Delicious Takoyaki – Japan’s Octopus Ball Snack That’s Too Good To Resist

One of Japan’s most delicious market foods are takoyaki, fried balls of batter with octopus bits inside; all covered by a sweet sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes. They’re cooked on a special pan with hundreds of round, scalloped holes. Served in platters of a dozen or so, and with a toothpick or skewer to eat … More Delicious Takoyaki – Japan’s Octopus Ball Snack That’s Too Good To Resist

See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

It’s the very picture of serenity – Japanese snow monkeys soaking in a hot spring, eyes closed, groomed by their family members, steam rising, safe from snow drifting softly through the sky. It’s one of the most iconic images of winter in Japan, and one of the most fascinating and endearing (not to mention, adorable!) … More See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Yamaguchi Steam Train – Riding Japan’s Historic Locomotive

The SL Yamaguchi Steam Train, billowing almighty plumes of dense, oily smoke, is Japan’s most endearing historic train. Nicknamed The Lady, it’s a black iron locomotive built in 1937 that travels between Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano in Yamaguchi prefecture. While Japan’s high speed train lines have pushed the limits of rail technology, the Yamaguchi steam train … More The Yamaguchi Steam Train – Riding Japan’s Historic Locomotive

$11,000 for Grapes!? Japan’s Exclusive Ruby Roman Grapes

The most expensive table grapes in the world are Japan’s Ruby Roman Grapes. Wrapped and packaged in a display box, these grapes are each about the size of a ping pong ball, and are cultivated for their sweetness, size and perfect form. The grapes have been known to fetch exorbitant prices, sometimes costing thousands of … More $11,000 for Grapes!? Japan’s Exclusive Ruby Roman Grapes

Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

Nikkō is one of Japan’s most beautiful towns to visit and explore. Visitors will probably notice a food called ‘Yuba’ on the menu everywhere they go. Indeed, this is one of Nikkō’s specialty foods. But what exactly is Yuba, and why is it so popular in Nikkō? Yuba is essentially tofu skin, the protein and … More Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

The World’s Most Expensive Fruit – Meet Japan’s $45,000 Yūbari King Melon

When it comes to expensive and exclusive Japanese fruit, the Yūbari melon is the king. Grown in the small city of Yūbari in Hokkaidō, these extraordinary fruits have sold for as much as ¥5 million ($46,000USD) for a pair. But why exactly are these melons so special? How are Yubari King Melons grown? The Yūbari … More The World’s Most Expensive Fruit – Meet Japan’s $45,000 Yūbari King Melon

Dekopon, The Sumo Citrus Taking Instagram By Storm

One of Japan’s most curious fruits is the dekopon, a hybrid cross between the citrus fruits kiyomi and ponkan. Dekopon are sought after for their sweet flavour, large size, and characteristic bump on the top of the fruit, giving them a ‘sumo’ shape. Dekopons, known in American markets as Sumo Citrus, have become increasingly popular … More Dekopon, The Sumo Citrus Taking Instagram By Storm

Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?

Japan is known for producing some interesting and expensive fruit. But none is as iconic as the square watermelon, a simple yet beautiful specially grown fruit. Perfect for decorating and gift-giving, the square watermelon is prized as a status symbol (though its taste is not so great). How are Square Watermelons Produced? Square watermelons come … More Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?