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10 Most Popular Wagashi Traditional Japanese Sweets

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Japanese food is revered around the world for its delicious and subtle flavor combinations, in addition to its beautiful presentation. You are presumably familiar with all manner of Japanese cuisine from sushi to soba, but how much to you know about traditional Japanese sweets, otherwise known as “wagashi”? Today we will be taking a look [...]

Top 15 places to experience a matcha tea ceremony in Japan!

Top 15 places to experience a matcha tea ceremony in Japan! Kyoto, Tokyo and more!
The top 15 places to experience a matcha tea ceremony in Japan can be hard to find. With many adulterated ceremony's catered to tourists. In today’s HealthyTOKYO article we will be taking a look at 15 places around Japan where you can enjoy the most traditional matcha tea ceremony for yourself. The Japanese tea ceremony, [...]

Matcha vs Green Tea – What’s the difference?

Matcha vs Green Tea - What's the difference? Chinese vs Japanese matcha powder comparison
Matcha vs Green Tea – the terms and flavors of these two teas have infiltrated all sorts of food products over and above the teacup. It can be a commonly held perception these two teas are one in the same. Put simply, they are not. While both matcha and green tea come from the same [...]

Chinese vs Japanese Matcha Powder

Chinese vs Japanese matcha powder
Aaahhh, the peace and tranquility that comes from drinking Japanese matcha powder.  The earthy and creamy goodness is surpassed only by the copious benefits to our health. Matcha is matcha, right?  So not true!  Knowing where your matcha came from is one of the single most important aspects of matcha drinking.  The market is full [...]

Cultural significance of the matcha tea ceremony

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“Sado”, “Chanoyu”, or simply “Ocha”, are all names for the highly choreographed and ritualized Japanese matcha tea ceremony. The ceremony itself focuses on the preparation and serving of tea made from pure powdered green tea leaves called “matcha”, but there is much more to the ceremony than just drinking this antioxidant rich elixir. Tradition, aesthetics, [...]

Buying Yogurt In Japan

Buying Yogurt In Japan

Confused about which yogurt in Japan is best for you? You’re not alone! At the request of one of our readers we have delved into the yogurt aisle to get a better grasp on what lines the shelves in the dairy cooler. Buying just about any product in Japan can be a daunting task if […]

How To Prepare Matcha – Ways To Enjoy Drinking Matcha

How to prepare Matcha maple almond matcha latte
So you’ve made the leap into the world of matcha but now you’re wondering how to prepare matcha? Hopefully you have sought out the highest quality of organic matcha to maximize not only the nutritional elements but also the taste experience as well. With a few simple tips you can be on the way to [...]

Matcha Chia Pudding & Yogurt Bowl

buying yogurt in Japan bowl
What do your morning meal look like?  If the term morning meals has you baffled then you’re probably starting your day off on an empty tank.  I know, you’ve heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is true! Starting the day off with proper fuel will ignite your [...]