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Mario i Sentieri

This restaurant's name "Mario i Sentieri" means "Mario's Paths" in English, as chef Mario says he wants his patrons to see their time at his restaurant as an experience, and it was clearly the best restaurant dining experience of my life so far.The lighting is dim enough to be relaxing and roma…(421 words)

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Laurier Tiernan

Akihabara & Ueno Restaurants: Themed images

Akihabara & Ueno Restaurants: Themed

Many of the restaurants and cafés in the well-known district of Akihabara are just as cute, quirky and exciting as the anime and manga-related shopping. Though the district of Ueno is less anime-centric, there are still some culinary surprises to be found. The following list shows off a mere handfu…(339 words)

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Japanista

Exquisite French Fine Dining in Yokohama images

Exquisite French Fine Dining in Yokohama

Although I live in Yokohama, I avoided this restaurant for years thinking Queen Alice "had to be" overrated and overpriced. Created and owned by former Iron Chef, Yutaka Ishinabe, why else wouldn't I?But last night I took my girlfriend there for our three-year anniversary, and had a wonderful, …(244 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Fried Rice at Aster Ginza images

Fried Rice at Aster Ginza

In my opinion the fried rice is one of the best dishes at Aster Ginza. Fried rice is usually pretty straight forward, run of the mill dish but as usual, Aster Ginza takes the standard version, and makes it into something quite special. They offer two different types of fried rice - the standard typ…(201 words)

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Adstev73

Ginza Aster O-Sechi images

Ginza Aster O-Sechi

I know its probably kind of a bit too soon in the year to be thinking about this but the other day, when I went to Ginza Aster for lunch, I got talking to the staff and the subject of Sechi (new year’s food) came up. It turns out that Ginza Aster produce really great (I mean awesome!) sechi every y…(269 words)

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Adstev73

Yoshiwara and Oiran and TEMPURA images

Yoshiwara and Oiran and TEMPURA

In Japan, there was a place called "Yoshiwara".It is a famous place, the woman named Oiran, but it is not anymore.Things that Japanese men expect to women,It is a little childish gesture and innocent face.The reason is because cute.Its roots can be found in Yoshiwara and Oiran.100…(151 words)

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Siteseeing

Go on a quest to find the tastiest Japanese noodles images

Go on a quest to find the tastiest Japanese noodles

Explore the world of ramen and tsukemen“Shops making tasty ramen noodles are everywhere in Japan. Get off the train at just about any station and chances are that you will find a ramen shop nearby. Many ramen shops offer ramen (noodles served in a bowl of soup) and tsukemen (noodles and soup se…(450 words)

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DeepJapan

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Dagashi-ya

The most interesting places to get snacks in Japan are at dagashi-ya, which means, literally cheap snack store. Dagashi are mostly very inexpensive candies and other snack items that have been around for many years, especially in the mid-Showa post-war period. While the prices have gone up since …(101 words)

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mikekato

Shop and eat at Motomachi! images

Shop and eat at Motomachi!

Motomachi is a popular area among women, because it is a chic and fancy street full of delicious restaurants and brand and non-branded stores. Along the street, you will come across stores such as Zara, Samantha Thavasa, Star Jewelry and so on. My favorite part of Motomachi, however, is the street …(140 words)

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RieS

Did someone say unagi! images

Did someone say unagi!

When I first came to Japan, I didn't expect the summers to be as long and as torturous as they are. Hot temperatures both highs and lows, day after day and month after month. Knowing the right drinks for a hot and sticky summer night is easy: beer! Food on the other hand is more difficult. But …(182 words)

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Nate

Otsukemono, Oshinko, Shiba-zuke and Fukujin-zuke ... etc. images

Otsukemono, Oshinko, Shiba-zuke and Fukujin-zuke ... etc.

When you talk about pickled veggies, there are many kinds like the ones on the title. Basicly they're called "o-tsuke-mono" and are pickled by salt, vinegar, Sake lees, or Miso. When on menu for snack w/ alcohol, they are often called "o-tsuke-mono" or "o-shin-ko". Most of them will contain "…(125 words)

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junebug

Sashimi, Sushi, grilled fish… images

Sashimi, Sushi, grilled fish…

Soy sauce is prepared by the fermentation of soybeans. In Japan, we use it for a wide range of foods such as Sashimi, Sushi, grilled fish and Dashi-maki tamago (Japanese omelette).(31 words)

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ErinoO

Nakameguro is very Female Friendly! images

Nakameguro is very Female Friendly!

The neighborhood of Nakameguro (nickname Nakame) is packed with great little boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The beautiful tree lined canal (cherry blossoms in hanami season) is perfect for a day out with friends, or a lovely afternoon on your own. The range in this small neighborhood is amazing…(124 words)

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LShannon

Handle your sushi like a pro images

Handle your sushi like a pro

Ignoring preparation (which can be an intensely meticulous process on the part of sushi chefs), nothing about the actual consumption of sushi needs to be complicated, at least in my experience. After all, it is only a slab of fish over a block of rice. Sushi is meant to be eaten in one bite, so han…(172 words)

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KurtisW

Elaborate onigiri is king images

Elaborate onigiri is king

Traditional onigiris have a nice healthy appeal, and retain the "classic" Japanese dietary elements, such as rice, fish, and pickled veggies, but let's not limit ourselves to just the classics. Every convenience store has its own brand (or at least brand that is made for that convenience store), an…(178 words)

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KurtisW

If you like potato chips - you MUST try "Jagariko" "じゃがりこ” images

If you like potato chips - you MUST try "Jagariko" "じゃがりこ”

I don't know why these are not in the States yet. Just think of a potato chip but shaped like a french fry. Many flavors, easy to eat, and they don't crumble all over you or your keyboard!I know Japanese who swear they are best dipped in mayonnaise.(49 words)

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JiyugaokaPaul

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Taste over tradition

A late night gorge at a typical Japanese junk food restaurant just can't be beat. One thing which I always go for is ramen, but not just any ramen. Taste over tradition is the key concept, and many older or more traditional Japanese people scoff at some of the wild creations that downtown ramen sho…(133 words)

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KurtisW

Good for the teeth, wallet, and diet images

Good for the teeth, wallet, and diet

Japan certainly has some interesting snacks, some that may seem a bit outlandish and wild; mostly of the seafood variety. It may take a bit of courage and a bit of time to stomach some the stranger ones, but once you get used to the smell, texture, or flavor of some of the more "unique" snacks, the…(172 words)

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KurtisW

Making tasty okonomiyaki images

Making tasty okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki means, literally, "cooked to your own preference." At a restaurant, take a look around and see how others cook it. Making a pancake and letting the first side cook is reasonably easy, But taking the special spatulas in both hands and flipping it in a single motion takes practice. Ord…(58 words)

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mikekato

Soup Base images

Soup Base

Soy sauce seems to make its way into all of Japanese cuisine one way or another. Often times just as a replacement for salt in cooking. I find that my bottle in my apartment most commonly makes its way into soups. I usually boil green onions and other stuff like a chicken carcass or fish flakes, an…(108 words)

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KurtisW

Delicious pastries and bread at Donq images

Delicious pastries and bread at Donq

My favorite bakery in Tokyo is Donq, one that can be found commonly in department stores and stations. Although bread in Japan may get a bit pricy, it is worth the money because it is delicious and unique. As a person who doesn't like sweets, my favorite bread at Donq is their baguette and calzone.…(114 words)

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RieS

Try not to eat or drink while walking and riding trains! images

Try not to eat or drink while walking and riding trains!

The generally accepted rule of conduct is to not eat or drink on the train and while walking (taking a sip of water or tea is fine). This is because Japanese people tend to be very considerate for other people on the train and streets. They also want to keep the trains and streets clean by not spil…(86 words)

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RieS

Refresh Yourself with Green Tea in Japan images

Refresh Yourself with Green Tea in Japan

If you go to the drink section in a convenient store in Japan, you will find that about 20% of the drinks are different types of tea! The tea is very delicious and some even have actual tea leaves in them. When I was at school, I would drink green tea every day. When you come to Japan, I definitely…(70 words)

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GenS

Catering can be extremely easy! images

Catering can be extremely easy!

Take-out can be very easy as long as you know how to say several information in Japanese or simple English. Let's say that you want to take-out pizza. First, you should pick the soba you want by looking at the menu online or on the flyer. Before you call, you should know how to write the addres…(232 words)

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RieS

Teppanyaki at Seryna! images

Teppanyaki at Seryna!

My family and I enjoy going to Seryna, a teppanyaki (cooking with an iron griddle) Kobe beef restaurant in Kannai, Yokohama. You will get high quality beef with excellent flavoring and service. The chefs have to train for a decade before being able to cook in front of the customers. In this restaur…(118 words)

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RieS

How to Maintain the Perfect Balance Between Noodles and Sauce in Japan images

How to Maintain the Perfect Balance Between Noodles and Sauce in Japan

A key when eating zaru-udon (udon on a bamboo net that you dip into sauce) is to avoid dipping the udon too much. This does require some chopstick skills but what you want to aim for is dipping your udon in the sause just enough so its tasty but not too much that all you taste is the sauce. The noo…(147 words)

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GenS

A major "craft" beer images

A major "craft" beer

Japan's readily available beers are all of the same light lager category; Kirin, Asahi, Suntory, and Sapporo. While there are slight variations in each, such as a black beer from each maker, IPA, stouts, etc are not easy to find. One beer however that is somewhat crafty that is conveniently availab…(120 words)

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KurtisW

Make sure they serve the flavor ramen you like! images

Make sure they serve the flavor ramen you like!

The most important thing to consider when looking for a ramen shop is what to make sure they serve the ramen broth flavor you prefer. As a basic guideline, there are three common types of ramen broth: Tonkotsu/Pork FlavorShoyu/Soy Sauce FlavorMiso FlavorWhile some Ramen restaurants serv…(89 words)

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KurtisW

Vinegar, the cure all! images

Vinegar, the cure all!

When you go and eat ramen, at almost every single place, you will notice that they have 3 bottles of sauce at the table. One is dark, which is soy sauce, one is red chili oil, and the other clear one is vinegar. When I eat ramen, I always take a small spoonful of soup and pour some vinegar in i…(162 words)

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KurtisW

Check out Lipovitan! images

Check out Lipovitan!

Lipovitan is a small energy drink that comes in a bottle with a gold cap. They cost under 200 yen and are an effective energy drink without all of the liquid that western energy drinks have.(35 words)

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KurtisW

Try Okonomiyaki and a Chuu Hai images

Try Okonomiyaki and a Chuu Hai

Okonomiyaki is an awesome Japanese dish that is basically a pancake filled with cabbage, meats, and whatever else you'd like. In the Tokyo area, okonomiyaki tends to be thinner, whereas in the Kyoto/Osaka region they get much thicker.Chuu Hais are a japanese interperation of the Highball drink …(72 words)

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KurtisW

Before you leave... images

Before you leave...

When staying at the park or street with cherry blossoms, you should not take up excessive amounts of space, especially if it is a popular location. Take a picnic sheet that will fit your friends and/or family members with whom you will be doing hanami. Also, you must remember to throw out your own …(106 words)

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RieS

Royal Host - a cozy environment images

Royal Host - a cozy environment

My all-time favorite family restaurant is Royal Host, a family restaurant that is more upper-class than others. My family usually go there just to relax, because the have comfortable booth seats. They also have a drink bar and therefore it's a great place to hang out and talk with your friends!…(137 words)

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RieS

Sakuramochi hits the spot images

Sakuramochi hits the spot

My favorite dessert during the spring time is sakura-mochi, which is a pink and sweet rice cake with red bean paste and a sakura leaf wrapped around the mochi. It is delectable and is perfect after any meal. I love how the saltiness of the leaf complements the sweetness of the mochi. This is th…(68 words)

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RieS

How to Get the Freshest Sushi in Japan! images

How to Get the Freshest Sushi in Japan!

One tip I think you should know is to try and avoid taking sushi from the conveyer belt and order it directly with the sushi chef instead. Although its fun to take sushi from the conveyer belt, ordering it directly from the “sushi master” will ensure what you get is the freshest sushi possible. Som…(103 words)

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GenS

Kimono Wine Bar and Grill in Japan images

Kimono Wine Bar and Grill in Japan

There is a small restaurant in Nogizaka called Kimono Wine Bar and Grill that I go to sometimes when I’m craving for some good food. I especially enjoy their steak and greek salad. One problem, though, is that it's a little difficult to find. But that's what makes it a nice hideaway spot! Here is a…(69 words)

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GenS

Best Bar in Roppongi, Japan images

Best Bar in Roppongi, Japan

My favorite bar in Tokyo is Heartland bar in Roppongi Hills. It is a very open and fancy bar, always lively with people, perfect for a drink before clubbing in Roppongi. It is also where Heartland Beer (a Japanese beer made by Kirin) was first made. For Roppongi, the beer cocktails are very reasona…(84 words)

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GenS

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Don't worry!

I've sometimes been in a dilemma in that my friends want to eat sushi, but I can't eat raw fish. In that case, I order inari-zushi and tamago-maki - my two favorite dishes. Inari zushi is vinegar rice stuffed in fried-tofu, brown bags. The sourness of the vinegar complements the sweetness of the fr…(133 words)

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RieS

To warm your body... images

To warm your body...

During the winter, I like to warm my body up with a hot nabe, which is a big pot filled with vegetables, meat and fish. As a person who eats little meat, I love cooking a mountain of vegetables in the soup stock. The vegetables that I always put in are daikon, nagaimo (type of yam), shiitake mushro…(92 words)

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RieS

Fans of Green Tea, Listen to This Helpful Tip images

Fans of Green Tea, Listen to This Helpful Tip

Ryokucha is my favourite type of green tea. I still drink it regularly and when I used to go to school, I would drink 500 ml a day. At any convenient store or supermarket, you will have a range of green tea brands to choose from. Any of them are good. If given the choice, I would probably choose Ay…(173 words)

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