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Police on alert near Sky Tree in Golden Week
Apr 29, 2010 by Yomiuri

With many people expected to flock to Tokyo Sky Tree in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, during the Golden Week holiday period, ward officials and police officers will be on alert around the structure. The Sky Tree became the highest structure in the country in late March, and since then the number of visitors to the area has sharply increased. According to the Tokyo Sky Tree Info Plaza, an information center near the tower, there had been more than 17,000 visitors in April as of Saturday. (Yomiuri)

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'Samurai' parade marks 150th year of Japan warship's arrival in U.S.

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Apr 25Man arrested over murder after woman found with knife in chest(Mainichi)
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman who was found dead here Friday with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest. Shuji Koyama, 28, from Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murdering Rika Kanazawa, 29, a hotel worker also from Hitachi. At around 11:15 p.m. on Friday, rescue workers received an emergency call from a woman reporting that someone had collapsed outside an apartment complex in Hitachi. Officers found the woman lying in a passageway on the premises with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest.

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U.S. says no way on Tokunoshima

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Apr 24, 2010 by AP

A city government in Hyogo Prefecture has rejected a resident's application to obtain newly instituted benefits designed to aid families with children after the man, a South Korean national, attempted to apply for 554 children who he said were adopted in Thailand, a city official told Kyodo News Saturday. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued earlier this month a notice detailing some conditions for children residing abroad and others to be eligible for the benefit such as being in the same household and individually approved by the local municipal government. (AP)

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Humble veggie dish dates back to Edo Period / JAPANESE HOME COOKING

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KINPIRA gobo, stir-fried slivers of burdock and carrots, is something you find sitting humbly in the corner of a packed bento lunch box or in a small bowl on the family dining table.
The burdock is shaved into thin shreds in western regions of Japan, while the root is cut into thin match-like sticks in the east. Its origin dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) when people ate it seasoned with hot pepper.

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Flat Fish with Salt (Karei Shio-yaki) / Japanese Food

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As you might know, there are two kinds of Flat Fish.
Karei is righteye flounders's family, Pleuronectidae, of flounders.
They are called "righteye flounders" because most species lie on the sea bottom on their left side, with both eyes on the right side. The Paralichthyidae are the opposite, with their eyes on the left side.
I love "Sashimi of Karei" but also love "Karei Shio-yaki".
Introduce herewith "Flat Fish with Salt (Karei Shio-yaki)".

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Asian mushrooms in history / Japanese Food

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Many mushrooms that are originally from the Far East are not only available dried and canned but can also be found fresh in produce markets the world over.
Perhaps the best known of these - and certainly the most available - is the Japanese brown mushroom or shiitake (Cortinellus shiitake).
Once grown only in Japan by introducing spores to a local type of oak tree, this mushroom is now cultivated in the United States - on artificial logs.

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Sushi in history / Japanese Food

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The basic concept of fish preparation in Japan is suggested by the following proverb: "Eat it raw first of all, then grill it, and boil it as the last resort."
To amplify, it is felt that the taste and texture of fish is best appreciated when it is very fresh and eaten raw.
If the fish is a little less than fresh then its best taste will be produced by sprinkling it with salt and grilling it.
If the fish is not fresh, then it is better boiled with seasonings, such as soy sauce or soybean paste (miso).

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Yakitori Dishes / Japanese Food

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Although other foods are served, chicken is the mainstay of the yakitori-ya.
Morsels of chicken are skewered by themselves or interspersed with pieces of leek or other vegetables.
Other dishes include chicken wings, tender white-meat chicken breast fillets (sasami), dark-meat chicken-leg chunks, chicken livers and other organs, ground-chicken meatballs (tsukune), and even chicken skin. Non-chicken items include large shiitake mushrooms, green peppers, ginkgo nuts and small quail eggs.

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Japan decides to grant visa to Rebiya Kadeer and Dalai Lama

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Apr 17Japan decides to grant visa to Rebiya Kadeer and Dalai Lama(people.com.cn)
The government of Japan on Thursday decided to grant the visa to Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the so-called World Uygur Congress, expressed a desire to visited Japan on May 20, while the Dalai Lama has the same plan on June 18. Despite China has been opposing any foreign country to grant the visa to Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama, the government of Japan persisted in its consistent stand that they will "not receive them as important person, and the visa is issued in accordance with the law."

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Snow falls in Tokyo, matches 1969 record for season's latest snowfall

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Snow falls in Tokyo, matches 1969 record for season's latest snowfall
Apr 16, 2010 by AP

Snow fell in central Tokyo on Saturday as the mercury plunged, matching the 1969 record for the season's latest snowfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Snow also fell in other areas in the Kanto-Koshin regions mainly in the early hours, with 16 centimeters accumulating in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, 18 cm in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture and 3 cm in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture as of 5 a.m. Saturday's snow in central Tokyo, Yokohama, Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture and some other areas matched the record for the latest snowfall logged April 17, 1969. (AP)

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Yakitori (grilled chicken) / Japanese Food

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Skewers of succulent chicken dipped in barbecue sauce, grilled to perfection over hot charcoals, then washed down with cold beer -- it's easy to see the appeal of yakitori after a hard day's work.
Not surprisingly, yakitori-ya (yakitori restaurants and stands) are popular early-evening gathering places, filled with office workers stopping off for a quick snack before the train ride home.

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Enjoy teppanyaki in cushioned comfort‎

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First they take Quebec, then they take Vancouver
Montreal Gazette
- Apr 17, 2010

He has been cooking in Vancouver for six years now, the past three of which ... The Japanese influence is still very strong, as is the push to use local and ...

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Unaju (うな重・鰻 重)

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Unaju (うな重・鰻 重) is "grilled eel "piled" over rice (larger than unadon)".
Grilled unagi is a delicacy in Japan, popular not only for its flavor but also for its stamina-giving properties. It's traditionally eaten during one of the hottest days of the summer (sometime in late July) to provide strength and vitality for the rest of the year.

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Japanese sembei crackers / Japanese Food

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Japan is a snackers' heaven.
Convenience stores are everywhere you look, and hot and cold running snacks are at your fingertips 24 hours a day.
Potato chips alone come in well over 100 flavors, running the gamut from exotic Thai tom yum and Caesar salad to the more Japanese-inspired gyoza (pork dumpling) and mentaiko (spicy cod roe).

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Saikyo-zuke (sweet miso-marinated fish) / Japanese Food

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Miso (みそ or 味噌) is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin (麹菌), the most typical miso being made with soy.
Saikyo Miso is made by Miso Makers in Kyoto.
Saikyo-zuke is one of Kyoto food, sweet miso-marinated fish by using Saikyo Miso.

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New cultural export: TV variety shows

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Apr 10 Police lower accusations against rape suspect out of respect for victim's wishes (Mainichi)
 Police investigating the rape of a woman in her 20s sent the suspect to public prosecutors on suspicion of rape instead of the more serious accusation of rape resulting in injury to avoid a lay-judge trial, it has been learned. If police had accused the suspect of rape resulting in injury, the case would have been subject to a lay judge trial, but the victim was worried a lay judge trial would compromise her privacy.

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Right-wingers vow to block 'The Cove' in Japan

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Japan rebels launch new opposition party
Apr 10, 2010 by AFP

Japan's former finance minister Kaoru Yosano and four other political veterans on Saturday launched a new party ahead of July polls as their conservative opposition camp struggles to regain power. Former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma assumed head of the party, named "Stand up Japan" and consisting of former members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which lost its half-century grip on power in last year's lower house election. (AFP)





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Wakatakeni Recipe (Simmered Bamboo Shoots and Wakame)

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It's a popular Japanese spring dish.
When fresh bamboo shoots are available (around from mid March to mid May), it's simmered with wakame seaweed. Bamboo shoots and wakame seaweed go well together.

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(Bamboo shoots)

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Ichigo daifuku / Japanese Food

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Ichigo daifuku are sweet Japanese snacks filled with strawberry and anko (sweet red bean paste), also known as strawberry mochi.

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(Ichigo Daifuku / Image)

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Onigiri / Japanese Food

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Introduce "Onigiri (御握り; おにぎり)".
It is essentially a rice-cake. Great for after-school snacks for the kids and appetizers for adults!
Onigiri also known as omusubi (御結び; おむすび) or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed).

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