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Guide to Okinawa’s popular alcohol awamori

If you think of alcohol and Japan, then the first thing that springs to mind is sake – but there are other alcoholic drinks too, one of which comes from the island of Okinawa! Awamori is an alcoholic drink which is also known as shimazakae, or island sake.

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VIDEO: Speakin’ Japanese: Let’s eat mango

If you have not noticed, mango is reaching peak ripeness on Okinawa.

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GENTLE Sushi Bar in Tokyo: The omakase experience you’ve been searching for

There is nothing like watching a chef prepare sushi to perfection right before your eyes.

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Taste of Japan: Delicious desserts 24/7 at unmanned Châteraisé in Tokyo

Dessert in Tokyo has hit peak convenience with the opening of a Châteraisé confectionary branch in the Nishiazabu neighborhood.

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Tasting Tokyo: Try top-notch Japanese tonkatsu in Meguro

Only a 15-minute walk from the museum and park, you’ll find a top-notch tonkatsu restaurant.

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Taste of Japan: Challenge your spice levels at Akihabara’s Ethiopian Curry Kitchen

Nestled among Akihabara’s many shops, cafés, arcades and electronic shops, you’ll find many curry and ramen restaurants to keep you well fed at cheap prices.

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Taste of Japan: Restaurant in morning market near Misawa serves up fresh seafood

If you are located on Misawa Air Base and want to enjoy delicious, local fresh raw fish nearby, Minato Shokudo is where you want to go.

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VIDEO: Japan Kitchen: Easy recipe for famous CoCo's curry

The recipe below is meant to replicate your favorite CoCo’s curry sauce and, best of all, it can be personalized with whatever ingredients you enjoy

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Japan Kitchen: Easy recipe for Japanese tempura

Tempura used to be a dish that required great skill and experience.

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VIDEO: Japan Kitchen: Turning instant noodles into okonomiyaki

Instant noodles are great for a quick meal on the run or in between grocery store raids, but they also make great bases for more intricate meals.

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Japan Kitchen: Easy recipes for soymilk and tofu

In these strange times, many of us are going back to our kitchens to rediscover long-lost domestic arts like bread baking (if you are lucky enough to find yeast and flour!), experimenting with fermentation, and making our own everyday staples – in my case, I’ve gone back to baking my own yeast bread, making tofu and fermenting my own yogurt and pickles at home.

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VIDEO: Getting reacquainted with Yamanashi’s signature hotou noodles

Hotou is a hot pot noodle dish unique to Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture dating back to the Heian Period (794-1185).

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Shaved ice in Japan: Kakigoori parlors near your base

During summer months, you can find sweets joints and cafes serving kakigoori virtually everywhere in Japan.

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VIDEO: Fun in Japan: Enjoy tealeaf-picking near Mt. Fuji in Fujinomiya

At the foot of Mt. Fuji, Fujinomiya City in Shizuoka Prefecture offers an impressive view of vast bright green tea fields spreading against the backdrop of the majestic mountain.

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