YOKOGAWA OLD and NEW – has had a revamp

Aug 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

  Historically Yokogawa is the old Shitamachi and before the second world war was very much the Hiroshima CBD. The post-war reconstruction tended to shift most commercial and retail activity to the Naka -ku (ward) area in central Hiroshima. Thus, some of the businesses premises in Yokogawa are pretty much...[ Click to read more ]

Meguro Sanma Festival: Thanks for all the (free) fish!

Aug 20, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It’s no secret that Japan is a seafood lover’s paradise. Everything that swims, crawls or otherwise calls any body of water home can be found on a dinner table here. Of course, the national dish, sushi, is served raw but grilling fish over coals is also part of traditional Japanese...[ Click to read more ]

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Booze Cruising on the Toyohashi Noryo Beer Tram

By Mark Guthrie

Of the fact that Japan likes to have a drink or two, there can be no doubt. This is the land of sake, ice cold Asahi, and numerous post-work highballs. It is a country where you can enjoy nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink) menus at almost every izakaya restaurant and then, at any...[ Click to read more ]

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Summer Cruises on Tokyo Bay

Jul 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

What’s better than attending one of Japan’s summer festivals? Cruising Tokyo Bay while sipping cocktails in your summer yukata! So what exactly is it like to cruise Tokyo Bay anyway? We talked about how cruising Tokyo Bay aboard some of these ships makes for a romantic setting on Valentine’s Day...[ Click to read more ]

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Why is Hawaiian Food so Popular in Japan?

By Jason Gatewood

There are places one can go to in Japan where it will seem you’ve stepped through Doraemon’s Dokodemo Door and landed straight up in America’s 50th state, Hawaii. From hula dancing to learning to play the ukulele, Japan has been all-in on all things Hawaiian since the heady “Bubble Era”...[ Click to read more ]

Teppanyaki in Hiroshima: Showy and Sizzlingly Tasty

Jul 22, 2019 By Hugh Cann

Teppanyaki is a post–World War II-style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which is the metal plate on which it is cooked, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using...[ Click to read more ]

Barbacoa Grill, Brazilian “Churrasco” Cuisine in Tokyo

Jul 09, 2019 By Ray Proper

Barbacoa Grill is a Brazilian restaurant located in Omotesando, Tokyo that specializes in “churrasco” cuisine; Brazil's answer to BBQ. Churrasco uses a variety of meats, pork, sausage and chicken cooked on a "churrasqueira", or barbecue grill, usually on spits or skewers. Barbacoa offers authentic “churrasco” cuisine served to the rhythm...[ Click to read more ]

Why is Bubble Tea Suddenly Popular in Japan?

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The first time I tasted tapioca pearls in milk tea was as a teenager in the mid-1990’s while checking out a new trendy Asian fusion spot that was all the rage with us young folk in my hometown in the States. Fast-forward a couple of years to my first foray...[ Click to read more ]

Best Picnic Spots in Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

With the weather becoming a lot nicer, many people are ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather, and having a picnic is a nice cheap way to get out into the city and enjoy it. I know a few places from small squares to riverside glens that are...[ Click to read more ]

A History of Hiroshima’s Soul-Food, Okonomiyaki

By Hugh Cann

Okonomiyaki (o-konomi-yaki) is often described as a Japanese savory pancake made from a variety of ingredients that includes shredded cabbage, flour, and yam-based batter, meat (generally fresh pork belly) and seafood. The name comes from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like," and yaki meaning "cooked"...[ Click to read more ]