Turning a crazy cheap country Japanese house into a home — Step 9: Chestnuts【SoraHouse】

Are roadside chestnuts really safe to eat? 

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Starbucks Japan announces first of its 2022 fall menu, designed by Starbucks employees

Get into the spirit of fall right off the bat with these tasty-looking upcoming items from Starbucks.

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Tiny 60-year-old shop in one of the busiest parts of Tokyo has an important lesson to teach us

It’s been right there at the Shibuya Scramble intersection for decades.

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We made Japanese sweet chestnut paste and learned the hard way that it’s a labor of love

Some things are just worth buying instead of making.

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Häagen-Dazs’ new chestnut mochi ice cream is ready to fall into our stomachs this autumn

Ice cream maker rolls out two mochi-enhanced flavors we’re happy to dig into even after the weather gets cooler.

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We try the new Chocolate Marron Frappuccino and Latte from Starbucks Japan 【Taste Test】

Like drinking a Japanese autumn. 

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Starbucks Japan kicks off autumn with tempting chocolate and chestnut flavored drinks

Autumn is around the corner in Japan when chestnut flavored products start making an appearance. 

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Japanese snack maker releases boxes of chestnuts peeled by hot guys

These handsome handlers are here to pop your chestnuts.

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New Japanese-style Häagen-Dazs brings us chestnut and azuki red bean ice cream this fall

Zeitaku is one of those lovely Japanese words that sounds as elegant as its meaning. As the word for luxury, it conjures up images of high-class ryokan accommodations with private outdoor rotenburo baths, multi-course kaiseki meals served by elegant ladies dressed in kimonos and extravagant purchases at department stores on the Ginza shopping strip.

While most of those luxuries are, sadly, out of reach for many of us, there’s one affordable item that comes to mind when Japanese people are looking for a bit of zeitaku when a friend decides to visit or as a treat after a long day. That small symbol of luxury is the rich, creamy ice cream of Häagen-Dazs, and now they’re releasing an amazing new chestnut and azuki red bean Japonais flavour to add a bit of class to the upcoming fall season.

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Japanese gamers’ heads explode as they learn Super Mario’s Goombas are mushrooms, not chestnuts

Japan may love Mario, but they have a couple wrong ideas about the series. For example, did you know that in the Japanese versions of Mario, Goombas are called “kuribo,” which translates to “chestnut guy?” For three decades now, it has been widely believed in Japan that the Goombas are, indeed, chestnuts.

Until now. Thanks to the official Nintendo Line Messenger bot, Japanese netizens have learned the shocking truth about Mario’s oldest enemy: they’re not chestnuts, they’re shiitake mushrooms!

Read on and see for yourself the aftermath that shocked Japanese gamers all over the internet.

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Starbucks Japan rolls out chestnut lattes and frappuccinos to get us in the mood for autumn

Okay, who else is already sick of summer? Bugs, humidity, sweat, and pongy passengers on public transportation. Bring on the autumn, with its fresh, crisp air, cosy and stylish fall fashion, and seasonal flavours like pumpkin, cinnamon, and hot roasted chestnuts!

Luckily, it seems that Starbucks in Japan is feeling us and has decided to give us a treat to really get us in the mood for autumn with their new range of chestnut flavour lattes and frappuccinos which are due to go on sale next month!

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