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Is Tofu Bad for Women?

Some people will tell you that women should stay away from tofu, particularly if they are either at particular risk of developing breast cancer or are currently struggling with breast cancer. The argument being made in favor of this is that the isoflavones found in tofu have an effect that is similar to estrogen, which might encourage the growth of malignant cells in the breast. Fortunately, it would seem that these fears are without merit.

According to recent research coming out of the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, a diet rich in tofu and similar soy-based dishes can actually decrease your risk factor of dying from breast cancer by a significant degree. Women who eat tofu after overcoming breast cancer also showed a lower chance of relapsing. So long as you stick to whole soy foods, like tofu and soymilk, it’s hard to go wrong.

If you’re looking for delicious ways to make soy a bigger part of your diet, come to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood. We offer a number of soy-based favorites, including our edamame, our agedashi tofu, our tofu salad, and more!

The Japanese Star Festival

According to Chinese legends, the seventh day of the seventh month is when the stars Altair and Vega are able to cross over the celestial boundaries that separate them and meet. Japan marks this occasion with a celebration known as Tanabata, the Star Festival.

During Tanabata, people traditionally like to write their wishes on a small strip of paper. This paper is then tied to the branches of bamboo trees, which are specially erected for the occasion. Tradition states that wishes tied up in this way are more likely to be granted.

Depending on where you go in Japan, this festival could be held on either July 7th or August 7th. This discrepancy is due to the fact that some places observe the familiar solar calendar, while others continue to go by the Chinese-style lunar calendar. Whenever it is celebrated, it is an occasion for colorful festivities and family togetherness. Come and mark the occasion for yourself with some quality fare at Wild Wasabi’s Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood!

When the First Sushi Bar Came to America

Back in the 1960’s, a man named Noritoshi Kanai introduced an American business associate to sushi in a Japanese restaurant. His associate was so impressed with the dish that he brought it back to Los Angeles and started Kawafuku Restaurant. This restaurant, found in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo became the first place in the United States to serve Edomae-sushi.

The restaurant quickly turned into a popular location for local Japanese businessmen to take their American colleagues for a taste of their native culture. They made such good business that Kawafuku’s sushi chef was able to save $30,000 dollars in as little as four years. This chef took his new wealth back to his hometown in Japan, where he shared his story with many struggling chefs who were eager to replicate his success. It was then that the United States saw an influx of Japanese immigrants looking to spread their sushi craft and live the American dream.

Since then, Americans have been embracing sushi more and more in each passing year. Come and be a part of this phenomenal movement at WIld Wasabi’s Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood today!