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Oishya Home is rebranding as Oishya

You may remember us under different name “Oishya” or “Oishya Home”, and you may be wondering why, after 5 years of trading we’ve decided to change our name to Oishya. You may also be wondering what does it mean.It wasn’t an easy decision but we felt that name Oishya no longer represents our mission and […]

japana home oishya becoming

Oishya Home is rebranding as Oishya

You may remember us under different name “Oishya” or “Oishya Home”, and you may be wondering why, after 5 years of trading we’ve decided to change our name to Oishya. You may also be wondering what does it mean.It wasn’t an easy decision but we felt that name Oishya no longer represents our mission and […]

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Best Father’s Day gifts for the dad who loves cooking

With Father’s Day approaching we came up with a list of the 10 best gifts for the dad who loves cooking. Finding the perfect gift can be a bit tricky, after all you want to get him something he will like, will find useful but doesn’t already have. 1. Knife Set A good quality and […]

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Is Fine Bone China cruelty-free?

What is Fine Bone China? Fine Bone China (FBC) is a type of chinaware. Please note that chinaware did not originate in China, it’s merely the name given to fine and ornamental ceramic tableware. Like its name suggests, traditional Fine Bone China has bone components. To be more specific, it is a type of porcelain […]

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Guide to buying your first Japanese Knife

Looking to buy a Japanese knife? Confused by the choices? Not sure where to start? Well, look no further, this guide will help you identify which Japanese knife is most suitable for your needs. A knife is the most important tool in the kitchen and Japanese kitchen knives are among the finest knives you can purchase. […]

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Wooden handles: Maple burl vs Cherry wood

Before we can go into the details of each wood type, we must identify what makes wooden handles so good. So why opt for wooden handles? Wood is natural material that is warm to the touch, comfortable to hold and long lasting. Therefore, it is no surprise that wood has been widely used as a […]

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What wood is best for cutting boards & butcher blocks?

If you think about it, cutting boards are very versatile and one of the most valuable accessories in your kitchen. It acts at any given moment as a chopping block, food preparation surface, or serving station—sometimes all three. Therefore it’s essential that this can’t-live-without kitchen accessory be made of a high quality, everlasting material. Wood […]

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Santoku Vs. Gyuto – What’s The Difference?

If you don’t own yet any Japanese kitchen knife, the exotic sounding names – gyuto, santoku, nakiri, sujihiki, deba etc. probably don’t ring any bell. Even if you’re a knife expert, familiar with all the different types of steel and different edge grinds, you might not know about the unique names that the Japanese use for their […]

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Differences Between End Grain Vs. Edge Grain x Cutting Board

We’ve covered essentials on cutting boards in our last article, but as with everything in life, you can always keep digging and learning more and more specifics which can help you to find the perfect product. Same with such a simple product – one could think – as a chopping board. Some people value good price over […]

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How To Choose The Best Cutting Board?

If you are investing in the kitchen equipment – such as finer knives, then it’s wise to be looking after them by investing in a good chopping board. The cutting board is perhaps the most essential (after knives) tool in your kitchen for meal prep. Picking a chopping board is actually easy once you learn […]

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Is It A Bad Luck To Give A Knife As A Gift?

You found the perfect knife to gift a friend or family member. But then you remember an old superstition in which it is bad luck to give a knife as a gift and don’t know what to do. Don’t worry! We have the perfect way to overcome the negative connotations associated with giving a knife […]

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15 Best Christmas Gifts For Japan Fans

It’s little over a month till Christmas and it’s a high time to look for the gifts for your loved ones. Today we’ve prepared you the ultimate present guide to Japanese and Japan-inspired products for every pocket. 1. Origami Set Origami set, like this Origami Fashion Set, contains 100 sheets of brightly coloured origami paper, […]

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The Difference between Aogami #2 and Aogami Super Blue

The Queen of the steels – Aogami Blue Super (Hitachi Metals Ltd.) is one of the greatest Japanese Carbon Steels. In addition to containing more Carbon, Chromium and Tungsten than Blue Steel No.1, it also includes Molybdenum. It has a very good edge sharpness and excellent edge retention.  It is also capable of attaining high […]

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Shirogami (#1) & Aogami (#2) Steels – The Difference

In this article, we will explain the differences between Shirogami (also called #1 steel) and Aogami (also called #2 steel). The words Ao and Shiro mean blue and white. Gami means metal. The numbers 1 and 2 are grade differences. It all has to do with the carbon content and the alloy content. Shirogami Steel […]

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Guide To The Best Knife Steel: VG10, Blue Steel And More

Whether you’re a professional kitchen chef or an amateur cook, Japanese knife you should pay particular attention to the type of steel used in the blade when choosing your kitchen knives. Steel is really the essence of the blade and primarily responsible for how the knife performs. Steel is essentially an alloy (i.e. a mix) […]