Fallen cherry blossoms and greening mountains may be telltale signs that summer is nigh for most. For many in Japan, however, the real harbinger of summertime is the sight of the first freshly caught...
If you live on Okinawa, you might have heard about Goya, a local cucumber-like vegetable also known as bitter melon. As the name suggests, this green, bumpy veggie has a bitter taste but is a favorite in the summer season.
Eisai, a famous Buddhist monk who was a driving force to introducing tea from China to Japan in the late 12th century, said “Tea is a magic bullet.”
About 800 hundred years later, his words have been proven right by science.