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Sukiyaki is a popular home cooking on a special occasion such as one’s birthday and celebration.  The main ingredients are slices of beef, onions, tofu, nappa cabbage and mushrooms.  Sukiyaki was a symbol for Japan’s modernization and Westernization after the feudal ages ended in 1868 (Samurai’s … Continue reading

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Asagao, morning glory

Asagao, morning-glory is a typical summer flower here.  Japanese sweets served at a tea ceremony usually represent the season.  Asagao is often used as a summer theme for the sweets. The flowers open only in the morning and close in the afternoon.  Now elementary students often grow this flower … Continue reading

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Shogun, Ieyasu’s message

Ieyasu Tokugawa is one of the most important historical figures in Japan.  He was the first Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.  He came to power in 1603.  Until then Samurai families had been fighting each other to expand their territories … Continue reading

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