Dining out in Tokyo Post Coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Starting with the State of Emergency that went into effect for Tokyo and surrounding areas at the beginning of April, many restaurants went into a "takeout and delivery only" mode along with drastic cuts in hours and menus. Now that Japan has started reopening, many are in a hurry to...[ Click to read more ]

Cold Noodles in Hiroshima

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Cold noodles are just what the doctor ordered in the sweltering Japanese Summer! Noodles are an essential staple of Japanese cuisine, eaten by people of all ages in every part of the country. The first bowl of noodles arrived in Japan via Buddhist monks who brought them back from China more...[ Click to read more ]

Ice, Ice Baby – Chillin’ This Summer at Nagoya’s Best Ice Cream Shops

Jun 20, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

It's started. The summer is swelling, the heat is ramping up, and the humidity is already off the charts. Needless to say, that's par for the course in Aichi. Fortunately, there are a number of ways of beating the heat, but nothing quite trumps getting an ice cold ice cream...[ Click to read more ]

Best Coffee Houses in Kobe

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is renowned for being one of the most trendy and cosmopolitan cities in the Kansai region, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of cool coffee outlets to be found there. From small independent cafes to world-famous global chains, you can pick the kind of place that suits...[ Click to read more ]

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Whisky Galore! Discovering Nagoya’s Whisky Bars

Jun 13, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is, it is fair to say, whiskey crazy. Since it was first produced in the country in around 1870, whiskey has grown to compete with sake as Japan's top tipple. In fact, today Japan is recognized as being one of the world's greatest whiskey producers, with its top brands...[ Click to read more ]

Soul Food House in Azabujuban

May 28, 2020 By Admin

Soul Food House, located in Tokyo's Azabujuban neighborhood, about 3 minutes from Azabu Juban Station, is the real deal.  Mississippi and Georgia natives LaTonya and David Whitaker can cook, seriously well, so if you are looking for like home Southern, Creole, and Cajun food, or soul food; this is it....[ Click to read more ]

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Yakiniku in Nagoya

By Mark Guthrie

When you think of yakiniku, you probably can't help but think of strips of sumptuous, marbled wagyu beef sizzling on a grill, surrounded by salarymen in some high rise Ginza restaurant, right? It's as Japanese as it comes, isn't it? Wrong. Actually yakiniku [literally, grilled meat] comes from Korea, and...[ Click to read more ]

Mr. Kanso Canned Food Bar in Nagoya, Exactly What it Says on the Tin

By Mark Guthrie

There are many weird and wonderful experiences that we can have during our stays in Japan, but no trip is complete without a night at a concept bar. Perhaps the best known of these is the Robot cafe in Tokyo or the prison-theme bars. When it comes to Japanese 'otaku'...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima is Slowly Reopening!

By Hugh Cann

As you may have gathered, it is a bit of a snail’s pace creep back to trading hours for most places in Hiroshima. Hiroshima was fortunate enough to be comparatively low risk. Funny that. Even though it has been a big Chinese tourist destination, it did not suffer as much...[ Click to read more ]

Making Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki

By Hugh Cann

Okonomiyaki (o-konomi-yaki) is most easily 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...[ Click to read more ]

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