From ancient times, Japanese have imported foreign cultures and customs and have modified it. Valentine’s Day is also so.

In Japan it was established as “A day that women to give chocolate to men and tell her love”. And the custom of “Giri-Choco(義理チョコ)” is also common. It is a social expression that gives chocolate to a man the woman often meet.

Chocolate, チョコレート

Also, women give it to friend women, or sometimes women give it to themselves. Well, that origin is no longer relevant.

Valentine’s day

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is “A day that woman hands a chocolate to a man and tells love”. It is said that this was due to campaign by chocolate maker company was success and became standard in decades ago.

In those days there were many women with discreet nature. Therefore, they accepted the concepts “You can be bold this day” actively as an excuse to do that.

Woman with heart, ハートを持つ女性



“Naganegi(長ネギ)” is one of the representative vegetables in Japan. In English it is called “Welsh Onion” or “Japanese leek”.


Occasionally it is confused with Onion leaf, but Welsh Onion and Onion leaf are another plant.

The season of Naganegi is winter. Raw it have strong stimurate taste. But if we heat it it gets sweet. It is useful as ingredients such as Nabe-ryori.

Also, Naganegi has a preventive effect against cold. In one zoo the chimpanzees do not catch cold at all since zoo keeper gave them Naganegi.

By the way this Pokemon always has it.

Farfetch'd, カモネギ

Fried shrimp and Tempura of shrimp

One of my favorite foods is shrimp. In Japan, We eat raw fresh shrimp. In addition we cook “Ebi fly(海老フライ)” and “Ebi-no-tempura(海老の天ぷら)” . Both are fried shrimp with oil.

Fried shrimp, エビフライ
Ebi fly
Tempra shrimp, 海老の天ぷら

There is a difference between them. For Ebi fly, We use flour, eggs, bread crumbs as a coating before frying. But for Ebi-no-tempra, We don’t use bread crumbs. Then, Fried shrimp is more crispy than tempura.


If you can eat “natto(納豆)”, you may as well be a resident in Japan. Natto is a fermented soybean. It smells like a sulfur, but it is so delicious food.

Katto, 納豆Usually, we stir it for several dozen times with chopsticks and thoroughly stickiness, then eat it with favorite seasoning. For example with yellow mustard. Also, it is extraordinary to eat it with rice.

It smells tasty, not everyone likes it. That is the same as Dorian. Actually, many Japanese people do not eat natto in the Kansai area.

In addition, since you tend to have a bad breath after eating natto you might as well watch out for the timing to eat it.


Soybeans are one of the most important crops for Japanese people alongside rice. Soybeans will be the seasonings and raw materials of food as follows.

  • Soy sauce
  • miso (Fermented soybean paste)
  • tofu
  • Aburaage (fried slice tofu)
  • Natto (Fermented soybeans)
  • Edamame
  • Kinako(sweet soybean powder)
  • Soymilk
  • Protein (supplement)

Soy been, 大豆


One of the delicious foods from autumn to winter is “oden(おでん)”. It is also sold at convenience stores.

Oden, おでん

Oden is a kind of hot pot dish. In the shop it is boiled in a large square pot separated by ingredients. Customers order their favorite ingredients and buy it.

General ingredients are as follows.

The ingredients are different depending on the region. You can buy a pack with them set in the supermarket.

By the way, this manga character named “Civita” has skewered Oden in his hand.

Chibita-no-oden, ちび太のおでん


The soybean harvested before maturity is Edamame. On the other hand, the one that harvested the soybean sprout is called “Moyashi”.

Moyashi, もやし

Moyashi is cheaper than other foods. It is used for various dishes. They are suitable for greasy dishes. Therefore Moyashi is standard as a ingredients of stir-fryed meat and vegetable and toppings of ramen.