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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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Cultural Chopsticks

Have you ever taken a good, close look at your chopsticks? The next time you eat East Asian food, see if you can identify the cultural signature of your sticks. Indeed, the sticks we give you at our Bellevue sushi restaurant may not be the same as those you’d use at a Chinese or
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Poki: Hawaiian-Style Sashimi

Japan isn’t the only culture to have experimented with raw fish dishes! If you’re looking for something new at our Bellevue sushi restaurant, try ordering up a dish of poki salad. Poki, alternatively spelled “poke”, represents a Hawaiian version of the more familiar Japanese
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Sushi vs. Sashimi

What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi? If you’re dining at our Bellevue sushi restaurant, it’s important to know. Failing to distinguish between the two could mean ending up with a dish entirely different from what you were expecting, or it could at very least ruffle
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