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Savour the taste of Japan and discover incredible izakayas, ravishing ramen, sensational sushi, superb sweets, and a whole lot more deliciousness.

Combini Checkout: A beginner’s guide to Onigiri

Whether it be for a outdoor picnic or a quick lunch break at your office desk, the Japanese rice ball, onigiri or omusubi is filling, convenient, and can pack a whole lot of flavor....

Kichijoji, casual Tokyo

Enjoy Tokyo like a local Voted as Tokyo's most livable area for an impressive seven years in a row, Kichijoji is the kind of place you can be your casual self. The streets are full of cafes,...

TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL 2015 Winter

TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL 2015 Winter will be held at Aoyama's UNU farmers' market this weekend. Many baristas and coffee shop operators from all over Japan will show off their craft!   SHOP LIST December 12 (Sat) 27 COFFEE...

Nostalgic Pottering in Yanesen Part 1

Shitamachi roaming by bicycle Don't worry if you've never heard of pottering. It is a so called waseieigo (和製英語), which is a Japanese word created out of one or more English terms. Calling it an English word that...

Discover Niigata from Tokyo. Let’s Go!【Festival】

Festival: Culture, Art and Tradition in the Rural Landscapes of Niigata 【Yuzawa•Uonuma Tokamachi City, Tsunanmachi】 Incorporating Art into the Countryside  Echigo Tsumari Art Festival 2018 Make it a point to catch this triennial showcase of colorful artwork inspired by...

The Charm of Hokuto (1) : Oasis of the Highlands

Nestled in the highlands between the Yatsugatake Mountains and Minami Alps, Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture is a true jewel worth exploring. Surrounded by majestic mountains from 3 sides and the view of Mt....
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In harmony with the seasons: Choyo no Sekku

The “yang” of the “yin-yang” concept is thought to become too strong and hence inauspicious on dates which are odd-numbered in both day and month. The sekku, or seasonal festival, became an event to...

Restaurant Review: Harukiya Ramen

Cravings for ramen Last night, I just couldn’t fall asleep. As soon as I tried to close my eyes, a bowl of Harukiya’s ramen appeared in my mind. That’s just how much I love this...

Mountain and sea delicacies that you can’t get in cities

Local dishes you’ve never had before! Today, restaurant chains are so popular that there seems to be no diversity in the food and experience wherever you go. But this is not true in Tohoku, where...