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Hoshigaki is made not only in Japan but also in China, Korea and Taiwan.  This is eaten as a preserved dessert in winter in Japan. On the other hand, the people in the other three countries make it mainly for a medicine or tea. This sweet is widely produced throughout Japan, especially in Gifu and Yamanashi Prefecture.  Many hoshigaki dangling from the eaves of farmhouses are familiar rural scenery early in winter, as shown in the...

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  Shunpan-ro stands on a high point, commanding “Dan-no-ura” strait, the final naval battle site between the two biggest “samurai” families in the 12th century.   This historic restaurant is the first “fugu ryoutei” blowfish restaurant that was authorized in 1888 thanks to then prime minister “Ito Hirofumi”.  Fugu blowfish dishes had long been prohibited to be served at any restaurant...

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