Sumo

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Two men enter the 5-foot round platform and face the crowded arena. They clap their hands and then stomp their legs, driving evil spirits from…

Japanese Theater

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Long before the Internet, television, and cinema, people had to go to the theater to see fantastic stories brought to life. The theater has been…

Japanese Food

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The staple of a Japanese meal is rice, the most important domestic crop. While the Westerner might have bread, rice is served with nearly every…

Sushi

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You and a row of people sit facing a winding conveyer belt, chopsticks in hand. A flap opens from the kitchen and you can see…

Gyoza

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First you fry your dumpling on a frying pan until it’s crispy and brown on one side. Then you fill the pot with water and…

Sake

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Instead of holding onto the handle of a tall cold, glass mug, you take a sip of the nation’s favorite pastime alcoholic beverage from a…

Miso

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What if each morning instead of that bowl of cereal or that plate of bacon, toast, and eggs, you started your day off with a…

Sukiyaki

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Sitting on the floor and gathered around a low-to-ground table, you and a group of friends hold your chopsticks anxiously above a pot positioned directly…

Tempura

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Fried chicken is a fast food staple in the US, but fried seafood and vegetables are far more popular in Japan. Covered in a seasoned…