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Guide to Japanese Appetizers

Guide to Japanese Appetizers

August 28, 2020

Love the snacks you encounter at Japanese restaurants, izakayas, or before sushi?  So do we. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a night out (Remember how before COVID you could just… go to an enclosed establishment and eat in the proximity of others? Wild.), nor...

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Introduction to Shōchū (焼酎)

Introduction to Shōchū (焼酎)

August 25, 2020

Shōchū is a Japanese distilled spirit that has been gaining popularity in Japan and abroad. Shōchū drinks and cocktails are now a familiar item at many restaurants and bars; the shōchū chuhai perhaps the most well-known. Unlike vodka which uses malted grains to break down starches, shō...

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We’re Remodeling our Seattle Store

We’re Remodeling our Seattle Store

August 13, 2020

COMING 2020 Exciting changes are coming to Uwajimaya! Starting this fall we will be updating our Seattle store to improve your shopping experience, so things will look a little different around here for a while.  We are committed to providing the same level of service you have come to expect...

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5 Ways To Use Matcha

5 Ways To Use Matcha

August 11, 2020

While matcha has become especially popular in the West since the turn of the century, it’s been beloved in Japan for centuries. If you’re unfamiliar, matcha is made from green tea leaves that are specially processed and then ground into a powder. Unlike normal tea that...

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Saké, Part 1: Introduction to Saké

Saké, Part 1: Introduction to Saké

July 21, 2020

Perhaps more than any other country, rice is at the heart of Japanese cuisine; think sushi, musubi rice balls, bento boxes, mochi, donburi rice bowls and curry rice. While it plays a central part in many foods, rice is also at the heart of one of the most well-known beverages...

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Beat the Heat with these Japanese Summertime Foods

Beat the Heat with these Japanese Summertime Foods

July 7, 2020

Summer in Japan can be hot, with temperatures in July and August often reaching above 90 degrees with lots of humidity. On sweltering days like these, here are 4 things to enjoy to beat the heat. Somen (そうめん): Somen are long, thin wheat noodles often served chilled. The noodles are typically enjoyed with...

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