Category Archives: smell

sukiyaki

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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Strangely named sports drink ‘POCARI SWEAT’

In summer, we need to supplement the water lost by perspiration.  ‘POCARI SWEAT’ is a long selling sports drink in Japan.  It says it is close to human body fluid.  That’s why the beverage has the name including ‘sweat’.  ‘Pocari’ is not Japanese.  No one … Continue reading

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Natto, a recommendable food if you want to be a hero.

This is ‘natto’, a must food for the Japanese-style breakfast.  As you can see, it doesn’t look great.  It is sticky and smells bad, too.  But many Japanese love it.  Actually, this is always one of the foods Japanese miss the most in foreign … Continue reading

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my favorite snack, ‘senbei’

(From Yahoo Japan images) Senbei is a very popular Japanese snack.  It is salty crackers made from wheat flour and rice seasoned with soy sauce or salt.  It is less oily than potato chips.  When the wrapper is opened, a savory scent comes out.  Although I … Continue reading

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