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Use Sushi Apps to learn before you go images

Use Sushi Apps to learn before you go

"Sushipedia" is a good one. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sushipedia/id326316017?mt=8(14 words)

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Ray_Proper

Summer power food in Japan - believe it or not, curry! images

Summer power food in Japan - believe it or not, curry!

Although I still haven't quite got used to the concept, many Japanese people love to eat spicy curry when it's very hot and humid.My mother-in-law says that it's because it helps to increase your appetite. Curry is hot and spicy, so it is easier to eat, and somehow makes you end up feeling bett…(105 words)

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William Nealy

Go to local supermarkets or try pick-your-own farms images

Go to local supermarkets or try pick-your-own farms

Just keep in mind that fruits in Japan are relatively more expensive than other countries. So avoid buying them from department stores, supermarkets for expats, or Seijo Ishii that imports foreign foods, and go to one of your local supermarkets. Or you can join a bus tour for PYO experience. Yo…(69 words)

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Natchan

Go to Harajuku! Also available at many food courts images

Go to Harajuku! Also available at many food courts

When you say crepe in Japan, it's basically a type of sweets or desserts. Crepe itself is not much different from ones in other countries, but its fillings are whip cream, ice cream, chocolate, fruit... so sweet and wild.They are originally from Harajuku, Tokyo, and you can easily find them in …(86 words)

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ToshiA

Eating soba noodles- the original Japanese fast food. images

Eating soba noodles- the original Japanese fast food.

There are 3 basic noodle varieties available all year long in Japan: soba, udon or ramen. Also there's a fourth- somen noodles-- thin strands eaten cold with ice in the summer only.Soba are noodles made with buckwheat, slightly healthier than the enriched flour in the other noodles offerings.…(161 words)

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Please try Japanese noodle 'Soba' after Akihabara Electric Town images

Please try Japanese noodle 'Soba' after Akihabara Electric Town

Kanda Yabu Soba was more than just a noodle restaurant, it was a tangible connection to the city's past, to a way of living that evolved centuries back in the narrow crowded streets of Edo. http://tokyofood.blog128.fc2.com/blog-entry-17.html(42 words)

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Mayu

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

Soumen images

Soumen

I am not sure this quite qualifies as a "power food" but I love cold soumen noodles dipped in a chilled "tsuyu" soup when its hot outside. The salty/sour soup is great when you have been sweating all day! Order a portion of edamame or soy beans in the pod with it for some real nutrition-and wash do…(64 words)

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Scandi-La

Tachigui soba tip: Korokke Soba images

Tachigui soba tip: Korokke Soba

At a stand up style Soba places, "korokke soba" is reccommended. It is soba in warm broth with deep fried potato croquette on top. How simple is that:) Price range is somewhere around 300 Yen per dish and it is apparently Tokyo original!(42 words)

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lenamum

Tokyo Ale : Made By Tokyo Brewing Company images

Tokyo Ale : Made By Tokyo Brewing Company

Tokyo original craft beer company. You can buy their beer selections at Tokyo Brewing Company in Takanawa, Minato-ku. http://www.tokyo-ale.com/ Or you can taste their ranges at the venue in Roppongi called, "Super Deluxe" http://www.tokyo-ale.com/My recommendation is "soba ale" :) Soothing and…(49 words)

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lenamum

DEN Rokuen-Tei in Shibuya is so nice!! images

DEN Rokuen-Tei in Shibuya is so nice!!

I would like to recommend DEN Rokuen-Tei in Shibuya. They have a beautiful terrace as well as great foods. They offer a variety of dishes with chicken and seafood. http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13009926/(35 words)

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ErinoO

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

breaking Waribashi so quietly images

breaking Waribashi so quietly

Waribashi (割り箸) are those wooden chopsticks that you need to break apart.Some people rub Waribashi together when they break them apart, but this is considered as a bad manner. Please use them without doing so. Also, in Japan, "Waru (break apart)" is considered as bad luck. So, when you break …(67 words)

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ErinoO

No hangovers! images

No hangovers!

A known fact to people who live in Japan: a night of drinking sake will not leave you hungover. You'll no doubt be tired the next morning as you probably would only have gotten about 2 hours of sleep before needing to wake up and go to work, but no headache and no stomachache!Enjoy!(54 words)

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The Landlord

Sushi is for fingers too images

Sushi is for fingers too

It's perfectly fine to use your fingers to eat sushi (actually it's the preferred way). Always remember...that if you dip your sushi in soy sauce...it's the fish and only the fish (never ever the rice...not even a drop)...and it's always the fish that touches your tongue first :)(51 words)

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Erick

Conveyor Belt Sushi would tend to be less fresh images

Conveyor Belt Sushi would tend to be less fresh

Logically speaking, given the fact that sushi will stay on the conveyor belt until it is partaken to be consumed, it can be slightly less fresh as if it hasn't been covered, it has been exposed to the air.In conveyor belt style restaurants, you can normally always ask the sushi chefs for specia…(63 words)

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Steve

Wasabi images

Wasabi

First, the correct way to pronounce wasabi is by putting the strongest emphasis on the "wa" and not the "sa" - WA-sa-bi, not wa-SAH-bi.Wasabi is often referred to as Japanese horseradish. It is actually of a family of plants that includes, not only horseradish, but cabbage and mustard. Its fl…(208 words)

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mikekato

Shochu and Awamori images

Shochu and Awamori

Shochu - which is typically distilled from either rice, sweet potatoes, brown sugar or barley.Awamori - distilled from Thai rice, from Okinawa.(23 words)

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Steve

Travel north in winter, travel south in summer for sushi images

Travel north in winter, travel south in summer for sushi

My experience of sushi and if you get to travel around, as I used to a lot, was Hokkaido, Aomori, the fish is amazing in winter. Similarly, Fukuoka, and Shikoku some pretty fine sushi can be had during the summer.(40 words)

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Steve

Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider images

Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider

Swan Lake, based in Niigata has a range of genuinely good beers, which have won awards. The brewery is well worth a visit and there is a bar called Bar Pub Edo, the Yaesu side of Tokyo station devoted to Swan Lake.Aqula from Akita; I have never had a bad beer from there.A particular favouri…(99 words)

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Steve

Get your caffeine fix in Japan images

Get your caffeine fix in Japan

Get your caffeine fix in JapanCoffee - the sort that is ready to drink - is available all over Japan. If you're a Starbucks fan you'll find shops in most major cities and even a few drive-throughs along the roads.Then there's Tully's and even a branch or so of Seattle's Best. Doutor is a lo…(232 words)

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Joe Peters

Wasabi images

Wasabi

Have you tried fresh wasabi? To me, wasabi is a type of art, defines and type of essence of Japan. I am not talking about the green paste or stuff that comes in a tube or packet with your obento, or at the kaiten sushi. If you can, please try to experience real, freshly grated wasabi. This is a…(137 words)

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Yobochusha

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Party because of marketing efforts

High ball is a drink mainly consisting of whisky and soda mostly served in rather tall and big glass. In Japanese market, consumption of hard liquor, like whisky have been on the constant decline over the last couple of decades while beer and Chu-hi have been continuously gaining popularity. In ord…(136 words)

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taro

Can Coffee images

Can Coffee

Coffee, anywhere and everywhere, to get you through another day in Tokyo. It's very rare however to see someone walking around with a coffee cup with a lid, such as one you may get at a coffee shop. There is no shortage however of coffee in small aluminum cans that can be bought at basically an…(132 words)

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KurtisW

Quick, filling meals in Tokyo images

Quick, filling meals in Tokyo

Onigiri from department stores, Soba/Udon from stand-up mini-restaurants, Curry (japanese style) shops are some of best alternatives for quick meal. For those looking for a quick meal while working simultaneously, coffee shops (Doutors, Starbucks, Excelsior, Tully) offer sandwiches and wraps.(41 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Green tea mixed with incense images

Green tea mixed with incense

This is a smell that I will always associate with Kyoto, in particular the little alleyways around Kiyomizu-dera and Kodai-ji, where there are dozens of tiny shops selling trinkets and snacks. The slightly bitter smell of the steaming tea mixes perfectly with incense. It's a smell you can also find…(63 words)

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lrnelson

Current Price or Flat/Explicit pricing depending on Sushi place images

Current Price or Flat/Explicit pricing depending on Sushi place

If you go to high-end sushi bars, do not expect any kind of price list or menu. You are supposed to know what fish is in season and roughly how much they go at the market price. It is one of the most thrilling moment in life to say "Check please!" in those high-end sushi bars. Of course you can ask…(137 words)

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taro

Nishiazabu Roppngi Area images

Nishiazabu Roppngi Area

My favorite bar in Tokyo is Ohana in Nishiazabu.https://www.facebook.com/nishiazabuohanahttp://ohana.8dori.jp(18 words)

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Lui Nishiazabu

Tempura images

Tempura

My favourite Japanese fried food is called "Tempura" and it is a dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried in around 180 degrees (Celsius) oil. When you see the chef preparing the meal, it looks very easy but it is an art and to make this meal is not so simple. When it co…(172 words)

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AustinA

Ascidiacea (Hoya) images

Ascidiacea (Hoya)

Hoya is a one of popular nibbles for drinks. Looks disgusting, however it is good for sake drinking.(18 words)

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Mari

"Uni" Sea urchin & "Horumon" guts images

"Uni" Sea urchin & "Horumon" guts

Considered delicacies (urchin) & eco-soul food (guts) these two get extreme reactions from dai-fans (big fans) who cant believe you wont try it, to those who can't stand sitting next to someone eating it! I've tried both & fall into the latter group of avoiders - uni tastes like dirty socks & the…(77 words)

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jjwalsh

La Boheme Italian restaurant images

La Boheme Italian restaurant

When people think of Japan, they usually don't think of Japan for Italian food. However, I have found that Tokyo has excellent Italian food at reasonable prices. La Boheme is one Italian restaurant chain that you can always count on for great food and excellent service. From pizza to pasta and b…(63 words)

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Kevin

MIKAN and wine is a good match images

MIKAN and wine is a good match

The traditional image of a Japanese home during the winter.People all over Japan have a stack of Mikan on the table during the winter.Have you heard of a Kotatu?There is a small heater under the table and a large blanket that covers the corners of the table to keep the heat inside.Since…(114 words)

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Yuuki I

mosquito repellent incense images

mosquito repellent incense

The Japanese name is KATORI-SENKOI am living on the 39th floor of a building and there is not much mosquito there up my place. I think it is because there is no tree so high. The only one we found climbed up with the elevators.But the smell of katori senko is so nice and so reminiscent …(115 words)

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Claire

S'ki - of the yaki variety images

S'ki - of the yaki variety

Many people overseas have heard the "Sukiyaki Song" which of course, had a very different title in Japanese. But the real sukiyaki is a tasty dish.Many have heard of, or may have tried some version of, sukiyaki. It's a popular and well known dish consisting of beef (usually), mushrooms, other v…(297 words)

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Joe Peters

Sushi Jiro.... images

Sushi Jiro....

I have eaten there once. It was very hard to make reservation I heard from the friend who did for us.Inside is not as lively as you would expect from the most of Sushi place. There is not much to choose from menu - just "Omakase" meaning you don't have a choice. I always ask for "Omakase" be…(312 words)

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KIH

For a fancy and healthy teishoku images

For a fancy and healthy teishoku

Recently, I ate at a cute, fancy restaurant near Shibuya and Omotesando station and the UN University, called PARIYA. As this is catered towards women as well as business-people, they offer take-out as well as a sitting-area with a fancy, relaxing atmosphere. When you go in, you can choose amon…(156 words)

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RieS

An easy-to-understand video on how to use chopsticks images

An easy-to-understand video on how to use chopsticks

I came across this video on YouTube while I was trying to explain a friend of mine how to use chopsticks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK60ApqvKUsIt's easy-to-follow and also tells you what you're not allowed to do when you're eating with chopsticks, like stabbing your food.I recommend …(82 words)

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marinyan