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5 Tips on Finding the Perfect Omiyage for Your Japanese Host Family

A brown present with a red bow

Finally! You’re going to study abroad in Japan, the land of cat cafes, Studio Ghibli, and sumptuous cuisine. If you’re like most students, you’ll be staying with a host family to experience daily life in a Japanese home. You want to make a memorable first impression when meeting your host family — a good memorable first impression, not a bad one, like taking your shoes off and stepping on the floor of the genkan in your sweaty socks, much to the chagrin of your host parents (I speak from experience here). No one wants to have only horror stories to tell friends and family. This is where omiyage comes into play.

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I Tried Kyushu Instant Tonkotsu Ramen for the First Time

There’s a first time for everybody, and for me, it’s writing a cooking post. I’m usually too involved in the consumption of food to bother writing anything remotely like a post of said food. Now, however, I couldn’t resist.

My partner’s mother is Japanese, born and raised in Sasebo, Nagasaki. She recently returned from Japan with a bunch of edible goodies for us, including instant tonkotsu ramen.

Wait, instant tonkotsu ramen?!? (You’ll read why I was excited in a minute).

Meet Umaka-chan.

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