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Traditional Japanese Snacks Yokohama Style images

Traditional Japanese Snacks Yokohama Style

When you think of traditional Japanese snacks, senbei (rice crackers) surely comes to mind. But have you heard of "arare"? Arare are bite-sized Japanese crackers made - like their senbei cousins - from glutinous rice and flavored with soy sauce. The size and shapes are what distinguish arare from s…(300 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Cook okonomiyaki like a pro!!! images

Cook okonomiyaki like a pro!!!

The first step is to mix the okonomiyaki well, so that you have a gloopy mixture of the mix and toppings. Then, pour the mixture on to the pan and create a circular shape that is about two centimeters thick. You don't want it to be too big, because then it will be difficult to flip. The maximum siz…(176 words)

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RieS

Hot Vending Machines images

Hot Vending Machines

Any visitor to Japan will immediately see that there are vending machines of all kinds everywhere. Not just sodas, but beer, cigarettes, batteries, condoms, and, especially, coffee. Canned coffees are everywhere.But a visitor who travels on the highway is certain to find among the Coca Cola, …(282 words)

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mikekato

Bentos from 7-11, Ito Yokado, OK stores images

Bentos from 7-11, Ito Yokado, OK stores

'Bento' is a take-out meal for lunch or dinner available in all parts across Japan. Although traditional bento contains rice, meat, fish and japanese pickles, it has evolved into various types, proportions and cuisines. You can find bentos serving other cuisines such as Italian, Chinese, Indian, et…(142 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Jain, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian? Welcome to Swagat Tokyo! images

Jain, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian? Welcome to Swagat Tokyo!

If you are here in Japan and have some specific food choices/requirements like vegetarian, vegan, Jain food, or Halal food due to health or religious reasons, the prospect of visiting and staying a while in Tokyo or greater Japan for business or personal reason can be daunting.Forget that conce…(369 words)

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suku

Izakaya: An Insider's Perspective images

Izakaya: An Insider's Perspective

It can be a little difficult to explain the concept of an “izakaya” in English. They are likened to pubs or bars, essentially being establishments focused on serving alcoholic drinks. However, that’s not all there is to an izakaya. As a former izakaya waitress, I'd like to debunk a few common misco…(591 words)

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Sakura

Japanese sweets : “Monaka” images

Japanese sweets : “Monaka”

One of the most popular sweets among Japanese people is “Monaka”, which is made of rice (glutinous rice). Glutinous rice is kneaded and spread into a thin layer. It becomes a skin of monaka and bean jam will be put inside. The name of “Monaka” is said to have come from that they look like a full mo…(99 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Tokyo Izakaya for Sashimi and Seafood images

Tokyo Izakaya for Sashimi and Seafood

Izakaya are Japanese style pubs, great places to meet and have drinks. Many izakaya also serve excellent food. Try having a few drinks while you sample some popular izakaya foods. If you like fish and seafood, you should try one of the Isomaru Suisan 磯丸水産 izakaya. Isomaru is a seafood speci…(287 words)

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David

Anpan Specialist Bakery in Asakusa Tokyo images

Anpan Specialist Bakery in Asakusa Tokyo

If you like Japanese sweets, there is a cute Japanese bakery in Asakusa that you should not miss. This bakery specialises in Anpan, soft bread filled with sweet bean paste. A great variety of Anpan is available at the An Desu store (あんですMATOBA). There is the regular anpan with red bean anko…(296 words)

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David

Hot, Fresh Coffee On The Go! images

Hot, Fresh Coffee On The Go!

Make no mistake. If you love coffee, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world. As it is with so many other types of food and drink, you can find just about anything your caffeine-craving soul could want here. Tokyo's love affair with coffee started after the end of World War II, when the G…(808 words)

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jdlawrence

Manchinro Honten: My Five star restaurant in Yokohama Chinatown images

Manchinro Honten: My Five star restaurant in Yokohama Chinatown

It is the grandest and most lavish looking Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. They have 400 kinds of menu out of around 2,000 Cantonese dishes. I would say they are definitely one of the Five Star restaurants in terms of gorgeous atmosphere, deliciousness and professional staff serving skills. Th…(234 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Have you Heard of Hayama Gyu Japanese Beef? images

Have you Heard of Hayama Gyu Japanese Beef?

Just a few days ago, I had an opportunity to visit one of the best “Wagyu Cattle Ranches” in Japan, which is located in the city of Hayama, less than 2 hours train/ bus ride from Tokyo. The ranch is surrounded by serene nature, it lies among a combination of bamboo, cedar forest, a stream and many …(739 words)

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AustinA

Menu Translation in Japan, What a Great Job! images

Menu Translation in Japan, What a Great Job!

I feel very lucky that part of my job is Japanese to English menu translation. Do you know how many little jewels lie silent on that Japanese menu in front of you every time you enter a soba, tempura or tonkatsu restaurant in Japan? Ahhh! Yes, that is right, most people visiting Japan have heard of…(969 words)

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Once Only Space and Survival Foods Now Convenience Store Snacks images

Once Only Space and Survival Foods Now Convenience Store Snacks

According to a well-written article on the subject, "freeze-drying technology was originally developed for the production of medicine and is probably best-known among consumers for its use in instant coffee. But the concept of selling individual, freeze-dried blocks of food, from which a full meal …(316 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Beware of a hangover images

Beware of a hangover

Happoshu, for all intents and purposes, is cheaper beer; or more specifically, "beer flavored malt beverage". Taxes on beer are somewhat high in Japan, and many are not willing to pay around 3$ U.S for a pint of beer even in a can. The solution is Happoshu, imitation beers that have as many varieti…(146 words)

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KurtisW

Yakitori; Grilled Chicken that Sake Lovers Can’t Drink Without. images

Yakitori; Grilled Chicken that Sake Lovers Can’t Drink Without.

Just like Londoners enjoying fish and chips with pints of beer at the pub, yakitori(焼き鳥, やきとり) or skewed chicken barbecue, is an essential delicacy for beer or sake here in Japan. You can easily find yakitori on izakaya menus everywhere in Tokyo, but I would like to recommend you visit a few…(256 words)

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Hagi

Yatai Foods: Savory Treats on a Stick images

Yatai Foods: Savory Treats on a Stick

Japan has many different festivals - matsuri - throughout the year and no festival is complete without food from yatai food stalls (屋台). Yatai sell sweet and savory foods and a lot of that is food on a stick.Ayu - あゆ: This small fish is very popular in Japan and is served both grilled on a …(232 words)

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David

Japan's Special Soft Drink Flavors images

Japan's Special Soft Drink Flavors

Ever since coming to Japan I've visited convenience stores regularly, not only cause its convenient of course, but because of all the seasonal special drinks they offer. I've had Fanta plenty of times in America, but the flavors were always orange or grape. As soon as I got off the plane here I was…(314 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

DEFINITELY eat at Ginza Isomura! images

DEFINITELY eat at Ginza Isomura!

One of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Japan is called Ginza Isomura; there is one in Ginza and two in Kannai/Bashamichi. They are famous for their kushiage, which are fresh meat, fish or vegetables deep fried on a stick. However, it is not as heavy as you may think! I love going for lunches, b…(115 words)

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RieS

The smell of YUZU images

The smell of YUZU

Yuzu is a fruit I have never found anywhere else. It is a kind of hybrid between a mandarine and a lemon, and has a very small dimensions. It smells great, just in the middle of a mandarine, a lemon and oregano.You can use yuzu in many ways, all of them for its aroma:- as a juice in a…(110 words)

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Claire

Nigori-zake, thick like milk images

Nigori-zake, thick like milk

Sake, made from rice, comes in all grades and qualities, usually hanging around the 12% alcohol range. One type however, is a bit unique, and also has a higher alcohol content: Nigori-zake.This is unfiltered sake. If you have ever washed white rice before cooking it, you have seen a thick almos…(102 words)

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KurtisW

Setsubun - Ehomaki culture images

Setsubun - Ehomaki culture

"Setsubun" is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan and it's on February 3rd every year. A long sushi roll is eaten on the night of Setsubun while facing toward the year's "lucky" direction. This custom originally started in the Kansai area. With your eyes closed, we wish for perfect …(184 words)

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EmiOnishi

Izakaya Okajoki in Nakano images

Izakaya Okajoki in Nakano

We've been to Okajoki a few times with friends. We've sat at the counter - okay if just a couple of you; and we've had a private room - better for groups.The food is typical Izakaya food and they have a good variety of drinks.Prices are reasonable. Service is good.Getting there: take …(119 words)

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Joe Peters

Piss Alley images

Piss Alley

Do you love yakitori? Then you should definitely check out the charmingly nicknamed “Piss Alley” in Shinjuku. Loads of small Japanese restaurants serving delicious street food. Most restaurants only with room for 6-10 guests. Some accepting foreigners, others shaking their head saying “only in Japa…(150 words)

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Emelie Fågelstedt

“Sushi Zanmai” in Yokohama Chinatown (Open 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m.) images

“Sushi Zanmai” in Yokohama Chinatown (Open 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m.)

I would like to highly recommend Sushi Zanmai Yokohama Chinatown branch with the following reasons. (1) English menu is available.(2) You can order by piece. Simple billing!(3) Their Sushi Chef, Mr. Mashima (please call him Mathie) is the best! He has been constant in his devotion to le…(226 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Self-Pouring Beer Machines images

Self-Pouring Beer Machines

You may have noticed in your local ramen shop or corner eatery the little automated machine in the back that is pouring beer into mugs like soda gets filled into different cup sizes in a McDonalds. One stark difference in these custom machines is that these machines actually tilt back and forth as …(266 words)

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Alex

Tsukemen Ramen Shop & Noodle Maker in Asakusa Tokyo images

Tsukemen Ramen Shop & Noodle Maker in Asakusa Tokyo

This is Tsukemen Kobo Asakusa Seimenjo, a Japanese ramen shop that makes their own fresh noodles and specializes in tsukemen. Take a look at the tiny noodle factory near the entrance. If you are lucky, you can see the staff making fresh ramen noodles. They make three types of noodles here: reg…(360 words)

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David

Kobe Beef: The Caviar of Meat images

Kobe Beef: The Caviar of Meat

Everyone has heard about Kobe beef at least once while venturing out to their favorite steak restaurant. It’s definitely one of the best you can find in Japan. If you are a meat lover, you know it’s considered the epitome of fine dining.But what is, exactly, Kobe beef, and how is it prepared? W…(252 words)

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Japanista

Omochi kaeri is the word. images

Omochi kaeri is the word.

As you order, it is appropriate to ask if they do"omochi kaeri"(take out ). For examples, "Omochi Kaeri Deki math ka?"( Can you do take out meal ? ) . Then start order foods like "sushi set, kudasai." it is appropriate to memories your address or phone number in Japanese, too. FYR: theres no tippin…(71 words)

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lenamum

All You Can Drink in Japan! images

All You Can Drink in Japan!

When having a party at any izakaya (Japanese pub), a common option to choose is the nomihoudai (all you can drink) option. I never thought this was unique to Japan until my foreigner friends told me they had never had an all you can drink option. If you choose to do nomihoudai, you will be able to …(260 words)

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GenS

Winter Fruit: Strawberries! images

Winter Fruit: Strawberries!

Best Winter Fruit: Strawberries!The strawberries that are grown in Japan are different varieties than those grown in my home country (U.S.A) and are super large and super sweet! Whereas American strawberries are grown in fields, Japanese strawberries are grown in elevated beds in vinyl greenhou…(221 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Yatsuhashi images

Yatsuhashi

If you get a chance to visit Kyoto, you can find Yatsuhashi here and there at almost every souvenir shops. It is one of the best known regional products of Kyoto. Growing up in Kansai, there was a time I got actually a bit tired of this too popular sweets as a kid, but now I sometimes feel like…(134 words)

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EmiOnishi

Yatai - Festival Food Stalls images

Yatai - Festival Food Stalls

There are a lot of matsuri - festivals - all over Japan especially in the summer. At the matsuri you can always find many kinds of yatai - food stalls. Even small local events have yatai, because the food is part of the festival. Yatai offer all sorts of fun yummy foods, both sweet and savoury. Ple…(126 words)

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David

Bakery & Table HAKONE images

Bakery & Table HAKONE

Great food, service and views!We happened to pass by this place and walked in. But it turned out to be excellent! We grabbed a couple of pastry with a bottle of milk and sat outside enjoying the view of the Ashi Lake. You can take off your shoes and socks at the outside table and soak your bare…(131 words)

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EmiOnishi

Kissaten: Lovely Retro Coffee Shops images

Kissaten: Lovely Retro Coffee Shops

Kissaten 喫茶店 is one of the words that appear in the early chapters of Japanese text books. Kissaten are coffee shops, but not of the chain variety. Most of these coffee shops are delightfully retro, unique, and atmospheric. A kissaten is the perfect place for taking a break from everyday busy ti…(298 words)

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David

Perfect for a Sweet Tooth images

Perfect for a Sweet Tooth

Kankontan, it seems, is a very famous pastry from Toyama Prefecture. It is made by a well known local patisserie, Fleur de Lis Blanc. Apparently, the patisserie is primarily of French persuasion, though it is one with a distinct Japanese taste.The Kanji characters for Kankontan reveal almost …(306 words)

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mikekato

Vegetarian/Vegan in Tokyo: Bento Bonanza! images

Vegetarian/Vegan in Tokyo: Bento Bonanza!

Unsurprising for an island nation, most of Japan's cuisine is laced with fish... including those incredibly appetizing bento you can see in convenience stores and department store delis.For strict vegetarians and vegans, this can be a bit trying. But no fear! The health food chain Natural House…(134 words)

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Chiara

Kyara-ben or chara-ben Culture images

Kyara-ben or chara-ben Culture

It is a shortened form of character bento. As Autumn is season for sports festivals in Japan, it comes up in our conversations between moms. Moms decorate homemade food to look like cute characters in order to make their kids happy and their lunches more appealing.If you’re interested in seeing…(222 words)

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EmiOnishi

Tea Time with a Little Monkey Magic! images

Tea Time with a Little Monkey Magic!

Many Yokohama residents are familiar with Monkey Magic Teahouse, the well-known tea restaurant with its attractive wooden interior and marvelous tea selection in the heart of Chinatown. But most don't know about its sister store, the comfortable, affordable Goku Tea Bar on an unassuming side street…(304 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Japan's First and Oldest Greek Restaurant images

Japan's First and Oldest Greek Restaurant

Sparta, located in Yoshidamachi, Yokohama, is Japan's first and oldest Greek restaurant - and quite arguably one of the country's best. Founded by Elias Skantos in 1953, it's now run by his disciple, chef Akutsu Yasuyuki, and his wife Yoko. Together, the two travel to Greece yearly to update their …(348 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer