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Rice with bamboo shoots a spring delight / JAPANESE HOME COOKING

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TAKENOKO GOHAN, rice cooked with bamboo shoots, a delicacy in spring, is a dish that brightens the dining table. Cooking expert Atsuko Matsumoto's advice is to cook the rice in chicken stock to add flavor to the otherwise light flavor of the bamboo shoot.
Matsumoto also suggests using the boiled chicken left over after making the stock in a salad. This can be done by cutting the chicken into strips, mixing them with cucumbers, ginger, takuan pickles, myoga ginger and oba leaves, all cut into thin strips, and seasoned to taste with soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil.

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Chef reveals secrets to great fried chicken / JAPANESE HOME COOKING

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Chicken saute, as quick fried chicken is called in Japan, is something you would want to serve with its skin crispy and golden and the meat chunky.
According to cooking instructor and author Masayo Waki, the two secrets to achieve this is to allow the chicken to reach room temperature before cooking, and press the meat down with a weight while frying to keep it in close contact with the pan. Serves four.

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Mama's miso soup (おふくろの味) / Japanese Taste

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Most middle-aged Japanese are instantly transported back to childhood at the mere mention of their mama's miso soup.
For those hailing from Kyushu and the southwest provinces of Japan's main island of Honshu, taste memories are likely to include a steaming bowl of breakfast soup seasoned with winy, caramel-colored, mugi (barley) miso.

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Another manga character statue damaged on Tokyo street

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May 22Japan's crackdown on loansharks may prompt housewives to peddle flesh(Tokyo Reporter)
Nikkan Gendai May 19From June 18, a revised law controlling moneylenders, which has been applied incrementally up to now, goes into full force. A salient feature of the law, reports Nikkan Gendai (May 19), will be a limit on the loan amount to less than one-third of the borrower’s annual income. At the same time, nearly all consumer loan companies are ceasing to extend loans to housewives. This is no small matter. According to the national census of 2005, Japan had 16.4 million full-time housewives, of whom an estimated 4.75 million, or 29 percent, had taken out consumer loans.

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'Railroad girls' proving irresistible as marketing ploy

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'Railroad girls' proving irresistible as marketing ploy
Yomiuri - May 20, 2010

Minami Kurihashi's face adorns the labels of many beverages sold at the Inoue liquor store in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture. A female staffer of Tobu Railway Co., Kurihashi also appears on cell phone straps and other goods at nearly 30 stores nearby. But despite being the face of a local promotion campaign, Kurihashi is not a real person. Kurihashi is one of an increasing number of characters depicted as female employees at railway companies. These "railroad girls" are playing a growing role in local promotions, and some have built up a devoted fan following. The craze for "railroad girls" took off after Tomytec Co., a company in Mibumachi, Tochigi Prefecture, produced and sold a figure of "a girl who worked at a station." Tomytec started selling the figures in 2005 and has produced 60 different types. More than 1.3 million figures have been bought by fans. (Yomiuri)

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Learning how to cook, Japanese-style

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Learning how to cook, Japanese-style 
Times-Standard - ‎May 19, 2010‎

”It is delightful to find how this area offers a surprisingly wide variety of Japanese food and cooking tools,” she said. She cites finding the tofu factory ...

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Takoyaki (たこ焼き) / Japanese Food

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Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼) (literally fried or baked octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Taisho-era Osaka, where a street vendor named Endo Tomekichi is credited with its invention in 1935.

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Sake Drinkers' Food (2) / Japanese Food

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Certain foods are strongly associated with drinking and are often known as otsumami. This is an honorific formed from the verb tsumamu, to pick something up by the fingertips (or chopsticks).
Another expression for food specifically intended as an accompaniment to sake is sakana. Below are a few of the bits and pieces to be found at the elbow of drinkers in Japan - sakana every sake fan should try at least once.

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Sake Drinkers' Food / Japanese Food

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Certain foods are strongly associated with drinking and are often known as otsumami.
This is an honorific formed from the verb tsumamu, to pick something up by the fingertips (or chopsticks). Another expression for food specifically intended as an accompaniment to sake is sakana.
Below are a few of the bits and pieces to be found at the elbow of drinkers in Japan - sakana every sake fan should try at least once.

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French-Jap, American-Jap, and now Indian-Japanese

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Food & Wine Events: East Bay and Beyond 
San Jose Mercury News - ‎May 12, 2010‎

ITK Culinary — Classes include: Vegetarian Indian with Mona Shah, Wellness Cooking, Singles Night, Resolving Sugar Cravings and Japanese Flavors. ...

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Tokyo samurai women punish fat with sword workout

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May 15Power-hungry hordes flock to Ise Grand Shrine (Yomiuri)
More and more people in recent years are hoping to get a taste of spiritual power at the famed Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. The sharp increase in the number of visitors to the shrine is attributable to the recent power spot craze, coverage of which has become a mainstay in lifestyle magazines and on Internet sites. A power spot is a place known for its restorative or energizing powers. Last year saw nearly 8 million visitors to the shrine.

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Cannes Film Festival opens as Japan's Kitano competes for top award

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Japanese to build world's tallest building on floating lilypad
Fox News - May 14, 2010

Japanese scientists, engineers and financiers have begun work on a project that will make the construction excesses of Dubai look timid: a tower 3,300-foot high and a vertical farm balanced on a floating concrete lilypad. By the year 2025, they claim, all the necessary technology should be ready to start building -- assuming a suitable patch of calm, equatorial ocean can be identified. (Fox News)

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Uni-Ikura Donburi (on Soba-Gohan)

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This is a rendition of the ever popular Uni-Ikura Donburi, here we serve it on soba-gohan (rice with soba kernels).
Uni is the roe of sea urchin and ikura the roe of salmon.
Combined and served on rice, this delectable combination makes Uni-Ikura Donburi. Our rendition here uses soba-gohan and makes this donburi dish decidedly nouveau. Soba is buckwheat, the same that is used to make soba noodles.

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Somen (素麺) / Japanese Food

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Sōmen (素麺) are very thin, white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. The noodles are usually served cold and are less than 1.3 mm in diameter. And it's one of the typical ingredients of Summer Recipes.
The distinction between sōmen and the next thicker wheat noodles hiyamugi and even thicker Japanese wheat noodles udon is that sōmen is stretched while hiyamugi and udon are cut.

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Hiyashi chūka (冷やし中華) / Summer Japanese Food

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Hiyashi chūka (冷やし中華) is a Japanese dish consisting of chilled ramen noodles with various toppings served in the summer. Toppings are usually colorful cold ingredients and a tare dressing.
Popular toppings are strip of tamagoyaki, carrot, cucumber, ginger, ham, and chicken. The tare sauce is usually made from water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds.

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Maguro no Tataki Don - Minced Tuna and Herbs on Rice / Japanese Food

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Introduce other type of tuna cooking. 
That is to say, maguro no tataki don - minced raw tuna over rice with raw egg topped.
Especially since June, apparently maguro tastes its best. And June might be a best season for maiking maguro no tataki don. The quail egg addition is also good.

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Locavorism Grows Up

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Gwyneth Paltrow's restaurant dream 
The Press Association - ‎Apr 30, 2010‎

"I think I would have a restaurant, I would be growing food or cooking food - I cook everything, a lot of American food, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, ...

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Nara marks its long history, but not without a few snags

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May 08DPJ lawmaker Renho named one of five 'Best Mother' award winners (Mainichi)
House of Councillors member Renho has been named a winner in the Best Mother Awards 2010 along with four other celebrity moms. The award ceremony was held in Tokyo on Thursday, with Renho, known as a leading member of the Government Revitalization Unit, and the four other winners -- sports commentator Mikako Kotani, freelance announcer Junko Kubo, actress Makiko Esumi and singer Chisato Moritaka -- taking part.

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Old vs. new in Japan tourist push

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Old vs. new in Japan tourist push
May 7, 2010 by New York Times

A dolphin pool, a penguin park and a giant wave pool could soon join the imperial-era townhouses and ancient Buddhist temples in Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. As early as June, work will begin on a mammoth aquarium complex in central Kyoto, in leafy Umekoji Park at the center of the city. Developers say the project, a brainchild of Orix Real Estate, will breathe life into Kyoto's tourism industry by attracting more than two million visitors a year. But to opponents, the proposed aquarium, set to open in 2012, is misguided and threatens to destroy the city's historic ambience. (New York Times)

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Japan brand touted at Shanghai Expo

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TV chef takes on hospital food 
BBC News - ‎Apr 30, 2010‎

The Reading University team has been experimenting with introducing strong flavours from Japanese food into British classics like shepherd's pie. ...

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