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YOKOSO! Kawaii lovers, otaku minds and cool-ture fans of Nippon! ☆

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My Melody at The Guest Cafe & Diner ♥

The cafe is located at Shibuya Parco ♥

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My Melody at The Guest Cafe & Diner ♥

The cafe is located at Shibuya Parco ♥

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Pokemon Fuwafuwa cake ♥

From 7 eleven Japan ♥

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Pokemon Fuwafuwa cake ♥

From 7 eleven Japan ♥

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Tower Records Cafe x Rilakkuma Factory collaboration ♥♥♥

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Tower Records Cafe x Rilakkuma Factory collaboration ♥♥♥

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Today’s tabemono spotlight falls on our OTP~ Matcha / green tea and wagashi! ♡(*´・ω・)(・ω・`*)♡  Wagashi is a kind of traditional Japanese sweet that is usually served with tea. Its delicate sweetness balances out the bitterness of the tea (here we specifically use matcha, since it’s *almost* every JapanLover’s favorite!), which makes the two such a perfect combo!  There are many kinds of wagashi, and most are made from glutinous rice, red bean paste, or fruits/nuts (even flowers!). Like almost all Japanese food, they are also made in such a way that they are aesthetically pleasing ~ They are as pretty (and oh-so-cute) as they are yummy!! >3<  Do you know someone who can be your matcha, or your sweet wagashi? *giggle* *giggle* Tag them here!  (。・//ε//・。)www.japanlover.me
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Today’s tabemono spotlight falls on our OTP~ Matcha / green tea and wagashi! ♡(*´・ω・)(・ω・`*)♡

Wagashi is a kind of traditional Japanese sweet that is usually served with tea. Its delicate sweetness balances out the bitterness of the tea (here we specifically use matcha, since it’s *almost* every JapanLover’s favorite!), which makes the two such a perfect combo!

There are many kinds of wagashi, and most are made from glutinous rice, red bean paste, or fruits/nuts (even flowers!). Like almost all Japanese food, they are also made in such a way that they are aesthetically pleasing ~ They are as pretty (and oh-so-cute) as they are yummy!! >3<

Do you know someone who can be your matcha, or your sweet wagashi? *giggle* *giggle* Tag them here! (。・//ε//・。)

www.japanlover.me

Art by littlemisspaintbrush

Our tabemono origin story for today is about the deep-fried yet surprisingly light~ TEMPURA! ~~~The idea of the tempura recipe was brought to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century (along with Catholicism). &#8220;Tempura&#8221; came from &#8220;quattuor anni tempora&#8221;, or the “The Ember Days ”, where Catholics refrain from eating meat, hence tempura is prepared with seafood and vegetables (as a substitute for meat). It soon became very popular especially in street food stalls, and was eaten all year round. (°∀°)bExtra trivia:☆ In preparing the batter, one should not mix/stir it too much, for it will lose its crunchiness when fried (it becomes chewy instead).☆ Lumps in the batter = crunchy!☆ When frying the tempura, some crunchy debris or bits called &#8220;tenkasu&#8221; are scooped out from the cooking oil and put aside to be used as toppings in other dishes.~~~We hope you love tempura as much as we do~ ^-^ Because of its ingredients and the way it&#8217;s prepared, we think this might be the healthiest we can get from a deep-fried food Until our next tabemono origin story, JapanLovers! www.japanlover.me
Art by littlemisspaintbrush

Our tabemono origin story for today is about the deep-fried yet surprisingly light~ TEMPURA! 

~~~

The idea of the tempura recipe was brought to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century (along with Catholicism). “Tempura” came from “quattuor anni tempora”, or the “The Ember Days ”, where Catholics refrain from eating meat, hence tempura is prepared with seafood and vegetables (as a substitute for meat). It soon became very popular especially in street food stalls, and was eaten all year round. (°∀°)b

Extra trivia:

☆ In preparing the batter, one should not mix/stir it too much, for it will lose its crunchiness when fried (it becomes chewy instead).

☆ Lumps in the batter = crunchy!

☆ When frying the tempura, some crunchy debris or bits called “tenkasu” are scooped out from the cooking oil and put aside to be used as toppings in other dishes.

~~~

We hope you love tempura as much as we do~ ^-^ 

Because of its ingredients and the way it’s prepared, we think this might be the healthiest we can get from a deep-fried food 

Until our next tabemono origin story, JapanLovers! 

www.japanlover.me

Art by littlemisspaintbrush

Heavenly greentea / matcha macaron parfait selections from a dessert shop in Gion area (Kyoto) ♥

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Heavenly greentea / matcha macaron parfait selections from a dessert shop in Gion area (Kyoto) ♥

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Who&#8217;s excited? ♥

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Who’s excited? ♥

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Hi JapanLovers! We&#8217;re going through your tabemono requests one by one, and today we present you with a kawaii infographic about the most requested topic: MATCHA!  Originating from the ancient Chinese dynasties, matcha has become very popular in Japan, and has been incorporated in almost every kind of food (and health/beauty products). From the meticulously-grown Camellia sinensis plant, the leaves are carefully picked, gathered, dried, and ground to powdered perfection! We say &#8220;Matcha everything!&#8221; from the basic soothing tea to the mouth-watering desserts, because we simply love its leafy, refreshing, and bittersweet goodness (and super healthy too!)   We can&#8217;t help but have a craving for it! (*^◇^)_旦 Stay tuned for more matcha-related food posts from us in the future~www.japanlover.me
Art by littlemisspaintbrush

Hi JapanLovers! We’re going through your tabemono requests one by one, and today we present you with a kawaii infographic about the most requested topic: MATCHA!

Originating from the ancient Chinese dynasties, matcha has become very popular in Japan, and has been incorporated in almost every kind of food (and health/beauty products).

From the meticulously-grown Camellia sinensis plant, the leaves are carefully picked, gathered, dried, and ground to powdered perfection!

We say “Matcha everything!” from the basic soothing tea to the mouth-watering desserts, because we simply love its leafy, refreshing, and bittersweet goodness (and super healthy too!)

We can’t help but have a craving for it! (*^◇^)_旦

Stay tuned for more matcha-related food posts from us in the future~

www.japanlover.me

Art by littlemisspaintbrush

Hello JapanLovers!  Like you requested, we&#8217;ll be doing some food origin stories for our Tabemono Months! Today, we start with the crowd favorite, Takoyaki! (*^ワ^*)~~~The Takoyaki StoryThe use of wheat and water (two of the basic ingredients of takoyaki), was brought by the French in the 17th century. Dishes made from these ingredients became popular in Osaka and Tokyo, where they used them in making crepe-like snacks.In the 20th century, when a terrible disaster swept across Japan, main food sources like rice became very short, so they sought for new and cheaper sources of food to alleviate hunger. This led to the discovery of more wheat-flour-based food, and as Japan recovered from the tragedy, more ingredients (egg, seafood, vegetables, meat) became available and were added to the batter base, and also toppings and sauces. Okonomiyaki (a kind of an egg pancake) and choboyaki (takoyaki&#8217;s predecessor) were later invented.Later on, a choboyaki street vendor named Endo Tomekichi made the first takoyaki ever by putting pieces of octopus in the batter. (Octopus was abundant in his hometown.) He was also inspired by another snack called &#8220;akashiyaki&#8221;, which is basically a ball of batter with a boiled octopus piece in the center (much like takoyaki), but is much softer and egg-rich, and is also dipped in a broth-like soup. (So, basically, takoyaki is the child of choboyaki x akashiyaki~)His newfound recipe became a huge hit! It initially contained only the basic ingredients: wheat flour, eggs, water, and a piece of octopus. Later on, people started to experiment with sauces and toppings, and this led to the super-yummy and flavorful modern takoyaki!~~~So that&#8217;s how takoyaki was born~ (︶ω︶)(And now we&#8217;re craving for some takoyaki hahaha)Until our next tabemono origin story, folks! www.japanlover.me~~~Sources: http://goo.gl/9WAbu4 http://goo.gl/UYbOe
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Hello JapanLovers!  Like you requested, we’ll be doing some food origin stories for our Tabemono Months! 

Today, we start with the crowd favorite, Takoyaki! (*^ワ^*)

~~~

The Takoyaki Story

The use of wheat and water (two of the basic ingredients of takoyaki), was brought by the French in the 17th century. Dishes made from these ingredients became popular in Osaka and Tokyo, where they used them in making crepe-like snacks.

In the 20th century, when a terrible disaster swept across Japan, main food sources like rice became very short, so they sought for new and cheaper sources of food to alleviate hunger. 

This led to the discovery of more wheat-flour-based food, and as Japan recovered from the tragedy, more ingredients (egg, seafood, vegetables, meat) became available and were added to the batter base, and also toppings and sauces. 

Okonomiyaki (a kind of an egg pancake) and choboyaki (takoyaki’s predecessor) were later invented.

Later on, a choboyaki street vendor named Endo Tomekichi made the first takoyaki ever by putting pieces of octopus in the batter. (Octopus was abundant in his hometown.) 

He was also inspired by another snack called “akashiyaki”, which is basically a ball of batter with a boiled octopus piece in the center (much like takoyaki), but is much softer and egg-rich, and is also dipped in a broth-like soup. (So, basically, takoyaki is the child of choboyaki x akashiyaki~)

His newfound recipe became a huge hit! It initially contained only the basic ingredients: wheat flour, eggs, water, and a piece of octopus. Later on, people started to experiment with sauces and toppings, and this led to the super-yummy and flavorful modern takoyaki!

~~~

So that’s how takoyaki was born~ (︶ω︶)
(And now we’re craving for some takoyaki hahaha)

Until our next tabemono origin story, folks! 
www.japanlover.me

~~~
Sources: http://goo.gl/9WAbu4 http://goo.gl/UYbOe

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Traditional bento set for lunch from a restaurant in Kyoto. ♥

Have you been to Kyoto before? Any food recommendations for fellow JapanLovers? ♥

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Traditional bento set for lunch from a restaurant in Kyoto. ♥

Have you been to Kyoto before? Any food recommendations for fellow JapanLovers? ♥

#japanloverme #japan #japanesefood #tabemono #bento #kyoto

Mcshake melon only in Japan ♥

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Mcshake melon only in Japan ♥

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We couldn’t get enough of oishii (yummy) Japanese food last year, so it’s tabemono time again in Japan Lover Me! ヾ(@^▽^@)ノ

For the months of July and August, our theme will be about different kinds of food found in Japan! ♥

Who’s excited? We know we are! ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ

What kind of Japanese food would you like us to feature?
What would you like to see us post (about tabemono) in the following two months? Leave a comment below~ ♥

Itadakimasu! ~ヾ(^∇^)

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When in Harajuku and craving for cookies go to Cookie Time!♥

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When in Harajuku and craving for cookies go to Cookie Time!♥

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Kawaii Japanese-style greeting cards! ♥

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Kawaii Japanese-style greeting cards! ♥

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Just another day in Shibuya! :3

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Just another day in Shibuya! :3

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