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08/09/2014 Everyday Life in Japan  Travel Tips

Enjoy a fun day on the train with “Ekiben,” a railway boxed meal.

There are a large variety of Ekiben available all around Japan. When you think of a trip on a train, you might think of the scenery from the train windows, chatting with friends, and the time you spend in general as a fun experience. In addition to this, “Ekiben”, or Obento (packed lunch) are sold at the train station as well as in the train itself and is part of this enjoyable experience. It is said that the Ekiben started on August 16th, 1885 when the “Riceball Bento” started being sold in Utsunomiya Station in Tochigi Prefecture. Many stations sell them now and there are a lot of unique Ekiben […]

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27/09/2014 Food & Specialties  Travel Tips

Why you should eat fugu in Shimonoseki

Why it’s ok to eat fugu and why you should do it in Shimonoseki!

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21/10/2014 Food & Specialties

You should try “Kushikatsu,” a special food of Osaka with a golden rule.

Unique foods of Osaka are not only “Takoyaki” and “Okonomiyaki”… Kushikatsu is also one of the many special foods of Osaka. It’s a prepared with pieces meat, fish, vegetables, and Japanese bread crumbs (panko) then, deep-fried and served on a skewer. It is said that one restaurant in the Shinsekai area of Osaka started serving Kushikatsu for the first time in 1930’s, but these days there are many restaurants like it all over Osaka. The meat, fish, and vegetables are cut in small pieces so, it’s easy to eat while enjoying the crunchy texture from the panko. What’s more…they are cheap!   Follow the golden rule of the Kushikatsu Restaurant; […]

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20/01/2015 Food & Specialties

3 things you didn’t know about eating anglerfish in Japan

Yes, you can eat anglerfish. Learn more about this intriguing fish.

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17/07/2015 Seasonal Activities  Traditions

【SUMMER】Let’s eat eel to survive the hot summer!“Doyo-no-ushi,” the day for eating eel.

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Doyo-ushi-no-hi is one of the seasonal customs of Japan. “Doyo” refers to the period of 18 days that Japan has 4 times a year. Japan used to count the dates by the twelve horary signs (ex. Rat, Ox, Tiger, ect. ). The Ox day is called “Doyo-no-ushi”, and because it overlaps the hottest summer season in Japan, the custom of eating eel to get stamina had begun.

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22/07/2015 Food & Specialties  Seasonal Activities  Travel Tips

【SUMMER】A beginner’s guide to Kakigoori (Shaved Ice), a Japanese Summer Classic Food

In this article I’d like to introduce you to shaved Ice, called ‘Kakigori’ in Japanese, a beloved and refreshing treat of the Japanese summer.

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27/04/2016 Bars & Restaurants  Food & Specialties

Discover Chanko Nabe, the food of Sumo wrestlers (recommended places included)

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After watching Sumo Wrestling in Ryogoku, you might question how the Sumo wrestlers maintain their large and powerful bodies. Are they eating unhealthy food every day? No. They eat a notoriously healthy dish that makes their bodies strong. Chanko Nabe (Hot Pot with miscellaneous ingredients) is crucial energy for the fighters.

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05/07/2018 Arakicho  Bars & Restaurants

Sushi Yachiyo: A sushi restaurant with more than 100 years of history

While sushi may be wherever you look in Tokyo, it makes sense to seek out quality at a great price….such a combination can be found at Sushi dokoro Yachiyo 鮨処八千代 located in the heart of Shinjuku city. Founded sometime during the Edo era (the exact date is lost in time), they have suppliers in every corner of Japan, and their thriving business has enabled them to open four more branches throughout Tokyo. Not an easy feat in a country that, according to some sources, boasts arounds 24000 different sushi places. Read on as we go into detail about the most famous sushi restaurant in Arakicho.

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