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Mentions of tea and Japan may evoke images of kimono-clad women performing intricate, meditative ceremonies that center on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha, the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Beyond the traditional tea ceremony, countless varieties of green tea accompany meals and are integral to Japanese culture. Matcha itself is used not only as a beverage but to flavor foods, such as cake — all the teas are valued for their restorative properties, as well as their aroma and flavor.

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“Teas are so important to the Japanese culture, and I’m sure the Ureshino
green tea
will instantly become our clients’ #1 favorite tea—hot or chilled.”
– KEVIN G., EXECUTIVE CHEF
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These ingredients are flavorful on their own but you can also use them to enhance the taste of food – elevate the dish and your palette. From virgin sesame oils to noodles, nori, and great gift sets let you—or a lucky recipient—sample a variety of options resulting in a new favorites. Truly unique gift ideas for the foodies on your list!

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Combining tradition with modern technology creates authentic noodles that can be produced in quantity without losing taste and texture making them a great addition to so many dishes.

“The soy sauce and miso factory was a wonderland. Assisting fermentation is hard work, but the results enhance all kinds of dishes. In fact, Kevin’s new favorite go-to flavor enhancer is the Yamakawa Truffle Soy Sauce. He says a dash of
that puts smiles on people’s faces. It’s special!”

–HAYLEY L., BUYER

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Japanese rice is short grained and a bit stickier than rice you might be used to (which makes it ideal for eating with chopsticks and forming sushi rolls). It is a staple in Japanese households, but that doesn’t mean it’s taken lightly or considered ordinary. Competition among rice growers is fierce, and opinions about the best brand are equally fierce. When it comes to cooking it, use a rice cooker for the most consistent results, but be sure to allow time for water absorption and “resting.”

Nori is dried edible seaweed. It’s often used to wrap sushi rolls and has a distinctive flavor of its own.

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In addition to its own distinctive taste, nori is available in a variety of flavors, each designed to enhance the dishes it’s part of. From the harvesting port to the tasting room, every step in the process plays a role in creating unforgettable, flavorful results.

“Traveling to Japan and tasting all the teas, grains, and seasonings was a huge inspiration. I came home and immediately started experimenting with recipes. I can’t wait to share what we’ve come up with.”

–KEVIN G., EXECUTIVE CHEF

–KEVIN G., EXECUTIVE CHEF

–KEVIN G., EXECUTIVE CHEF

Known for its layered flavors and sheer fun, Japanese candy is a treat for the eyes as well as your tastebuds. Neiman Marcus has opted for more sophisticated choices, including jellies that look like jewels and pretty packages of sugar drops. The just-right sweetness and fruity flavors make them all irresistible, whether they’re a refreshing end to a meal or a sweet treat anytime.

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Perfect as stocking stuffers or after-dinner treats, these star-shaped sugar drops feature the flavor of lychee. This tropical fruit is sweet but is just slightly acidic making it delightfully unexpected!

We often hear about East meeting West, and in the case of Yoku Moku, it really did. Chocolatier Noriichi Fujinawa named his company “Yoku Moku” after Jokkmokk, a village in northern Sweden where he first tasted and fell in love with European-style butter cookies more than 30 years ago. He went home to Tokyo and put his own spin on them (literally), introducing the company’s signature Cigares and other delights.

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