strawberries

Strawberries that aren’t red, plus other amazing optical illusions from Japan’s Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The Kyoto psychology professor is making people all over the world doubt their eyes.

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Strawberry shortcake instant yakisoba noodles are set to cause a stir this Christmas

Dessert noodles return to Japan with a brand-new experimental flavor.

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Mouth-watering green tea-covered strawberries about to go on sale at Japan’s Mujirushi Ryohin

Things to pick up at Japan’s most popular discount interior shop: curtains, bedsheets, matcha strawberries.

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Japanese bakery’s giant strawberry cake looks the part, but does it taste it? 【Taste test】

We taste test the latest offering from Ibaraki Prefecture’s Farmkuchen Fukasaku.

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Ramen with strawberry sauce and white chocolate in Tokyo? Oh, yes, please! 【Taste test】

We try Tokyo ramen chain Menya Mushashi’s latest mix of ramen and dessert.

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Matcha green tea meets strawberries in Japan-exclusive drinks from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Can’t let the sakura have all the springtime fun, right?

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These beautiful cakes not only taste like strawberries, they look like strawberries too!

These cakes made with puréed strawberries don’t just bring you the sweet taste of the red fruit, they look like the berry too!

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Matcha chocolate-covered strawberries: The newest green tea treat from Kyoto

A cup of tea, a piece of fruit, or a bit of chocolate can all make for a delicious and relaxing moment, and this new Kyoto confectionary lets you enjoy all three in a single bite.

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Four ways to enjoy delicious strawberry Calpis (other than giggling at its name)

With its startling name, it’s taking time for the yogurt-like beverage Calpis to catch on with non-Japanese consumers, who sometimes know it better by its alternate name, Calpico. For people in Japan, though, Calpis is old hat, so much so that its makers occasionally feel the need to mix up the product line with new versions and special flavors.

This year, that means strawberry Calpis. We just got our hands on a bottle, and if you can get past any hang-ups about the name, here are four ways to enjoy this delicious limited time treat.

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Crazy towering parfaits of cafe Strawberry live up to the restaurant’s name

With relatively little farmable land, fruit is on the pricey side in Japan. In keeping with its status as a special treat, it shows up pretty often as a desert topping, but again, prices being what they are, usually not in such large quantities.

Shortcake lovers, for example, have been known to get excited about the one day a month convenience store chain Lawson adds a single slice of strawberry to its cakes. And while we suppose that’s better than nothing, it still can’t hold a candle to one Japanese cafe that tops its parfaits with what looks like an entire strawberry patch.

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