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Baked Autumn Salmon (Aki-Sake) Recipe

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The word for salmon in Japanese is Sake (or shake). Salmon caught in season from September to November is called Aki-sake. Out of season salmon (from May to June) is called Tokishirazu.

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The Beauty in Odd Table Settings

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A proper table setting is undoubtedly an important aspect of enjoying a meal. While the highly-evolved Western arrangements emphasize an even number of matched place settings, traditional Japanese settings include both even and odd as well as unmatched pieces.

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Know Your Japanese Mushrooms

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, and Eringi. Do you recognize these words?

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, Eringi, Kofuki-Saru-no-Koshikake.  Do you recognize these words? They are just a few of the many types of mushrooms seen in food markets in Japan.

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Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day

iced-shiso-juiceQuench your thirst with a zesty cup of iced shiso juice. The vibrant color and the invigorating taste is bound to liven-up any occasion.

This recipe is for making 3.5 cups of concentrate, yielding 48 cups of iced shiso juice.… Read the rest

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Japanese Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ginger

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Japanese pickled ginger (called “Gari”) is a very easy to prepare and deliciously healthy condiment, commonly served in sushi restaurants.

young-ginger-rootsGinger roots are in season in early summer. The young roots have a tender flesh and natural sweetness, with strong … Read the rest

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