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"Jibie" Cuisine in Okayama images

"Jibie" Cuisine in Okayama

A trend utilizing wild game, specifically wild boar meat, is sweeping Okayama Prefecture. Known as "jibie" (ジビエ)in Japanese, the word is derived from the French "gibier" and simply means "wild game".Although I am generally very adventurous when it comes to trying new food, I have never rea…(280 words)

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Andrea Miyata

A Unique Experience of Chinese Cuisine for the Japanese Palate at Ginza Aster images

A Unique Experience of Chinese Cuisine for the Japanese Palate at Ginza Aster

Last week I was lucky enough to have lunch at Ginza Aster with a couple of friends. I had not been there before although I had heard that it was a quite a classy establishment and had walked past many times when walking around in Ginza so I knew of it and always wanted to try eating there. The…(404 words)

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Skipjack Tuna (Katsuo) in Japanese cuisine images

Skipjack Tuna (Katsuo) in Japanese cuisine

Skipjack tuna is used extensively in Japanese cuisine, where it is known as katsuo. It is smoked and dried to make katsuobushi, the central ingredient in dashi(=a common Japanese fish stock).Besides being used as katsuobushi, it can be eaten seared (katsuo tataki) and raw in sushi and sashimi. As…(69 words)

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OKAKI-sun

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Well-Measured Success

It wasn't so long ago that most staple products were purchased in Japan in bulk. The grocer, dry goods shop, or other shopkeeper had a scale, upon which he measured any amount that his customer wanted to purchase. The item would be put into a container, usually one that the customer brought to th…(689 words)

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mikekato

Start Your Deeper Sushi Education images

Start Your Deeper Sushi Education

Sushi. One of life’s little delicious pleasures. Say the word and images of towers of empty plates at kaiten (“conveyer belt”) sushi shops spring to mind. The food is so popular that the once only-in-Japan item can now be found around the world in nearly every supermarket’s take-away section.If…(346 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987 images

“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987

Do you like Japanese beers? Yes, they’re light, fine and refreshing. I love them! But sometimes, I feel like having something different, like Belgian beers. In Tokyo, you can find bars offering Belgian beers, more easily than before. So, you might know what kind of taste they are. How about Belgian…(480 words)

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YumikoH

Know your Receipts in Japan! images

Know your Receipts in Japan!

Are you in Japan on business and working with a Japanese firm? Will you be taking your clients out for a meal?Recently I have been doing some consulting work for one of Japan’s eminent Chinese cuisine restaurants, Ginza Aster, and I learned that many of the international clients are confused by t…(1173 words)

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SinKaya: Shibuya's Heavenly Secret images

SinKaya: Shibuya's Heavenly Secret

Shibuya's Dogenzaka has a reputation for its seedier side, albeit safe for those adventurous enough to wander its streets. One of its oldest areas, called Hyakkendana ("100 Shops"), is usually shunned by tourists and only ever used as a short-cut for locals.And it's exactly that reason why SinK…(336 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

A Pepper By Any Other Name Would Taste As Sweet images

A Pepper By Any Other Name Would Taste As Sweet

Someone asked me a question recently; one, that if you’ve lived in Japan long enough, have surely asked yourself: “Why do the Japanese call green bell peppers ‘piman’ and the red and yellow and orange ones ‘papurika’?”For me, answer the question was confusing on a few levels, seeing as how I, h…(381 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Have you Heard of Water Shield? It's a Vegetable and No, I haven’t Heard of it Either. images

Have you Heard of Water Shield? It's a Vegetable and No, I haven’t Heard of it Either.

In Japan, this vegetable is called “Junsai” and I remember seeing it in my local supermarket, wondering what it was, and then moving on to the more familiar Nori or seaweed area as usual. This is something I do often, and learn to regret when a new menu translation comes down the pipeline to my des…(541 words)

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Enjoying Indian Masala Tea aka `Chai` in Japan images

Enjoying Indian Masala Tea aka `Chai` in Japan

Since my teen years I am a big fan of Indian tea aka 'Masala Tea' aka 'Chai'. Chai comes in several variants such as 1) Masala Tea (milk tea with flavored spices, these are different spices than the ones used in Indian curry), or 2) Ginger Tea (raw or minced ginger paste added in small quantity whi…(466 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Kusatsu Onsen (Hot Springs), relaxation Japanese style images

Kusatsu Onsen (Hot Springs), relaxation Japanese style

Going to hot springs in Japan is high on the list of great things to do and is a fantastic way to calm the nerves and get refreshed. Few things are as an authentic Japanese experience as going to a Japanese hot spring and enjoying the local Japanese cuisine and accommodations. Amongst hot springs, …(338 words)

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Authentic Italian Napoli Pizza in Yokohama images

Authentic Italian Napoli Pizza in Yokohama

Finding a credible pizzeria in Japan can sometimes seem impossible, but if you’re in Yokohama, all you need to do is make your way to Bashamichi's Pizzeria La casa di Nonno.La casa di Nonno is the real deal. It's as authentic as you can get without having to make the trip overseas (the cook act…(347 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

The Perfect Birthday Dinner at Antonio’s, Minami-Aoyama, Japan images

The Perfect Birthday Dinner at Antonio’s, Minami-Aoyama, Japan

For my mother’s Birthday last night, my sister and I decided to treat her to a special dinner at Japan’s oldest Italian restaurant, Antonio’s. We couldn’t have left more satisfied, a truly five-star experience. Antonio’s was originally established in 1944 by Mr. Antonio who was a chef for the I…(259 words)

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This is not just a dumpling; This is GYOZA -a perfect guide to eating gyoza in Japan- images

This is not just a dumpling; This is GYOZA -a perfect guide to eating gyoza in Japan-

'Is it really Japanese food?' 'Yeah Probably.' 'Or is it perhaps Chinese food?' 'Maybe, Yeah' Gyoza is one of the most widely eaten cuisines in Japan. Basic gyoza consists of pork meat and some vegetables as filling and are wrapped into a dough. The feature of gyoza is lovely frilly edges o…(712 words)

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Taka Saito

Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya images

Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya

If you are looking for tasty small plates of great japanese food that goes well with sake, beer and wine- but you don't want a low end chain or a disney-fake experience- check out KINSAI in nakameguro. The food is always great, and there is a good seasonal variety I especially recommended gri…(88 words)

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LShannon

Gorgeous and Exotic "Pontocho" in Kyoto! images

Gorgeous and Exotic "Pontocho" in Kyoto!

At night, Kamogawa riverside is turned to be the scenic site well-known for its gorgeous Pontocho in Kyoto! I used to take my friends visiting Kyoto to Pontocho without fail. I just love their atmosphere - the traditional lantern lights in their narrow street are really exotic. Summer is here …(257 words)

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EmiOnishi

A Cozy Tavern in Shibuya, offering Local Cuisine of the Mt. Fuji Region. images

A Cozy Tavern in Shibuya, offering Local Cuisine of the Mt. Fuji Region.

Shibuya is known as an exciting town, a center of the latest culture. This city attracts both young and old.This reputation for new and cutting edge is perfectly true, but the other side of Shibuya is historical and retro. A small town with a never-changing atmosphere, people and stores thrives…(566 words)

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Hagi

Wine and Dine - Ninja Style! images

Wine and Dine - Ninja Style!

I'm usually averse to theme-restaurants, especially the more obviously themed ones, but Ninja Kyoto Restaurant and Labyrinth in - where else - Kyoto has been put on my top-ten list of must visits while in the city.The venue is actually three different shops. There's Dining Theater Ninja, a "the…(475 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #3 Pizzeria LaBefena images

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #3 Pizzeria LaBefena

From the outside of Pizzeria LaBefena it would be understandable if you saw it as no more than any other small one man operation selling Italian~Japanese style catering to the taste of the local market. but once you take a few steps to the door you enter into a restaurant where you know immediately…(495 words)

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Andrew Grimes

Prefectural “Antenna shops” in Tokyo images

Prefectural “Antenna shops” in Tokyo

Specialties shops called “Antenna shops” in Japanese sell local foods and goods of different prefectures or cities in Japan in order to introduce their special products and promote tourism. The variety of items at the shops include seasonings, fresh vegetables and fruits, sake, rice, noodles, hand…(181 words)

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Takae

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

Casual Waterfront Lunch or Dinner in Yokohama images

Casual Waterfront Lunch or Dinner in Yokohama

Babel Bayside Kitchen is a craft beer and wine charcoal grill located in Yokohama Station's Bay Quarter (SOGO side). They've been serving delicious foods and drinks to all types of customers since April, 2013.In addition to their wonderful dishes, Babel Bayside Kitchen also boasts a prime water…(262 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Viron is a Patisserie French Jewel in Shibuya, Japan images

Viron is a Patisserie French Jewel in Shibuya, Japan

You know a Patisserie is good when you stumble upon an elegant French couple staring intently at their handheld GPS trying to make out how to get there for breakfast. Viron in the upper reaches of Shibuya just in front of the Tokyu Department Store Honten and Bunkamura is my favorite haunt for …(609 words)

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Kyoto - City of...Falafel? images

Kyoto - City of...Falafel?

Falafel Garden has been a staple hangout for Kyoto locals since 2004. I was first taken there (by a Kyoto local) two years ago, only to be - like everyone else who's been there - completely astounded by one of the best falafels I have ever eaten. The food at Falafel Garden is made with "organic…(280 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

The Absolute Best Burritos in Japan: Cactus Burrito images

The Absolute Best Burritos in Japan: Cactus Burrito

Cactus Burrito offers California "San Diego-style" burritos like no one else in Japan. They’re located just a few minutes’ walk from Musashi-Shinjō Station on the JR Nanbu Line in Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki.Their shop is tiny, but their menu is impressive. In addition to the regular assortment of Mex…(269 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Cantonese Cuisine Restaurant, Ryusenkaku in Yokohama Chinatown images

Cantonese Cuisine Restaurant, Ryusenkaku in Yokohama Chinatown

Ryusenkaku is a very popular restaurant which local workers in Chinatown visit repeatly. It's a tiny restaurant, but their food is undoubtedly good. Fresh, hot and well cooked. Especially, their fried noodle with various vegetables, seafood, and meat is fabulous. It's elaborately prepared food with…(183 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Molecular Gastronomy at Mandarin Oriental images

Molecular Gastronomy at Mandarin Oriental

For those who have never been to Japan before, when someone mentions the island nation, many preconceived perceptions may come to mind. Stories of a land that is technologically advanced and driven filled with striking trends and exotic fare are what often come to mind. This perception is also like…(278 words)

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Alex

Yokohama's Best BBQ and Beer images

Yokohama's Best BBQ and Beer

Bashamichi Taproom is now celebrating their 4th year of serving locals and guests some of the most amazing authentic American-style barbecue and first rate craft beer. The restaurant, located in an area filled with jazz bars, coffee shops, and an exciting night life, has three floors, and is actual…(215 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Mikasa Kaikan, quality libations & comestibles in the hart of Ginza images

Mikasa Kaikan, quality libations & comestibles in the hart of Ginza

Quality and connivence in Ginza, Mikasa Kaikan has a lot to offer. Located half a block back from Harumi Dori and 3.5 blocks from the famous Ginza 4 - Chome intersection, it's close to Ginza's high energy central shopping area, easy to find and serene all at the same time.Meet up with friends a…(216 words)

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Unknown but, worth visiting area, Lake Hamana images

Unknown but, worth visiting area, Lake Hamana

Those of you who have an experience of taking Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka or Kyoto probably noticed Shinkansen passes over the lake after one and a half hour ride.The lake is called Hamana and is 10th largest lake in Japan.It used be a fresh water lake nearby Pacific Ocean but, the bank that…(97 words)

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kazmcqueen

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

"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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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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For the Rice Lovers: Furikake! images

For the Rice Lovers: Furikake!

I love Japanese white rice. Rice is an essential part of Japanese culture and is consumed by Japanese households on a daily bases. Although there are much variety to Japanese cuisine, personally, I believe that rice is always the main dish and everything else are just side dishes. Of course, having…(253 words)

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Natalie

Cinco De Mayo campaign at Hard Rock Cafe images

Cinco De Mayo campaign at Hard Rock Cafe

You can enjoy Tex-Mex cuisine at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo. They have "Cinco De Mayo" limited time menu from May 1st to 31st. Chimichanga is served with fried rice and black beans. You can also enjoy Cinco De Mayo special drink, Casa Noble Rita and non alcohol Orange crush. They also have limited num…(78 words)

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shinR

Sashimi vs. Sushi images

Sashimi vs. Sushi

Sashimi is a Japanese cuisine of fresh raw fish sliced into thin pieces. Sushi is a Japanese traditional food where you put a sliced raw fish on top of cooked vinegared rice (Su-meshi). A little bit of Wasabi would taste great on the Su-Meshi.“Su-Meshi” can be cooked at home easily. You can buy…(331 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Beat the Japanese Heat with "Chilled Chinese" images

Beat the Japanese Heat with "Chilled Chinese"

Looking for a quick, light, satisfying lunch that will also refresh you during these muggy rainy season months? Do what the Japanese do, then: eat Chinese. Chilled Chinese, that is."Hiyashi chūka" (translation: "Chilled Chinese") is a Japanese dish consisting of chilled ramen noodles with vario…(189 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Coconoma Season Dining images

Coconoma Season Dining

I recently visited Roppongi for a day of museum hopping:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3738Before I got started, however, I stopped by Coconoma Season Dining for lunch. They're located in the chic Roppongi Hotel and Residence building in 1-chome, just a few minutes walk from Tokyo Metro's Roppong…(270 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Make Friends with Great Food at AMI in Ishikawacho images

Make Friends with Great Food at AMI in Ishikawacho

Ami is a wonderful Japanese-Euro fusion bistro that's located just around the corner from Ishikawacho Station. It’s a tiny, comfortably cozy place run by well-known local chef, Yasu. Bossa nova jazz-infused music fills the atmosphere; the interior is left intentionally sparse, so as not to distract…(151 words)

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