Category Archives: FOOD

Glico GABA Stress Fighting Chocolate

GABA, or gamma-amino butyric acid, is a component of chocolate that has been shown to have a stress reducing effect. This Glico product by the same name contains 280 mg of GABA per 100 g of product, and comes in milk chocolate and bitter chocolate varieties.

Possibly the more interesting point is that this product employs the relatively new food claim system in which a company takes responsibility for the claim instead of having it approved by the government. This was introduced to somewhat mimic the claim system in the US.

Therefore this product clearly claims psychological stress reduction, but then in small print points out that this claim has not been verified by the Japanese government.

Key words: Glico, GABA, chocolate, グリコ チョコレート ギャバ

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

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Nestle Kumamoto Kumamon Tea KitKat

Nestle is selling a special green tea variety of KitKat only in Kyushu and Okinawa. Kumamon is the brand character created by Kumamoto Prefecture and free for use in any product that contains ingredients from Kumamoto. Since the earthquake in Kumamoto last year, it has become a symbol for support for people in that area.

Key Words: Nestle, KitKat, Kumamoto Prefecture ネスレ キットカット くまもん くまもと茶 熊本県

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

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A Wonderland of Fruits

I had heard many things about Japan before I came here. Some turned out to be myths that busted later when I started living here but fruit being costly is as true as sun rising in the East.When I came to Japan for the first time, I was seriously shocked with the prices of fruits labelled in grocery stores. I questioned myself will I ever buy fruits in Japan? Well the gift wrapped fruits was something I would not buy for sure. But how could anyone say No to regular fruits? After all A-Z vitamins are richly packed in fruits. One possible reason for fruits being so expensive is because they are literally flawless and beautiful. You will first enjoy the fruits with your eyes (as they are very appealing) well in advance your tongue gets the taste of it.I am not aware what exactly are the standards for the fruits entering the market but they are “Absolutely Perfect- No Blemish, No Bruises”. Just like a catchy tag line for a beauty cream.You can also already tell that they are extremely juicy just with their appearance. The other possible reason could be the high maintenance in orchards where each and every fruit grown for commercial purpose is handled with such a care. Lucky fruits, right? That definitely make the fruits desirable.Once you try fruits in Japan you will hardly regret for paying the price. Paying for fruits in Japan is certainly worthy. I may sound biased if I choose one fruit over the other fruits because all of them are equally competent taste and looks wise. However, if I am asked to pick my top three they will be Persimmon, Cherry and Apple. 1. Persimmon ( Khaki in Japanese)- I had never been such a big fan of Persimmon until …continue reading


8 Japan Foodie Instagram Accounts To Follow

It’s perhaps an unarguable fact (go on, try me…!) that Japanese food is the tastiest and prettiest kind of food there is. Whether you like your food kawaii, homely, or gourmet, there’s something to tempt everyone’s palate on this list. I guess what I’m trying to say is, brace yourselves for some serious saliva-inducing pics!

1.The Only Onigiri For Me @nzngram

This account gets the number one spot because it looks entirely copyable. Also, there are sooo many different onigiri (rice ball) face combinations. Plus, it’s suitable for everyone, at any occasion. I mean, who doesn’t like a pea-nosed smiling rice ball on their plate? In all seriousness, onigiri master Nin has great ideas for anybody who wishes to elicit a big smile on their loved ones’ face.

2. A Family Affair @heavydrinker

Don’t let the name put you off. This account is all family charm and loveliness. Featuring homely photos from a family kitchen, this super-parent pours their heart and soul into every dish. All content is in Japanese but the themes are universal. Plus, the mesmerizing food videos need no translation.

3. All ‘Bout that Bento @maaaarukoo

Look no further for next-level bento inspiration. Stuck on what to pack for your own, sweetheart’s and/or little-munchkin’s lunch tomorrow? Head over to this account for some savory stimulus. And, if you really like what you see, you can purchase Maruko’s first cookbook on Amazon (link in profile).

A photo posted by まる子 (@maaaarukoo) on Dec 19, 2016 at 2:59pm PST

4. For The Love of Food (and Cats) @higuccini

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