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In the past, people have tended to stick with traditional recipes, but the latest trend in Japan has people getting creative with how hot pot, or “nabe” looks and their photogenic creations are a feast for the eyes.

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China’s voracious consumers have helped to create a new buzzword in Japan in 2015 with the term “bakugai” – which translates as “explosive buying.” During China’s Golden Week holidays in early October 2015, around 400,000 tourists from mainland China descended on Japanese destinations, spending an estimated ¥100 billion (HK$6.3 billion) in the space of seven days.

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Okra is a flowering plant in the mallow family, the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. Okra traces its native roots to Ethiopia and a bit north to the region of the Sudan. As early as the 13th century it was said to be growing along the Nile River.

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Besides giving shade for poaches in hot southern summers, the main uses of Kudzu in the United States have been for erosion control and as a forage crop. However, due to the fact that individual vines can grow “upwards of a foot per day” in the right conditions, Kudzu out-climbs and thus shading-outs its competitors, even onto the top of one-hundred-foot-tall trees. It became an enormous, invasive problem in the United States and other countries.

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THE vine has completely dominated Georgia, USA, and has reached the north shore of Lake Erie, positioning itself near Leamington, Ontario, Canada. Known in the United States as “the vine that ate the South”, it continued to reach for world domination. In the 1930s and 1940s the US government subsidized farmers to plant an estimated three million acres of Kudzu to help combat soil erosion from poor farming practices. By the early 1950s, however, the Soil Conservation Service was quietly back-pedaling on its big kudzu push. In the 1990s, it was placed on the Federal Noxious Weed List.

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Here is one of example of non-native species that quickly became an enormous, invasive problem. Kudzu, also known as “mile-a-minute vine” is one of the world’s worst invasive species. This species has become a very serious problem in United States.

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