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August: The Return of Souls

August is peak summer season in Japan.  We can look forward to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays and festivals in the world, ...


This is a local specialty of Naruko, in Miyagi and a must-eat if you have time, especially over hot tea.  A very authentic local delight.  Dango is a Japanese dessert made from rice flour and baked with shoyu.  Most dango are available year-round, but this one is seasonal.  Autumn would be the best season for rare dango.


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