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In many ways, Japan is ahead of other developed countries in terms of natural, organic and sustainable foods, but that doesn't mean these things are particularly easy for non-Japanese readers to find and decipher. Below is a list of terms commonly used on the labels of natural food products. Memorize these (or print out the list and take it with you when you go shopping), and you'll open up a whole new world of chemical-free foods.

In many ways, Japan is ahead of other developed countries in terms of natural, organic and sustainable foods, but that doesn't mean these things are particularly easy for non-Japanese readers to find and decipher. Below is a list of terms commonly used on the labels of natural food products. Memorize these (or print out the list and take it with you when you go shopping), and you'll open up a whole new world of chemical-free foods.

Christmas may not be a national holiday in Japan, but the celebration is becoming increasingly popular among Japanese people! Take a look at this San Jose teppan-yaki restaurant infographic to read about other Japanese holidays.

Christmas may not be a national holiday in Japan, but the celebration is becoming increasingly popular among Japanese people! Take a look at this San Jose teppan-yaki restaurant infographic to read about other Japanese holidays.

SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: "The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see a large number of splendid snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. For seven days in February, Sapporo is turned into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow."

SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: "The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see a large number of splendid snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. For seven days in February, Sapporo is turned into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow."

Visit Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley) to find some of the best ramen in Sapporo. It’s a street lined completely with just ramen shops, old and new. It started with 8 shops in 1951 and has now grown to 17 shops, each with their own unique take on this dish that is taking over the world!

Visit Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley) to find some of the best ramen in Sapporo. It’s a street lined completely with just ramen shops, old and new. It started with 8 shops in 1951 and has now grown to 17 shops, each with their own unique take on this dish that is taking over the world!

Chili Crab | 27 Reasons Singapore Is The Most Delicious Place On Earth  WHAT IT IS: A whole crab is cooked in a sweet, spicy, tomato-y sauce, often finished with coddled eggs for added texture. It’s super messy, but any reputable restaurant will bring a bowl of warm water with a lemon slice along with your chili crab, because napkins alone won’t be enough to clean your hands afterward.

27 Reasons Singapore Is The Most Delicious Place On Earth

Chili Crab | 27 Reasons Singapore Is The Most Delicious Place On Earth WHAT IT IS: A whole crab is cooked in a sweet, spicy, tomato-y sauce, often finished with coddled eggs for added texture. It’s super messy, but any reputable restaurant will bring a bowl of warm water with a lemon slice along with your chili crab, because napkins alone won’t be enough to clean your hands afterward.

This ramen museum is one of the strangest museums in the world

This ramen museum is one of the strangest museums in the world

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