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60Lauren ShannonLV.13 58 2
Summer in Japan. The days and nights are super hot and humid. When mind over matter and chilly air conditioning is not enough -- do like the locals do and cool down with a classic Japanese frozen dessert, kakigori (かき氷). Essentially, this light summer concoction is shaved ice with flavored syrups...more...
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60Simone ChenLV.7 47 1
During a few fleeting weeks from June to July each year, ume fruit, or Japanese plums (actually closer to an apricot), come into season. Ume make their debut in supermarkets bright green and firm, not yet ready to use in most recipes other than for steeping in liquor to make umeshu (plum wine). W...more...
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60Simone ChenLV.7 81 1
On November 7, the world famous Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji Inner Market, will end the chapter of its 80-year history in Tokyo’s Tsukiji district. The market will move to a brand new site in the Toyosu district, about two kilometers away. While firs...more...
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60Jane KLV.5 58 5
Attention, sweet tooths! June 16th is Wagashi no Hi, or Wagashi Day. Instagram, Pinterest and other social media are likely to explode in a visual overload of these attractive and tasty sweets. Yet wagashi, “traditional Japanese confectioneries”, have long been on many a food lover’s radar. The m...more...
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60Julian RojasLV.1 34 1
Tsukiji is well known around the globe. Over the 80 years that the world's largest fish market has been doing business, distinct subcultures have developed. We will be covering the sites and sounds and people of the market in our new series: Tsukiji - A Neighborhood in Transition.Things are chang...more...
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60Kay NatsumiLV.22 204 2
From robots to rabbits, Tokyo has no shortage of cute and crazy restaurants and cafes. Theme cafes are popular in Japan because of their novelty and uniqueness. Some are permanent fixtures, like the world famous Robot Restaurant, and others are kikan gentei cafes or pop-up cafes, operating only ...more...
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60Simone ChenLV.7 48 1
Walking around Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Market is a feast for the eyes. Yet one of the great frustrations as a tourist to this famous wholesale market is that you can look, but not buy. You may have no means of preparing or cooking the seafood back at your hotel, or you simply may not know how to. ...more...
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60Jessica KozukaLV.1 35 2
The depth of winter is a busy time for brewers, an exciting time for drinkers! Ah, February. The cold temps and oh-so-short days are enough to make a sane person want to pull the covers over their head and hibernate till spring. For sake makers, though, that’s just not an option. This is the pea...more...
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60Simone ChenLV.7 42 2
A typical scene in Japan: people hunched over steamy bowls, audibly slurping, united by their love of ramen. For a dish that can take days to prepare, consuming a bowl of the stuff takes mere minutes. In this short amount of time to achieve a ramen high, have you ever stopped to wonder about the ...more...
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60Simone ChenLV.7 55 2
By ODIGO Contributor SIMONE CHEN When you start to see hand warmers for sale at your local konbini (convenience store) and dogs on the street donning fancy knit sweaters, you know that winter is upon us in Japan. Although the temperatures in Tokyo do not dip too drastically, in regions to the nor...more...