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Japan’s Christmas Chicken

What do you usually eat for Christmas dinner? If you’re like most Americans, a hearty, home-cooked turkey is high on your list. Unfortunately, such a bird is hard to come by in a country like Japan, where the average home’s oven is too small to accommodate its size. So, when
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Sukiyaki: A Hot Choice for a Cold Night

Sukiyaki is a Japanese hot pot dish that comes in the form of thinly-sliced beef, tofu, and vegetables mixed together and simmered in a combination of sake, soy sauce, and mirin rice wine. It traces its roots back to Japan’s Meiji Era, between 1868 and 1912. This was a time when
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The Story of Japan’s Famous Tsukiji Market

The Tsukiji Market is one of Tokyo’s most significant landmarks, coming in the form of a grand center for buying and selling seafood. Japanese restaurants throughout the country and beyond depend upon the bounty of this historical marketplace. This history of Tsukiji begins in
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Was Bluefin Sushi Always So Popular?

The toro, or bluefin tuna, is considered by many to be the finest fish available to the sushi world. A good piece of bluefin can command an astounding price in seafood auctions. However, this was not always true. It wasn’t long ago that toro was actually considered to be a
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Ocean Day

Back in 1941, Japan commemorated the voyage of the Meiji Emperor aboard the Meiji-Maru steamship by establishing Umi No Kinen Bi, or Marine Memorial Day. In 1996, the government changed this day to a national holiday called Umi No Hi, or Ocean Day. It is on this day that the
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