Japan, Japanese food

Lucky KitKat

KitKat is another brand that goes into seasonal and regional overdrive here in Japan.  Over the years there have been over 300 different flavors of KitKat sold here in Japan. Flavors are often regionally based and are quite sort after as gifts. With the flavors coming from and being sold in the regions they are famous for… ie Okinawa purple…

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Japan, Japanese food

Haagen Daaz Ice Cream

Haagen Daaz in Japan are quite different to the Haagen daaz in the rest of the world, they are continually bringing out new flavors just for Japan.  I hear there are 40 flavors available in Japan that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.  To add to the allure, many of the flavors are seasonal.. Every season has its…

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Japanese food, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Namakemono – The “Lazy Baker”

Namakemono (no pan-ya) is an unusual bakery near my home that bakes amazing European style bread.  The name itself translates to the “Lazy Baker” but that’s not at all true as you can see. I first discovered this place about 6 months after I arrived in Japan and whenever I’m here in Japan I make sure I have a supply. Usually getting 3 or 4 loaves…

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Japanese food

Fugu

Fugu is the Japanese puffer fish and dishes made from it. Fugu preparation in Japan is highly controlled because Fugu is poisonous if not prepared correctly. Fugu contains tetrodotoxin a very toxic poison, in its organs, especially the liver, the ovaries, and the eyes.  After eating Fugu that is not correctly prepared the toxin paralyzes muscles, while leaving the victim conscious, but unable to move and ultimately…

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