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What is a Shogun Chef?

From the 12th to the 19th century, Shoguns were the military might of Japan. Though the Japanese emperor held the title of leader, the real power during this time rested on the shoulders of the Shogun. Unlike the emperor, who inherited his title, the…

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The Hype Behind Wagyu Beef

Wagyu is a Japanese term for a type of cattle breed native to the island nation. It refers to all Japanese beef cattle. The “wa” in wagyu means “Japanese,” and the “gyu” means “cow.” The cattle are selected for their physical endurance, with the sele…

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Sushi vs. Sashimi vs. Nigiri

Restaurant menus often offer an overwhelming number of different rolls and foods served in various ways – all made with ingredients that most Americans would be unfamiliar with. But for those unknown terms in the world of Japanese cuisine, we’ve …

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Reasons Why Sushi is Good for You

Sushi may be the perfect healthy dining option. Cut into six or eight pieces, a typical sushi roll is not only delicious, but free of added fat, loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, and packed with protein. Here are a few reasons why sushi i…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sake

In Japan, the word “sake” refers to all alcoholic drinks. However, in the United States sake is predominantly known as a Japanese fermented rice beverage that can be served hot or cold. If you’re looking to expand your horizons (and palate) to…

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Shrimp, Scallops, or Both?

If you’re a seafood lover, you may enjoy eating both shrimp and scallops. But for some, one is a favorite over the other, especially since the tastes and textures of each are different. Much of the taste difference is due to the fish’s diet and t…

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The Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is not only delicious, but it’s also one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Wild-caught salmon is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals and contains an exceptionally high omega-3 content.

Here are a few ways eating salmon ben…

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The Meaning of Sakura


The national flower of Japan, the cherry blossom – or Sakura, represents a time of renewal and optimism. The pops of pink mark the ending of winter and signify the beginning of spring. Due to their quick blooming season, cherry blosso…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Seaweed

For thousands of years, individuals in Asian cultures have been eating seaweed, and with good reason. Seaweed contains antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, and minerals, many of which are not found in land-grown vegetables. However, one of the best-known…

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Filet Mignon vs. New York Strip

When it comes to steaks, the best cuts you can get come from the Longissimus dorsi and the Psoas major. Commonly referred to as filet mignon or tenderloin, the Psoas major is a pair of shorter muscles that run below the steer’s spine and are the mo…

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