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Would you try these new Japanese Chocolate Chip Salt Watermelon Cookies?

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Would you try these new Japanese Chocolate Chip Salt Watermelon Cookies? Ito chocolate, a famous chocolate and sweet maker, has created a new chocolate cookies with a very unlikely flavor: salt watermelon. What are the odds to choose this flavor in the West? Thin, obviously. However, Japan has made it yet again! And we’re happy for that! It will be released on May 23rd for all of us to enjoy. It’ll cost 220yen excluding tax. The dough cookies will have an amazing watermelon flavor with a pinch of salt, and chocolate cookies. Chocolate chips have tiny chocolate seeds for you to enjoy. The salt brings up the taste of watermelon, and the whole combination is just amazing.

Even if this flavor choice might seem somewhat unusual, it isn’t so for Japan. Sumer time is the time for enjoying watermelons on the seaside. Thus, Ito’s choice for watermelon just makes sense. Since summer is around the corner, so the watermelon flavor is the one to win this season!

If you’re travelling around Japan, stop by a convenience store or a supermarket and get your hands on them and try them out. If you’re interested in them and want to have tons of wonderful cookie boxes for you to try, let us know.

Remember, these wonderful cookies will be available from May 23! A box is plan to cost 220 yen excluding taxes. Don’t miss them!

Source: Entabe
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Bento Friday: super cute bento box ideas

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This week Bento Friday is too cute! We have super cute bento box ideas for you. Take a look at all the pictures and get inspired to create super cute bentos for your family and friends!! We start with some Monsters. Too cute to be eaten, right?

The idea is to create compelling bento boxes with simple ideas. You can start with simple characters and go up from there.

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Sailor Moon cooking: beyond kawaii sweets

Today we have a yummy Sailor Moon cooking post just for you! Now that Halloween is approaching, and some sweets have to be prepared to celebrate it with style, why don’t go beyond what’s expected and create the best sweet menu ever? We have collected some awesome ideas: Sailor Moon cookies, Sailor Moon mini cakes and Sailor Moon cupcakes! You are going to love them all! And the best part of it is that you can be a Sailor Moon yourself in the kitchen and outside the kitchen!

Get your Sailor Moon apron and get prepared to cook the most irresistible Sailor Moon sweets for this Halloween! And let’s start with some Sailor Moon cookies! Just take a look to the video above and get ideas for creating awesome Sailor Moon cookies. They are really not difficult to bake, and they look so cute!

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Japanese yummies: Japanese Kawaii Food

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Some yummies in Japan are so creative that you start wondering if you should eat them or not! Japanese kawaii food gives you another level of satisfaction: it not only attacks your taste, but it also makes your eyes marvel. Not only you can find seals in sherbets trying to make their way through a sea of yummy pinkish sherbet, or funny bears swimming in ice creams, you can also find all types of menus! Yummy kawaii hamburgers, yummy kawaii drinks, yummy kawaii coffees (my favorite!), and yummy kawaii deserts! Anything that you can think of will be kawaii, and of course, yummy.

So, why do we consume so many kawaii foods? Why do we entertain ourselves with such delightful kawaii foods, if we are going to taste them right away and destroy the kawaii figure?

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Japan Word of the Day #126 – Ekiben


Today’s Word is: Ekiben (駅弁)

Like to travel?
If you are a type who likes to travel by trains, ekiben (駅弁) might suits your taste.
Ekiben is a type of bento sold for passengers traveling by train. You can usually buy an ekiben at a train station or on a train (not all trains have them onboard).

A kiosk selling ekiben.

A kiosk in train station selling ekiben.

The first ekiben ever sold is said to be a couple of onigiri rice balls with pickled daikon wrapped in a bamboo leaf made by Nippon Railway’s Utsunomiya Station on July 16th, 1885. Yes, it’s 29 years ago today.
Ekiben today often reflects specialties of areas in which trains run on. By trying different kinds of ekiben, you’ll experience dishes from different areas of Japan.

A map of Japan showing ekiben from different areas.

A map of Japan showing some of the most popular ekibens from different areas.

Image sources: Gurunavi, Iitoko Iimono Blog

Japan Word of the Day #124 – Hanbāgu

Today’s Word is: Hanbāgu (ハンバーグ)

Hanbāgu (ハンバーグ) is a Japanese dish that is popular among all ages.
Although its name might sound similar to “hamburger,” actual Japanese hanbāgu resembles more like what’s called meatloaf to western people.


Recipes vary from household to household, but basic ingredients are pork (or beaf, or half and half), chopped onions, salt, spice, bred crumble, and egg.
Sauce is typically demi-glace sauce (as seen in the photo above), but restaurants offer all sorts of sauce options. Some popular hanbāgu sauces/topping include tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ponzu (with grated daikon radish), cheese, and teriyaki sauce.

Some hanbāgu has cheese inside the patty.


It’s definitely one of those must-try dishes in Japan.

Image sources: Gigazine, Navar

Japan Word of the Day #123 – Natsu Bate


Today’s Word is: Natsu Bate (夏バテ)

Summer in Japan is hot and humid. Forecast says it’s going to exceed 90 degrees this weekend in many areas of the country.
Natsu bate (夏バテ) is a common health problem that people fall in during this season.
Natsu bate is not a specific disease, but rather, a collective term for different symptoms caused by hot weather triggering imbalance of one’s autonomic nervous system. Natsu means summer, and bate means getting tired in literal translation.

Typical symptoms of natsu bate include fatigue, unable to think clearly, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, fever, dizziness, and headache. A human body reacts to hot weather by dilating its blood vessels to produce sweat and release heat. However, when humidity in air is also high, it blocks sweat from evaporating, thus causing body heat to remain inside.

There is no specific cure for natsu bate. The best you could do to avoid it is to maintain healthy lifestyle. Balanced diet, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, moderate exercise, etc. All the very basic things. When it’s hot, people tend to prefer eating cold noodle, ice cream, sports drink, which are all primarily carbohydrates. Doctors and nutritionists recommend consciously taking Vitamin B1 (abundant in pork, eels) in your diet so to facilitate fast conversion of carbs into readily usable energy.

Be healthy and enjoy the summer!

Image source: Osaka Medical Association