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Generally, shaved ice used to be more like crunchy and rough granular. However, the latest ones are fluffier and finely granular like “iced mango” in Taiwan. We would like to show you an ice shaving machine named “Black Swan” manufactured by Ikenaga Iron Works Co., Ltd, which can make fluffy shaved ice at home. In summer, ice shaving machines must be very helpful especially for those who live in areas with high temperatures!

Iron rusts relatively easily compared to other metals, but on the other hand, it is strong and durable, and has the great advantage of almost a lifetime of use when properly cared for. Also, takoyaki cooked on a steel takoyaki cooker has a savory flavor not found in takoyaki cooked on a Teflon takoyaki cooker.
Generally speaking, the smaller the amount of flour used to make takoyaki dough, the fluffier and tastier it becomes. However, the smaller the amount of dough, the more difficult it is to bake nicely. Therefore, making delicious takoyaki needs a good skill.
Having colorful flowers by your side makes you feel fine, right? A gorgeous flower bouquet looks good, but a single-flower vase that gently accompanies your daily life is easily incorporated into the various scenes of your daily life. We introduce the charm of the single-flower vase here.
As awareness of environmental issues grows worldwide these days, issues such as garbage and food loss are increasingly being addressed also in the world of cooking. In honor of the "Day of Zero Garbage" on May 10, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of disposable and eco-friendly chopsticks under the theme of “chopsticks”.
In Japan, there is a long series of holidays including national holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May every year. It is called “Golden Week” as a popular nickname in Japan, as it is a long series of holidays of more than a week.
Saitama Prefecture is one of the most famous tea growing areas in the Kanto region. The picking of new tea leaves begins in late April, and the famous product "SayamaTea" begins to be distributed in May. Here, we will introduce Sayama Tea, one of the three major teas representing Japan.
You might have found the newly purchased knives were not sharp enough and have been worried that you had purchased the defective ones. Here, we will explain why they are not sharp enough and how you can deal with them.
There is a traditional culture called “Hanami” in Japan. When cherry blossoms start blooming every spring, people are delighted with the arrival of spring, and at large parks and special venues for cherry blossom viewing, they enjoy eating delicious lunch boxes and drinking alcohol while watching the cherry blossoms.
There are many types of metal such as steel, copper, aluminum, etc. Do you know there are various types of stainless although it is considered to be a single metal? Here, we will explain the features of stainless in details.
There is a custom in Japan to eat “Ohagi” on the equinoctial week in spring. “Ohagi” is made by wrapping cooked glutinous rice with red bean paste. We are explaining to you how to make red bean paste and “Ohagi” step by step.
There is a special event called “White Day” on every March 14 in Japan. I introduce “White Day”, which is an event they give back the gifts to those who gave you gifts on “Valentine’s Day”.
Appropriate handling and maintenance are required for wooden products such as Handai and Ohitsu (rice container). Here are the tips for handling before and after use, removal of stain, and prevention of mold.
Iron woks need proper care before and after use. Today we will explain how to season a wok and daily care. Woks are coated with varnish on delivery, which needs removing by empty burning before first use. Then "oil coating" follows. With proper care, woks can be used for a long time.
In Japan, each season is associated with seasonal events, goods, etc., which you can find in daily life. In particular, “spring” has a positive meaning such as “new encounters or starts”, “hopes” and “expectations”. Today we are going to introduce ADERIA Sakura Tableware, which makes you feel the arrival of spring.
Japan has a custom of eating pressed sushi for celebrations such as girls’ festival. Today we are going to tell you about how to make “pressed sushi” and how to add your own tastes. Making pressed sushi is not as difficult as expected. By using a mold, anybody can do it. Would you like to enjoy it with your family?
Mirror finishing of knives have various advantages such as increased sharpness and resistance to corrosion. Today we are going to tell you how to perform mirror finishing on knives. Today we are going to show you how to perform mirror finishing of knives.
For knives, mirror finishing not only can enhance appearance but also can increase sharpness and durability. Mirror finishing is to polish the surface until it shines and gets reflection like a mirror. Such maintenance of knives is the base of Japanese cuisine. Today we are going to tell you about the advantages of mirror finishing and the features of mirror-finished knives.
Professional chefs are particular about sharpness of their kitchen knives. Those often choose steel knives for easy maintenance. When you start using steel knives, it is important which whetstone you choose. Today we are going to tell you about “how to choose a whetstone”.
Valentine's Day is a day when people send gifts and their gratitude to their beloved ones. This custom originated from the religion of Christianity. However, Japan has its own custom for Valentine's Day. Today we are going to tell you about “Japanese style Valentine's Day”.
Japan has a custom of bean throwing on Setsubun Day (the day before the calendrical beginning of spring) to drive out evil spirits. Today we are going to tell you about Setsubun in Japan. This traditional Japanese event is very exciting and fun. Let’s give it a try to experience a Japanese culture.
In Japan, sea breams are associated with good luck and often used for special meals on celebrations for some phonetic reason. In particular, salt-crusted sea bream looks gorgeous and tastes delicious. Today we are going to tell you about its history and recipe. Let’s try cooking the special dish for the New Year!
In Japan, people eat various kinds of traditional New Year-related cuisine including Osechi and sea bream dishes, etc.Ozoni is one of Japanese traditional dishes for New Year’s. Today we are going to tell you about history of Ozoni and how to cook it. There are different styles depending on locales. Let’s experience Japanese culture for the start of New Year 2022!
Japan has a custom of eating Toshikoshi Soba (year-crossing noodles) on New Year’s Eve (“Omisoka” in Japanese). Today we are going to tell you about the reason and origin why we eat Soba at a crossover of years as well as how to make Toshikoshi Soba. Soba has unique flavor, and it is an essential food for Japanese people. Would you like to eat Toshikoshi Soba and enjoy the Japanese tradition to have a great New Year start?
Royal icing cookies are bright and colorful. They are something exciting to see. By using pancake mix, anyone can make cookies easily. Today we are going to show you a recipe of royal icing cookies for Christmas. Making royal icing cookies is an exciting event that you can enjoy with your beloved people. Let’s enjoy your Christmas more with unique homemade cookies!
A Christmas night you spend with beloved one or favorite people would be special for anybody. Christmas cake is something that both adults and children look forward to. Today we are going to tell you a basic recipe for Christmas cake with strawberries, which would be helpful for you to make your original cake. Let’s have an unforgettable Christmas with a homemade your original cake!
Apple pies are loved by all ages. The attraction of apple pies is a harmony of crispy pie and smooth sweet apple filling. Today we are going to tell you a recipe to make an apple pie with a small iron pan. Cooking apple pies with a pan is not as difficult as expected. You can even adjust the recipe as you like.
Yamada Kogyosho is the only manufacturer of iron pans applying the hammering method in Japan. The most distinctive feature of Yamada woks is that the thickness of iron varies depending on the part.  This leads to efficient heat conductivity and makes excessive water evaporate so that the flavor is more condensed. This mechanism to ensure good outcomes is the reason why Yamada woks are highly evaluated by professional chefs.
Many people would feel like eating Japanese Nabe (Hot Pot) in winter. Donabe casseroles are commonly used to cook Nabe as it can bring out more flavor of the ingredients to enrich the taste than metal pots. Today we are going to tell you about the preparation before first use (called Medome) and method of storage.
For Handai or Ohitsu wooden rice containers, some have a copper ornament hoop (called “Taga”), which is a metal component attached around the body. Taga is to prevent expansion of the wood and likely to come loose when you use the container for a long term. Today we are going to explain how to deal with it.
In Japan, where we have 4 seasons, people tend to value the custom to use seasonal ingredients or add some seasonal taste to their cooking. Today we focus on the sense of “smell”, featuring especially “sesame”, whose season is September to October, and tell you how to grind sesame and extract its rich smell.
Candied sweet potatoes (called “Daigaku Imo”) are popular food in Japan. “Daigaku” means University and its name originated from the fact that it was popularly eaten among university students in late 1800s to early 1900s. Today we are gong to tell you a recipe of Daigaku Imo.
Takoyaki is a representative food in Kansai Region (western pert) of Japan, and Takoyaki pan is a common tool for cooking Takoyaki, but in fact it can be used for other dishes. Today we are going to show you how to cook ajillo with a Takoyaki pan. It is an exciting menu that is good either for party or simple dinner.
Tamagoyaki is a familiar food in Japan for breakfast, lunch box, snacks, etc. To make beautiful Tamagoyaki, Tamagoyaki pan is a must. In fact, it can be used for other dishes, too. Today we are going to show you convenient use of Tamagoyaki pan. Tamagoyaki pans can be versatile depending on your idea, and you can find one that matches with your cooking style or preference.
Rich aroma of fresh coffee fascinates people worldwide. The world of coffee is profound once you are particular about how to brew it. Today we are going to introduce a simple way to brew authentic coffee. Would you like to have a wonderful morning with hand-dripped coffee?
Today we are going to tell you how to make overnight dried fish, which has been familiar to Japanese people. Making of dried fish is more profound than expected as we need to take account into kinds of fish, concentration of salt, time for drying, etc. Let’s find your own recipe!
Tempura is a representative Japanese food. It is as renowned worldwide as other Japanese foods. However, cooking Tempura is difficult, requiring high skills. Today we are going to tell you the basics and tips for how to cook delicious Tempura. It would be wonderful if you can eat Tempura at home anytime in your life!
For Japanese people, delicious rice is a minimum requirement for satisfactory meals. However, cooking delicious rice is not that simple. Today we are going to introduce “Hario Induction Rice Cooker Casserol”, with which everyone can cook delicious rice. Would you like to enjoy fluffy and freshly cooked rice?
In Japan, bamboo serving plates (“Bonzaru” in Japanese) have been used since ancient times for draining or drying food materials, serving food, etc. They are a very convenient tool that can be used for multiple purposes. Today we are going to show you how to select and use Bonzaru. Would you like to get a natural bamboo Bonzaru made in Sado as your new cooking partner?
“Ammitsu”, is one of representative Japanese confections and mostly served at shops. Ammitsu is actually easy to make at home. Today we are going to show you how to make Shiratama Ammitsu (Ammitsu with rice flour dumplings). Let's enjoy this summer with homemade Ammitsu!
In hot summer, you would want to stay cool with cold food. Tokoroten, a representative Japanese summer food,  is shredded gelidium jelly. Today we are going to tell how to make authentic Tokoroten with Tentsuki (Tokoroten cutter). Let's enjoy summer in Japanese style with Tokoroten and Tentsuki!
Do you like Soba noodles? Soba is one of the most popular Japanese food and getting even more and more popularity abroad in recent years.  Today we are going to introduce how to have “Sobayu”,  the hot water in which Soba noodles have been boiled and which contains lots of nutrition. Let’s fully enjoy the attraction of Soba by having Sobayu!
There are various kinds of liquor including brewed liquor, distilled liquor and mixed liquor. Liquor is an important culture reflecting local customs and history. Today we are going to introduce Nihonshu, a traditional Japanese liquor and show its profound world. Why don’t you step in there to experience authentic Nihonshu firsthand and trace the history and tradition of Nihonshu?
In Japan, there is a custom of eating eels on a day of the ox (called “Ushinohi”). This custom dates back to the Edo Period and it is actually effective to prevent summer heat. Let’s spend the midsummer day of ox with authentic Japanese style!
Shaved ice is a typical sweet that is often served at food stands of summer festivals or souvenir shops at tourist spots. However, it is also made at home. Today we are going to show you how to use a shaved ice machine, “Ikenaga Black Swan Shaved Ice Machine”.  Let’s enjoy this summer in Japanese style!
In Japan, Ume (Japanese plums) hit store shelves between May and July. Not a few people are waiting for the Ume season to make Umeshu (plum liquor). Based on how to make Umeshu, today we are going to introduce a recipes of fruit liquor and Ume syrup.
Dashi (soup broth) is an important element in Japanese cuisine, and learning how to make dashi is the first step for Japanese chefs. Today we are going to show you how to make dashi, which can be the core of Japanese cuisine. Why don’t you learn the basics of Japanese dashi and find your best one?
TSUKI and YUKI are tableware originated from Japanese traditional culture and made of roof tiles (Kawara in Japanese).  They feature unique color, stylish design and even good functionality. They have earned high reputation worldwide and received various awards. Would you like to get the sophisticated tableware originated from Japanese traditional culture and techniques?

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