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June In Tokyo: The Lowdown

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Posted on May 29, 2017 11:04 am | Leave your thoughts



The month of June in Tokyo marks the beginning of Summer and it’s also when the rainy season peaks. Tokyo’s Summers tend to be hot and humid, but June’s temperatures are mild. Rice planting and eating bamboo treats are traditions that the Japanese associate with June. Mizu-youkan” in bamboo tube (竹筒水ようかん) Yokan (羊羹) is a...

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Tokyo In May: The Happenings

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Posted on April 30, 2016 2:29 pm | Leave your thoughts



Tokyo in May is when the school kids and salarymen get to unwind, which starts with Golden Week. Golden Week is a much needed vacation for the hard working people of Tokyo and it essentially begins on April 29th, The Emperor’s Birthday. Constitution Memorial Day on May 3rd and Children’s Day on May 5th continue...

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Soba Restaurants In Tokyo: Fantastic Four

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Posted on December 18, 2015 12:59 pm | Leave your thoughts



Soba noodles are a favorite in Tokyo, which goes all the way back to its Edo days. Buckwheat flour is the base for this nutritious noodle and its health benefits are pronounced. Packing a nutty flavor and great texture, soba is an excellent source for thiamin, lean protein, and manganese. During the Edo period (about...

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Bizarre & Yummy Japanese Festival Food

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Posted on May 22, 2015 10:12 am | 1 Comment



Japanese festival food varies from the familiar to the strange, but most of the offerings are delicious. Festivals are a seasonal event all over Japan and many take place at shrines. A whole assortment of tents featuring treats, carnival style games, and actives fill up the area. The games are popular with kids and usually...

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Green Tea Weight Loss Magic

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Posted on May 10, 2015 1:01 pm | 2 Comments



Japan is one of the world’s least obese nations and green tea is a huge factor. Green tea weight loss benefits stem from a few things, its powerful antioxidant EGCG and the ability to boost the metabolic rate. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is actually used in a lot of weight loss supplements, so drinking tea will...

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