Feasting on Fugu – Where to Eat Blowfish in Aichi

Jan 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

You've probably seen that classic episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to a Japanese restaurant and eats fugu, a pufferfish equally famed for its sublime, delicate flavor, and that if the wrong part of this fish is consumed it can be deadly. While it is true that the intestines,...[ Click to read more ]

Soba and Udon in Hiroshima – More Than Tasty Staples

By Hugh Cann

Along with rice, noodles are a staple of the Japanese diet and central to everyday life, from quick lunches to iconic festival dishes. There are a wide variety of noodles available in Japanese cuisine. The most commonly eaten noodles are soba and udon.  Soba uses buckwheat flour, and has a more...[ Click to read more ]

Grapes Over Grain – The Rising Popularity of Japanese Wine

Jan 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Everyone knows that Japan is sake country, and when we arrive, we are all desperate to indulge in the traditional tipple of the nation. Euphemistically translated as Japanese rice wine, sake (or 'nihonshu,' as the locals call it) has been the choice alcoholic drink here since time immemorial. However, this...[ Click to read more ]

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Chocs Away! Where to Buy Valentine’s Chocolate in Nagoya

By Mark Guthrie

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and in Japan, that means just one thing: chocolate. Now, everyone knows that here in Japan, we do things a little differently, namely that on February 14, women are the chocolate givers, whether it be a heartfelt indication of love for their chosen partner,...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Animal Cafes

By Jason Gatewood

One of the cutest and most unique recent trends in Japan is the cat cafe, where one can enjoy a cup of coffee while playing with cats that roam the shop in search of kibble, doled out by customers for an additional fee. Because space is at a premium in...[ Click to read more ]

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The Way of Tea – Japanese Tea Ceremony in Nagoya

By Mark Guthrie

Also referred to as the Way of  Tea, the Japanese tea ceremony elevates the preparation and presentation of 'macha,' or powdered green tea, to a ceremonial activity of great cultural significance. In the tea ceremony or chanoyu,  sadō, or chadō in Japanese, matcha is skillfully and elegantly prepared for guests...[ Click to read more ]

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Try Sumo Wrestler Cuisine at a Chanko Nabe Hotpot Restaurant in Tokyo

Jan 28, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Of course, you know about Japan’s national sport, sumo. If not, then here are a few ways to familiarize yourself with this original form of wrestling. You might ask yourself, how do those guys gain all that weight, but still maintain their stamina and flexibility? Despite what you might think, sumo...[ Click to read more ]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

Jan 23, 2020 By Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they're at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and certainly cheaper!), why...[ Click to read more ]

8 Most Popular Dessert Shops in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Kobe isn’t just famous for their beef; their desserts are also equally popular for tourists and locals alike. After a fantastic meal of beef or seafood, as the port city is also well known for, you’ might lounge and relax in their sweet shops and sample picture-perfect and mouth-watering desserts...[ Click to read more ]

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Great Street Food in Kansai

Jan 21, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There are plenty of street food outlets across Kansai for those looking for food-on-the-go. Street food gives you the chance to sample some tasty dishes unique to the region, all at pretty reasonable prices. Here is a selection of top bites to look for. Takoyaki The quintessential Osaka street snack,...[ Click to read more ]