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Our Tabemono Tournament returns with a very yummy bread battle! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
Which do you like more: Anpan’s sweet red bean filling or Melonpan’s crispy cookie covering? 
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Our Tabemono Tournament returns with a very yummy bread battle! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

Which do you like more: Anpan’s sweet red bean filling or Melonpan’s crispy cookie covering? 

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Yay for icecream! ♥♥♥

Who can try to name all the flavors here? :)

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Yay for icecream! ♥♥♥

Who can try to name all the flavors here? :)

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Hokkaido Red bean Kitkat! ♥♥♥

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Hokkaido Red bean Kitkat! ♥♥♥

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Japanese curry for kids (and child-like adults haha) Which would you like to try? ♪(´ε`*)

You can find these from Japanese grocery stores :3

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Japanese curry for kids (and child-like adults haha) Which would you like to try? ♪(´ε`*)

You can find these from Japanese grocery stores :3

#japanloverme #japan #curry #tabemonomonth #tabemono

Japanese curry for kids (and child-like adults haha) Which would you like to try? ♪(´ε`*)

You can find these from Japanese grocery stores :3

#japanloverme #japan #curry #tabemonomonth #tabemono

Japanese curry for kids (and child-like adults haha) Which would you like to try? ♪(´ε`*)

You can find these from Japanese grocery stores :3

#japanloverme #japan #curry #tabemonomonth #tabemono

Pikachu Cafe in Roppongi Hills (/^o^)/♡

Thank you to our friend JL for the kawaii photos~♥ 

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Pikachu Cafe in Roppongi Hills (/^o^)/♡

Thank you to our friend JL for the kawaii photos~♥

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Our friends Emika, @_ashleydy , and Coleen recently visited the My Melody Cafe / The Guest Cafe & Diner in Shibuya Parco. ♥

Cute or too cute? :3

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Thank you for the photos ♥

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Our friends Emika, @_ashleydy , and Coleen recently visited the My Melody Cafe / The Guest Cafe & Diner in Shibuya Parco. ♥

Cute or too cute? :3

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Thank you for the photos ♥

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It’s summertime in Japan and the yummiest way to cool down is with our favorite shaved ice dessert (with syrup and condensed milk and known to be smoother than a snowcone and fresh like snow*) ~ kakigōri !!  ✧ ✧ ✧ So, wanna know about this delicious dessert’s past?   Kakigōri’s history is surprisingly very old, and dates back to the 11th century. The syrup used back then was extracted from flowers and fruits. The ice was only available during wintertime, so it was stored in specialized ice houses.  Gathering and storing ice was so painstakingly difficult back then, so kakigōri was such a huge luxury. Only the rich people and the highest officials could afford it! (ノ;o;)ノ~┻━┻ Japan then started to import ice from North America, in the hopes of making kakigōri more available to the public. But the travel time was too long (it took 6 months by ship) so they looked for other ways to obtain ice.  A food merchant, Kahe Nakagawa, soon discovered he could supply “Hakodate Ice” gathered and delivered from Hokkaido to Yokohama (and turn it into a business, of course)! Because of the ice supply, soon, the first ever kakigori shop was opened. The ice used back then was hand-shaved, until the ice-maker was invented in the Meiji period and the ice-shaving machine was invented in the Showa period. Soon, the delicacy became very popular and people started experimenting with syrup flavors and toppings~ And that’s how kakigōri came to be! ヽ(・ω・。)ノ ~~~ Do you have a similar shaved ice dessert in your country too? Share it with us!  Keep cool, JapanLovers! ヽ(。ゝω・。)ノ Reference: http://goo.gl/eNACQLwww.japanlover.me
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It’s summertime in Japan and the yummiest way to cool down is with our favorite shaved ice dessert (with syrup and condensed milk and known to be smoother than a snowcone and fresh like snow*) ~ kakigōri !!

✧ ✧ ✧

So, wanna know about this delicious dessert’s past?

Kakigōri’s history is surprisingly very old, and dates back to the 11th century. The syrup used back then was extracted from flowers and fruits. The ice was only available during wintertime, so it was stored in specialized ice houses.

Gathering and storing ice was so painstakingly difficult back then, so kakigōri was such a huge luxury. Only the rich people and the highest officials could afford it! (ノ;o;)ノ~┻━┻

Japan then started to import ice from North America, in the hopes of making kakigōri more available to the public. But the travel time was too long (it took 6 months by ship) so they looked for other ways to obtain ice.

A food merchant, Kahe Nakagawa, soon discovered he could supply “Hakodate Ice” gathered and delivered from Hokkaido to Yokohama (and turn it into a business, of course)! Because of the ice supply, soon, the first ever kakigori shop was opened. The ice used back then was hand-shaved, until the ice-maker was invented in the Meiji period and the ice-shaving machine was invented in the Showa period.

Soon, the delicacy became very popular and people started experimenting with syrup flavors and toppings~

And that’s how kakigōri came to be! ヽ(・ω・。)ノ

~~~

Do you have a similar shaved ice dessert in your country too? Share it with us!

Keep cool, JapanLovers! ヽ(。ゝω・。)ノ

Reference: http://goo.gl/eNACQL

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My Melody at The Guest Cafe & Diner ♥

The cafe is located at Shibuya Parco ♥

#japanloverme #japan #mymelody #tabemonomonth #tabemono #cafe

My Melody at The Guest Cafe & Diner ♥

The cafe is located at Shibuya Parco ♥

#japanloverme #japan #mymelody #tabemonomonth #tabemono #cafe

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//・。)

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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
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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! 

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

#japanloverme #japan #matcha #greentea #tabemono #tabemonomonth #kyoto

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

#japanloverme #japan #matcha #greentea #tabemono #tabemonomonth #kyoto

Who&#8217;s excited? ♥

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Who’s excited? ♥

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