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Shinmai (New Harvest) Rice: Why You Need to Try It

There's a new Japanese rice in town, and it's called Shinmai, or New Harvest, Rice. This premium rice has been gaining popularity among Japanese food lovers in the United States, and for a good reason. Shinmai is one of the most prized rice products, offering some of the most notable characteristics of this abundant grain through its freshness. Today, the rice experts at the rice factory NEW YORK are here to tell you all about “shinmai” and why you need to add it to your rice-tasting list.
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Seasonal Japanese Celebrations and Their Dishes

Japanese culture has a vibrant history, with many different customs and traditions celebrated throughout the year. Each season brings special events, dishes, and ingredients only available during a particular season. From spring cherry blossom festivals to winter hot pot dinners, there's something for everyone in Japan throughout all four seasons!
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Introducing Zakkokumai: A Nutritious and Delicious Alternative to White Rice

If you're looking for a nutritious and delicious alternative to white rice, Zakkokumai or Japanese multigrain (millet) rice is a perfect choice! Japanese multigrain rice is made with a blend of nutrient-rich grains, including brown rice, red rice, black barley, and Job's tears, among others. This unique combination of grains makes this blend a healthy and satisfying meal option. Let's look at what makes zakkokumai so tasty and good for your health!
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6 Delicious Japanese Rice Dishes You'll Love

If you're looking for something new to try in the world of Japanese cuisine, try experimenting with a Japanese rice recipe! Rice bowls (donburi), and mixed rice dishes are some of the most popular ways to enjoy this versatile grain, and there are endless variations. This blog post will introduce you to some of our favorite Japanese rice dishes. Keep reading to learn some new at-home staples!

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The Right Way to Store Your Rice: Tips from a Japanese Rice Company

If you're like most people, you probably store your rice in the pantry. But did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to store rice? Japanese rice companies have been storing rice for centuries, and they have learned a few tricks along the way. In this blog post, we will discuss the proper way to store rice so that it remains fresh and delicious!
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The Best Side Dishes to Serve with Japanese Rice

Do you love Japanese rice? If so, you probably know it’s delicious enough to be eaten on its own, but have you tried it with traditional Japanese side dishes? This blog post will explore some of the best sides to serve with your favorite rice. From traditional dishes like marinated fish and tai meshi to modern favorites like aged soy sauce, there is something for everyone! So get ready to enjoy some of Japan's best flavors! 
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8 Traditional Japanese Dishes to Bring to Your Next Potluck

If you're looking for something different to bring to your next potluck, why not try some traditional Japanese dishes? Onigiri rice balls, Japanese potato salad, and karaage are all popular homemade dishes that will be a hit with your friends and family. In this blog post, we'll give you recipes for these dishes so you can impress your guests with your culinary skills! 

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Rice Sommelier's Choice: How to choose the proper Japanese rice for your taste

White rice, brown rice, Kohishikari—there are many Japanese rice options on the market today. How do you know which one to choose? This guide will help you find the perfect variety for your palate. We will discuss the different types of Japanese rice available and how to select the right one for any dish. We'll also provide tips on preparing and cooking Japanese-style rice so that you can enjoy its delicious flavor at home!
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Traditional Japanese Lunches at Aozora Preschool

One of the most wonderful parts of living in New York is that you can find a home for yourself, no matter what culture you’re from. For Japanese families with toddlers, Aozora Preschool is the perfect place to build your child’s English skills while keeping them connected to their Japanese culture—especially through food! 
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Restaurant Feature: Icca

With its name inspired by the plum flower from the Zen proverb “One flower opens the sky in spring”, Icca dedicates itself to providing guests with a dining experience that is akin to experiencing a spring flower blossoming. Their Japanese menu focuses on one particular style of sushi—edomae. Born in Ryogoku, Tokyo, edomae sushi is in fact the predecessor of what we know today as nigiri sushi, otherwise known as a thin slice of raw fish delicately laid atop a piece of rice.
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Tips to Maximize the Taste of Japanese Rice

From milling style and storage techniques to cooking methods and equipment, there are many factors that can drastically affect the quality of your rice. Within the world of Japanese rice, there are several subtleties that can take a basic rice experience to a 5-star culinary adventure.
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Restaurant Feature: Ootoya

When most people think of Japanese food, they think of sushi, sashimi, and donburi. Interestingly enough, this is not the most common type of food that you would find in the average Japanese household. Ootoya is one of the few Japanese restaurants showcasing ichiju-sansai, also known as Japanese homestyle cooking.
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