Nori is often used for Japanese food. For example, it is used for Onigiri, rolled sushi, Gunkanmaki of sushi and so on.  Nori is made by stretching the seaweed into a paper and then drying it.

Nori, 海苔

In addition, many Westerners do not have enzymes that digest seaweed. So they eat it but they are discharged without being digested.


I heard that many foreigners think that Japanese people eat sushi every day. However, many Japanese do not eat sushi frequently. Because it is expensive to eat at sushi restaurant. ut at supermarkets and convenience stores we can buy cooked sushi at reasonable prices.

Sushi, 寿司

By the way, before modern day, sushi was a little kind of ingredients, and it was a fast food to eat on a stall.


In Japan, Gyoza(餃子) are often eaten. It is wrapping minced meat and vegetables with the skin of wheat. Although it was originally Chinese food, but it also penetrated Japan.

In China, boiled gyoza are common, but in Japan the baked gyoza are preferred. It is common to eat with sauce that mixed soy sauce, vinegar and chili Oil.

dumpling, 餃子

Also, I heard that Chinese gyoza do not contain garlic, but in Japan there are many gyoza including garlic.

Friendship where oysters connect

Oysters are eaten all over the world. Even Westerners who do not like raw fish and shellfish, I hear that only oysters are eaten raw.

By the way, around 1970, every oyster was dead in the French farming area. At that time, there is an episode that Japanese farmers in Miyagi Prefecture provided oyster that are resistant to disease, and that French oyster farming has revived. Therefore, the oysters that are currently caught in France are hybrids with species of native origin.

Oyster, 牡蠣

In addition, when the oyster fish farm was destroyed by the eastern Japan great earthquake in 2011, on the contrary, French oyster farmers provided shellfish to help rebuild the industry.


Filipinos  eat oysters (Talaba). I have eaten as much oysters cultivated in Liloan in Cebu. Anyway it’s too cheaper than in Japan. Was it 60 pesos per kg?

Oyster, 牡蠣

Oyster cultivation is thriving in Japan as well. September to April is the season. In Japan, a large oyster is also caught, and one may cost hundreds of yen.

And, Japanese eat oysters raw. However, it is limited to those of waters that are suitable for raw eating by water quality survey.

Oysters caught in other areas are sold for heated cooking.


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