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Hostess Cafes

Hostess cafes are all over Japan and serve Japanese style pub food and drinks by cute hostesses. They are very popular with Japanese men because the hostesses are often flirtatious and friendly. The prices vary, but the cafes often become expensive if you become enamoured with your waitress.(48 words)

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Fast and Convenient Food in Japan images

Fast and Convenient Food in Japan

The "stand and eat" style tachigui soba restaurants are designed for the thousands of Japanese businessmen who do not even have time to sit and eat their meals. Everything is fast at a tachigui soba place. In my opinion, the speed of a meal at a tachigui soba restaurant dwarfs the "fastness" of a f…(344 words)

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GenS

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YUMMY FLAVOR

The most common form of seaweed I use in nori (or dry seaweed). This can be used as topping for many Japanese dishes, such as soba, okonomiyaki and ramen. It adds a delicious flavor to the dishes as well as nutritional content. Another form of seaweed I love is hijiki, which is a type of seawee…(125 words)

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RieS

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Good til the last drop

Japan has beer, and then they have "happoshu", which is actually imitation beer with very low actual malt/hop content. Happoshu however tastes nearly identical to beer, and for all intents and purposes, should, in fact, be considered a decent replacement for real beer.There is one striking char…(168 words)

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Chilled with tempura toppings images

Chilled with tempura toppings

Hanamarudon is a franchise chain of Sanuki udon (originated from Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku) which is my favorite spot to go to . This might sound strange but I like my udon chilled topped with tempuras (Japanese fritters of vegetable, seafood etc).Here is the menu online.http://www.hanamar…(119 words)

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Andrew Soh Chih Jen

Tuna salad rolls images

Tuna salad rolls

I recommend to try some tasty tuna salad rolls! They are usually called "Salad maki" in Japanese. They are somewhat healthy, kid-friendly and safe to eat (not raw fish). They use Japanese mayonnaise (Famous one is"Kewpie Mayonnaise." It has a very creamy texture. Very rich flavor. Great on Sa…(74 words)

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EmiOnishi

Lively Drinking Spots in Japan: Beer Gardens and Izakaya Japanese Pubs images

Lively Drinking Spots in Japan: Beer Gardens and Izakaya Japanese Pubs

You can find Beer Gardens atop department stores around Japan and Izakayas along any busy restaurant area in any city in the country.Although also popular with groups of friends or coworkers, you will find Japanese style pubs "Izakaya" popular with men- they serve many small dishes that go well…(220 words)

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Strong Zero Chuu Hais Give You More Bang for your Buck images

Strong Zero Chuu Hais Give You More Bang for your Buck

While chuu hais come in various kinds, Suntory's Strong Zero Chuu Hais give you more alcohol per yen, as they come in 8% and 9% varieties. They are quite popular with Japanese men, but people of any gender can consume them. They typically cost 201 yen at most convenience stores and 158 yen at store…(54 words)

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Take a chance sometimes

While it's usually best to order the sushi directly so it's fresh, sometimes it's good to take a chance and grab a plate off the conveyor belt. The chefs often serve up some of their crazier concoction that you may not have ordered in the first place. It's important to consider that they tend to co…(68 words)

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KurtisW

Doing Tsuke-men Right images

Doing Tsuke-men Right

Tsuke-men is a style of ramen where the noodles are served on the side of the soup broth, which tends to be thicker than the typical ramen broth.When ordering Tsuke-men, there are a variety of ways you can order the noodles. First you can order your noodles thin, or hoso-men, or thick, futs…(140 words)

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KurtisW

Fisherman's Lunch in Tsukiji images

Fisherman's Lunch in Tsukiji

If you are looking for a cheap and delicious in Tokyo, I recommend going to the Tsukiji fish market. Tsukiji is famous for being the largest fish market in the world. You may visit it early in the morning to watch the fishermen negotiating the prices for tuna. When you are done with that, DO NOT FO…(134 words)

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AustinA

Unique farmers markets in heart of Tokyo images

Unique farmers markets in heart of Tokyo

The image of farmers market is outside and once a week on the weekend.Tokyo Kotsuu Kaikan is look like regular office building in Hibiya(near Ginza) but it is now the place to get local fresh food from all of Japan.They have farmers markets everyday include on Sat and Sun.There are so …(175 words)

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yukorose

On a hot summer's night, not much difference... images

On a hot summer's night, not much difference...

True - Happoshu (imitation beer, or, as I call it, "near beer") is a low-malt mixture and sells for less than regular beer. I feel happoshu tends to have a sharper taste.However, if you are looking for a crisp beer taste and are on a budget, then nobody will think the less of you for trying a ha…(92 words)

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jdlawrence

"Shusai Ken" (酒采 堅) in Oimachi (大井町) images

"Shusai Ken" (酒采 堅) in Oimachi (大井町)

If you don't know this small diner, you may hesitate to drop in there or may pass by without noticing it, but once you know it, you will definitely love it and feel like coming back again!"Shusai Ken" (酒采 堅), or simply "Ken" (堅), is a small traditional Japanese diner run by a middle-aged J…(379 words)

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Cheap and good, Higonoya in Omotesando images

Cheap and good, Higonoya in Omotesando

Cheap and good.Love how the yakitoris come with negi-abura (chopped spring onions in oil).Placed in a fashionable area but an easy to enter spot.Very near the exit A4 of Omotesando station.http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13034811/Check out the pics and see whether it works for …(51 words)

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Andrew Soh Chih Jen

POP'S RAMEN HOUSE !!!! images

POP'S RAMEN HOUSE !!!!

RAMEN IS ALL OVER JAPAN , THE HAVE MANY TYPES OF SOUP, TO ENJOY A GOOD RAMEN YOU NEED A THE BEST SOUP!!! I love SHIO,SHOYU,MISO,TONKOTSU etc... ① I think Shoyu & Shio are from Tokyo! ②Miso is from Hokkaido ③ Tonkotsu is from kyushuu !!!To get the best tonkotsu and cheep Ramen shop is T…(90 words)

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How is the proposal?

Japanese people love tea! There are a lot of different kinds such as Sen-cha, Ma-cha and Mugi-cha. We cannot truly enjoy our meal and tea time without them. You can enjoy taste of each tea itself, but I would suggest it’s also enjoyable to study which tea go together with what kind of foods. As I …(81 words)

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Hideki Tazawa

It's all about the ingredients, and Tax (and tastes..!) images

It's all about the ingredients, and Tax (and tastes..!)

Well, it's a good question and could be a-bit-hard-to-tell kind of question unless you are knowledgeable about the liquor regulation in Japan; a liquor tax law!It's all about the ingredients, and the amount of malts/barley used for brewing beers. By definition, the amount of tax applied to a unit…(281 words)

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Masa

Cold soba noodle images

Cold soba noodle

Japanese tends to eat lot of cold soba during hot summer.(11 words)

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JennyS

Each part of the tea leaf is used to make different kind of teas images

Each part of the tea leaf is used to make different kind of teas

Japan is famous for its green teas and there are many different types and grades, which can be confusing for foreigners.Sencha:Sencha is the most common Japanese green tea made of the tea leaves. Whereas black tea has been roasted, green tea is steamed during the production process.Matcha…(589 words)

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Nicolas

Where you can find good beef that comes with a good price images

Where you can find good beef that comes with a good price

You can easily come across top graded beef in any stores near the stations in Japan but the price may not be that comfortable. I normally get my A4 grade beef which I found the cheapest (almost half of the price compare to others) from OK. OK is a supermarket chain, check out the locations near you…(110 words)

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Stuff on Seaweed! images

Stuff on Seaweed!

I'm a huge fan of seaweed. Here are some interesting varieties I picked up at the local station market.1. “Kuki Wakame” – seaweed stems (top left)- fantastic in salads with ume or ponzu dressing2. “Tororo Kombu” – pickled, shredded kombu kelp (top right)- used in soups, on udon or soba n…(110 words)

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Emmie

Nori-maki Senbei (rice cracker in laver) images

Nori-maki Senbei (rice cracker in laver)

Although there are a variety of Senbei (rice crackers) with different seasonings and foods in Japan, Nori-maki Senbei is probably the best and most popular one. Soy source slightly scorched and laver provide you with pleasant aroma. Enjoy a pleasant crispy feeling of laver too!(45 words)

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Hideki Tazawa

“Oshiruko” can make you hot from the core of your body! images

“Oshiruko” can make you hot from the core of your body!

“Oshiruko” is one of the most popular winter foods in winter. Oshiruko is a sweet red-bean soup with mochi or shira-tama (rice‐flour dumplings). It tastes very sweet and keeps you warm especially during cold season where people consume energy a lot. Some people enjoy putting “Arare” (very small ri…(58 words)

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Hideki Tazawa

Experience Japanized Style American Breakfast images

Experience Japanized Style American Breakfast

There is a Denny's just down the street from my house and I used to go there all the time for bacon and eggs with a side of toast. But....in Japan, Denny's also offers the opposite of the all-american breakfast. Fried fish, white rice, miso soup, umeboshi, dry nori (seaweed), an egg and some otukem…(127 words)

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Local Trucks and shops near stations images

Local Trucks and shops near stations

Keep your eyes peeled. especially for seasonal items- the little trucks that park around back alleys and side streets usually offer good deals. Also near most train stations you can find fruit and veggie stands- later in the day they often run specials of things that they need to move that are gett…(103 words)

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LShannon

Watch out for green tea farms on Shinkansen images

Watch out for green tea farms on Shinkansen

You can enjoy drinking tea, as well as watching it grow! Shizuoka-prefecture is the top producing area for Japanese tea, and you can see tea farms from Shinkansen. One hour from Tokyo on the bullet train, you may easily locate those farms on both sides of the railroad. Even if you don't know wh…(113 words)

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ToshiA

Tokyo and Shinagawa station, "All that shellfish" images

Tokyo and Shinagawa station, "All that shellfish"

"品川名物貝づくし" ("shinagawa meibutsu kai zukushi")Actually, I never had it, but I can tell it must be good.5 kinds of cooked shellfishes on rice and veges.Sold at Tokyo and Shinagawa Station, 930 yen.(32 words)

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Moo Moo

Eat the Best Ramen Noodles in Japan images

Eat the Best Ramen Noodles in Japan

You can see here that we have ordered Jumbo Ramen with Nori (seaweed) as one of the best toppings. Floating quietly in the hot and tasty soup is the Onsen or boiled soft egg. If you cut it open with your chopsticks the soft yellow yolk will flow out into the ramen soup and add that last amazing tas…(90 words)

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Unagi can be a year-round power builder images

Unagi can be a year-round power builder

I recently went to a Unagi restaurant in Hamamatsu and they served slightly browned (just so it is not raw) Unagi or Eel. There were toppings included like Yuzu-kosho (citrus and pepper), ginger, wasabi and radish. The taste was absolutely amazing. This would be good for a year-round delight so don…(72 words)

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Make sure in Japan to drink tea at a restaurant images

Make sure in Japan to drink tea at a restaurant

Today, we stopped in at a beautiful little Sushi Shop in Ginza in Tokyo. The warm tea that came out right at the beginning prepared our palate perfectly for the lovely fish to come after. It was a truly perfect experience. We would recommend that when you come to eat sushi you make sure to prepare …(76 words)

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The Real Sushi Experience, Don't Miss Out! images

The Real Sushi Experience, Don't Miss Out!

I always went to "kaiten sushi" because it was easy, you can calculate expense based on color and design of the plates and you could see what you are ordering as you take a plate off the conveyer belt. I still go to kaitenzushi when I want a scrumptious meal of sush (I want to eat a lot) or when I …(351 words)

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Wasabi! Watch out when Eating in Japan images

Wasabi! Watch out when Eating in Japan

If you dont really like having a lot of wasabi in your sushi, please make sure you ask the Chef "Wasabi wa karume de". This literally means, "Please go lightly on the wasabi". Or, you can ask for "Sabi Nuki" which means they wont put any wasabi in the sushi at all. However, the wasabi flavor actual…(146 words)

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Eggs Abound

You can guarantee that in Japan, they have exhausted the best ways to eat certain seafood at certain times of the year, and of course paired with other foods. Fall is the season that is likely most anticipated by the seafood-loving Japanese populace. Just as it is the time of major vegetable, a…(140 words)

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Just use your hands

I feel as though a lot of people who eat sushi treat it with a bit too much reverence. All though sushi is a misleadingly complex topic, both for the chef and the customer, in the modern day, it is just meant to be enjoyed rather than over-analyzed.If you have reservations or concerns that sush…(325 words)

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Nothing to stick your tongue out at images

Nothing to stick your tongue out at

Gyūtan, or beef tongue, is a common meat in Japanese Yakiniku restaurants. The meat is particularly fatty, with roughly 75% of its calories derived from fat. While many people may consider tongue meat to be difficult to stomach, it is actually quite commonly eaten around the world. In Europe, ton…(222 words)

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Ba-sashi

I think many have heard of "sashi-mi", or fine cuts of raw fish to be eaten straight, but the Japanese tend to eat other meats raw as well. Even chicken and beef will occasionally be eaten raw in very small quantities.One thing that was a kind of double surprise for me when I first came to Japa…(121 words)

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Recommended Craft Beer in Japan images

Recommended Craft Beer in Japan

Question: What craft beer in Japan do you recommend?My personal favourites: anything from Baird Beer, Brimmer Brewing, Coedo, Yona Yona, and whatever's on tap at Antenna America. Check out my website for links, addresses, and event information:http://www.abrewcadabrew.comFor a comprehensi…(55 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Water, water everywhere images

Water, water everywhere

Due to rainy seasons akin to visits by monsoons, typhoons and a goodly amount of snow, which remains in place until spring and then replenishes the water supply both above and under the ground, water for the most part is abunda. Unfortunately clear, potable water has been used for many other purpos…(115 words)

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Fuji Soba images

Fuji Soba

Fuji Soba, found all over downtown Tokyo, is a soba shop like many that have a relatively simple menu of either soba or udon, cold or in hot broth, with the option of a small rice bowl. This place has got to have some of the absolute fastest service I have ever seen, provided it isn't too busy.…(122 words)

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