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Hot Japanese Sweet Potato

The greatest hot sweet potatoes in Japan!   Premium Marugo steamed yams!!

Autumn Food: Starchy Sweet Potatoes!   
The most popular Autumn plant yam  in Japan is the sweet potatoe.     Rich in fiber, potassium, including the A and C vitamins, and more!  
The sweet potatoes is regarded as a New World Crop from the 1600s and was first introduced to the Okinawans then later by Tokugawa to the mainland.   Since its introduction to Japan, the sweet potatoes has become a stable of the Japanese diet  next to rice when rice used to be scarce.

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Coffee & Pie

Delicious coffee and pie

Essentials for your stay in Japan

Stuff for your stay in Japan part 1
Smile eye drops packed with 8 active  ingredients to help soothe tired eyes is 665 yen at Welcia.   
Next essential thing is sesame tea for lowering blood pressure!  


Reservation only and you should sit at the counter.   Japanese is required.   One of my favorite sake places,  
Enjoy real local sake in Niigata 

Sea Bream Base Sea Urchin Ramen

For 2500 yen / $ 25 Bucks you can enjoy an amazing bowel of  uni ramen
(╹◡╹)And yes,  the broth goes perfectly with the sea urchin

Ishigaki Islands, the last southern frontier of Japan

The soul of Japan has  evolved into an old blog from  an old fogy man-baby with a young soul.  This blog has evolved…Did I just say that?...   At any rate, I’ve sown seeds folks. No one knows the hand that planted those trees.   I’m an old foggy fogy….man. ( clearing my throat)

In this post: I will cover one  tropical island, some food, and one Japanese sake.  And maybe a little lore. So let's get down to business....

What is sake, again?   => It's called "nihonshu" and it's a drink that has been infused in almost every aspect of Japanese culture and tradition for thousands of years!   The very essence of this drink is considered "divine" here in Japan. It is the balance of water, rice, and koji that gives it its vibe. Then it's bringing these 3 elements together to create the perfect drink.   

The sake I will introduce to you is made by Taikokushuzo, an Okinawa Prefecture brewed sake called "Rei - Mei no Aki Agari" 黎明の秋あがり.  The da…

Feel the Coolness of the Blueness: Japan's vast marine preserves.

Summer is usually at its peak in August in Japan with many Japanese returning home to be with extended family, friends, and relatives.  It's almost impossible to get around by car with traffic and packed trains. Many locals stay within greater Tokyo to enjoy the festivities.  Perhaps the most exciting time to be here is summer because I love the cool of summer water off the coast of anywhere in Japan.  

Just the other day we went over our gear to make sure everything was in good condition.  Fins, snorkels, gloves, and rash guards; Japan is notorious for box jellyfish. We hopped on the express called the Tokaido Line from Tokyo to southern Izu - took 90 minutes to reach our destination.   Taxi ride from the station was 1000 yen / $10.00 USD. We found a nice little dive site and got suited up and in the deep blue we went. Our eyes were blessed beyond our expectations!

The summers are hot, humid, and sultry around the entire island, including Hokkaido, which was once a safe hav…