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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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Pairing Drinks with Your Sushi

What do you like to drink with your sushi? If you’re like many people, a dinner at our Bellevue Japanese restaurant is a time to indulge in both sushi and sake. After all, what better compliment could there be for a classic Japanese dish than a classic Japanese rice wine?
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Valentine’s Day in Japan

Valentine’s Day is an important day for romance and lovers in Japan, just like it is in the United States. However, the specific way that it is celebrated is quite different. While we in the West are accustomed to seeing retailers promote lavish chocolate gift boxes for men to
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New Year’s Celebrations in Japan

We in the US are accustomed to marking the New Year with some serious partying. However, we don’t even come close to the celebrations that are commonly seen in Japan. New Year’s is a very important time for the Japanese, one which is marked with many traditions and customs. The
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