Boxes of curry, a very popular food in Japan.
Two kinds of Pocky: Men's (with dark chocolate) and original.
Different brands of soy-sauce, packaged in plastic bottles.
Soba, noodles made from buckwheat, are served in noodleshops around Japan.
A shelf full of kanji dictionaries in a Tokyo department store.
Nakamura Kantaro, a 20 year old kabuki actor, plays a woman in the play Sannin Kichisa.
Different kinds of tea (ocha) are sealed in airtight bags to preserve freshness.
Various greens in a Japanese market.
A variety of meats.
Although the Japanese don't traditionally like cheeses, more people eat cheese these days. This grocery store has an impressive selection although this is *just* a regular super market.
Ingredients 2 cups prepared sushi rice 3 Tbs. Mirin 3 Tbs. Sugar 4 Tbs. Soy sauce 1-1/4 cup Dashi (fish stock) 1/4 cup Shredded par-boiled carrot Salt 4 Deep-fried tofu cakes (aburage)* or 8 Canned tofu pouches *Aburage can be bought canned or frozen at many Asian food markets. The canned variety are already seasoned and sliced; if using these, plan on three or four pouches per person. Method Bring the prepared sushi rice to room temperature. (If using canned aburage, skip this next step) Pour boiling water over the deep-fried tofu cakes to remove oil. Cool, then slice each tofu cake in half lengthwise to make eight tofu pouches. In a small saucepan, combine the mirin, sugar, soy sauce and dashi together. Simmer over low heat until hot. Drain gourd strips, then add the gourd strips and tofu pouches into the stock. Heat to boil. Cover, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Squeeze the tofu pouches and gourd strips dry. Set aside.
Packages of miso
Dried sea weed (nori) is an essential part of a balanced Japanese diet.
Pocky, a very popular treat all around the world, was created in Japan.
A beautiful black kimono.
Two girls wait to have their makeup applied prior to the Himesama Dohchuu parade. Himesama Dohchuu. April, 1998.
Coffee has been enjoying a boom in popularity in Japan the past few decades.
Peppers, lettuce and tomatoes share shelves.
Boxes of osechi, while beautiful and tasty, are often extremely pricey.
Cartong of milk (gyunu) for sale.
Bread, or pan, comes in many creative flavors.
There are many different kinds of jello (purin) in Japan, from apple to coffee-flavored.
Produce from Japan: apples (ringo) and oranges (mikan)
Mochi, made from pressed rice, is a delicious side dish and dessert.
Image taken at the wedding ceremony of Prince Akihito and Shoda Michiko. The prince deviated from previous tradition in marrying a woman of his own choosing.