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      Japanese Dining Etiquette

      Polish your Japanese table manners with tutoring from experts.
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      Kaiseki (course menu)
      Kaiseki (course menu)Kaiseki (course menu)
      07.15.2016
      5:00
      How to eat

      Kaiseki (course menu)
      Ginza Koju
      Toru Okuda

      07.15.2016
      3:19
      Culture & History

      Kaiseki (course menu)
      Ginza Koju
      Toru Okuda

      07.15.2016
      4:33
      The Skill

      Kaiseki (course menu)
      Ginza Koju
      Toru Okuda

      Okonomiyaki
      OkonomiyakiOkonomiyaki
      07.15.2016
      3:16
      How to eat

      Okonomiyaki
      Okonomiyaki Kiji Shinagawa
      Eri Nakagawa

      07.15.2016
      3:11
      Culture & History

      Okonomiyaki
      Okonomiyaki Kiji Shinagawa
      Eri Nakagawa

      07.15.2016
      3:09
      The Skill

      Okonomiyaki
      Okonomiyaki Kiji Shinagawa
      Eri Nakagawa

      Fugu (blowfish)
      Fugu (blowfish)Fugu (blowfish)
      06.15.2016
      3:51
      How to eat

      Fugu (blowfish)
      Torafugu specialty restaurant, Genpin Fugu Asakusa-no-seki
      Tomoaki Sasaki

      06.15.2016
      2:59
      Culture & History

      Fugu (blowfish)
      Torafugu specialty restaurant, Genpin Fugu Asakusa-no-seki
      Tomoaki Sasaki

      06.15.2016
      4:24
      The Skill

      Fugu (blowfish)
      Torafugu specialty restaurant, Genpin Fugu Asakusa-no-seki
      Tomoaki Sasaki

      Unagi (eel)
      Unagi (eel)Unagi (eel)
      06.03.2016
      5:13
      How to eat

      Unagi (eel)
      Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
      Takeyuki Imai

      06.03.2016
      2:48
      Culture & History

      Unagi (eel)
      Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
      Takeyuki Imai

      06.03.2016
      3:09
      The Skill

      Unagi (eel)
      Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
      Takeyuki Imai

      Nabe (hot pot)
      Nabe (hot pot)Nabe (hot pot)
      05.26.2016
      6:46
      How to eat

      Nabe (hot pot)
      Kappo Kariya
      Shinichiro Kariya

      05.26.2016
      4:52
      Culture & History

      Nabe (hot pot)
      Kappo Kariya
      Shinichiro Kariya

      05.26.2016
      4:54
      The Skill

      Nabe (hot pot)
      Kappo Kariya
      Shinichiro Kariya

      TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)
      TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)
      05.18.2016
      3:17
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      TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)
      Tonkatsu Yachiyo
      Hideaki Ishizuka

      05.18.2016
      3:02
      Culture & History

      TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)
      Tonkatsu Yachiyo
      Hideaki Ishizuka

      05.18.2016
      3:03
      The Skill

      TONKATSU (fried pork cutlet)
      Tonkatsu Yachiyo
      Hideaki Ishizuka

      TEMPURA
      TEMPURATEMPURA
      05.11.2016
      3:15
      How to eat

      TEMPURA
      Tempura Kurokawa
      Takeshi Kurokawa

      05.11.2016
      3:48
      Culture & History

      TEMPURA
      Tempura Kurokawa
      Takeshi Kurokawa

      05.11.2016
      3:30
      The Skill

      TEMPURA
      Tempura Kurokawa
      Takeshi Kurokawa

      KUSHIYAKI
      KUSHIYAKIKUSHIYAKI
      04.14.2016
      5:18
      How to eat

      KUSHIYAKI
      Torishige
      Yuji Sakamaki

      04.14.2016
      3:32
      Culture & History

      KUSHIYAKI
      Torishige
      Yuji Sakamaki

      04.14.2016
      3:13
      The Skill

      KUSHIYAKI
      Torishige
      Yuji Sakamaki

      SOBA
      01.29.2016
      3:20
      How to eat

      SOBA
      Edo Soba Teuchidokoro Asada
      Yasunori Kasuya

      SHOJIN RYORI
      12.29.2015
      4:45
      How to eat

      SHOJIN RYORI
      Shojin Ryori Daigo
      Yusuke Nomura

      PRIVATE ROOM
      12.29.2015
      1:38
      How to use

      PRIVATE ROOM
      Shojin Ryori Daigo
      Yusuke Nomura

      JAPANESE SAKE
      12.29.2015
      3:17
      How to eat

      JAPANESE SAKE
      Fushikino
      Yusuke Miyashita

      SUKIYAKI
      12.29.2015
      4:14
      How to eat

      SUKIYAKI
      Onzoshi Kiyoyasutei
      Takeshi Nishio

      SHABU-SHABU
      12.29.2015
      3:23
      How to eat

      SHABU-SHABU
      Onzoshi Kiyoyasutei
      Takeshi Nishio

      SUSHI
      11.20.2015
      5:40
      How to eat

      SUSHI
      Ginza Sushi Aoki
      Toshikatsu Aoki

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      Finding an excellent chef with tastes that match your own is essential to fully enjoying your dining experience in Japan. Why not compare the backgrounds and philosophies of many of Japan's finest chefs in interviews presented by Savor Japan.

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      Tajima beef from Hyogo Prefecture
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      Tajima beef from Hyogo Prefecture

      Various brands of beef, including world-renowned Kobe beef, are derived from Tajima cattle, a breed of kuroge-wagyu (Japanese black cattle) raised in Hyogo Prefecture. Its meat is finely marbled with fat that has a low melting point and literally melts in your mouth. Only the finest beef meeting the most stringent standards of the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association is certified as Tajima beef. Whether grilled as steak or finely ground in hamburger, it tastes light and delicious. Be sure to try Tajima beef when visiting Japan!

      The hangover cure that comes in a shell. Shijimi.
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      The hangover cure that comes in a shell. Shijimi.

      When Japanese have morning hangovers, they typically consume shijimi (freshwater clams) to ward off the effects. The clams, available at supermarkets throughout Japan, contain amino acids (ornithine) that help detoxify ammonia, reduce fatigue and protect the liver. Too small to eat separately, they are usually added to miso soup to enhance its flavor. When eaten at restaurants, they give you the confidence to drink more alcohol without worrying about the next morning.

      Sweet and aromatic spring strawberries
      RECOMMENDED

      Sweet and aromatic spring strawberries

      Japanese strawberries are sweet, juicy and richly flavorful. This is especially true between March and May when the fruit is most delicious.
      They are most commonly grown in Tochigi, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, where berry picking in greenhouses is a popular pastime. Glossy Japanese strawberries are typically eaten plain in Japan, but are also added to cakes and various sweets. If you find yourself in Japan during the spring season, why not put strawberry picking on your to do list!

      Premium Japanese Kobe beef. A delicacy beyond compare.
      RECOMMENDED

      Premium Japanese Kobe beef. A delicacy beyond compare.

      Unbelievably tender and flavorful, beautifully marbled Kobe beef is only available from Tajima cattle meeting the most stringent standards. At least once in your life, you must experience the rich umami (savory flavor) as Kobe beef literally melts in your mouth. Whether served as steak, sukiyaki or shabu shabu, you will never forget the experience.

      Early spring - the season for cherry blossoms, seabream and whitebait.
      RECOMMENDED

      Early spring - the season for cherry blossoms, seabream and whitebait.

      When cherry trees bloom pink, seabream don the same color and become their smooth, fatty best. They are even renamed sakuradai (cherry blossom seabream) during this metamorphosis. Additioanlly, whitebait pleases the plate with seasonal creamy sweetness. It is also delicious as crispy tempura.

      Explore the surprisingly diverse flavors of Japanese sake.
      RECOMMENDED

      Explore the surprisingly diverse flavors of Japanese sake.

      Spring is in the air, making it the right time to relax and enjoy Japanese sake. But selecting the right brand of sake can be challenging when there are numerous choices. So be sure to ask the proprietor, waiter or bartender for advice on the brand that best matches your meal or mood. Or better yet, try a sampler set and decide for yourself. At many establishments, they will write down the names of the brands for you so you remember your favorites the next time!

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      Japanese enjoy foods in season.
      Learn about the seasonality of Japanese ingredients.

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