Food

Toei Kyoto Studio Park: Experience The Thrilling World of Japanese Hollywood (Part 1)

2017-12-13 10:39

The Uzumasa area of Kyoto is often called the Hollywood of Japan. The otherwise unremarkable neighborhood is home to the Toei Studios Kyoto (TSK), famous for jidaigeki films, historical dramas often set during the Sengoku (1467-1603) or Edo (1603-1868) periods, and often featuring samurais engaging in chambara swordfighting action. First built in 1926 by the “king of samurai dramas” Tsumasaburo Bando, TSK is both an active movie studio with multitude of indoor studios and sound stages and a huge, 5.3 hectare open set which, since 1975, became a one-of-a-kind movie-themed amusement park called Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The open set used to film jidaigeki movies and TV shows is divided…


Japanese Stew Fused With Cheese Fondue Is The Highlight Of Gastropub’s Hearty Holiday Menu

2017-12-11 04:02

Somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya station, the area known as “Okushibu” continues to gain popularity for its more laid-back atmosphere, galleries and boutiques, fashionable concept restaurants and gastropubs. Outdoor Dish Grill & Wine Maruta, a trendy camping-themed gastropub which just opened this summer in the Udagawacho neighborhood with a log cabin-like interior and serving a variety of hearty Dutch oven-roasted dishes together with a full selection of beers and wine, has just announced a cheese-lover’s dream come true just in time for the holiday season. Source: © Socialwire Co. Ltd. From December 8th, 2017 to January 31st, 2018, Maruta’s special 12-dish holiday course meal with Raclette…


Scenic Kyoto Restaurant Bus Tour Puts Traditional Kyoto Restaurant On Wheels

2017-12-11 09:08

Food on the go is nothing new in Japan. Japanese train passengers, for example, have enjoyed delicious bento boxed lunches in trains from the earliest days of the railroad and there are even special trains offering an upscale Japanese dining experience such as the Kaiseki Train on the local Kominato Railway in Chiba Prefecture or, for the well-heeled traveler, even a virtual Japanese inn on rails complete with tatami-matted flooring and low tables in the Shiki-Shima ultra-luxury train suite. However, for travelers who want to explore the most beautiful destinations of a Japanese city while also enjoying fine Japanese cuisine, there haven’t been any options save renting a mobile home…


On Your Next Visit To Tokyo, You Can Get Certified in Japanese Culinary Art In Half A Day

2017-12-08 04:04

Ever since washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013, global interest in the unique culinary arts of Japan has grown. Visitors to Japan are increasingly eager to seek out authentic food experiences and, in response, services catering to their needs are springing up rapidly in major urban centers such as Tokyo and Osaka. For the most part, these services have involved restaurants translating menus or allowing visitors to make reservations in English or other languages. Some tours geared toward foreigners tourists may provide cursory explanations on culinary culture and table manners, perhaps even a word or two on the aesthetics of food presentation,…


Eat Authentic Japanese Food at Under $5 Per Meal at Chain Restaurants

2017-12-07 05:17

Travelling usually results in eating out for every meal which can be a shock to your bank balance. Tourists are enthusiastic to sample authentic Japanese food making them easy prey for overpriced tourist traps. For this reason, chain restaurants can be a haven for financially challenged travellers. While ideally you would dine on the finest cuisine three times a day, there isn’t usually enough time or money. In Japanese chain restaurants, you can often get a full meal for 500 yen (that’s about $5). Many of these restaurants also provide free, unlimited green tea so you don’t have to worry about buying a drink. @kuu75kkがシェアした投稿 – 2017 12月 5 5:14午後…


New Umami-Themed Pour-Over Style Dashi Bar Gives Rich And Relaxing Alternative To Coffee

2017-12-07 01:45

For brew-lovers, sometimes finding a quality cup of coffee in Japan requires sifting through more sensationalist options like canned Coca-Cola coffee and perhaps the prettiest Starbucks in the world, but those who commit to the search can be rewarded with a coffee culture that has boomed to provide a lot of quality options. Many cafes cater to what might be Japan’s favorite way to enjoy coffee, however, in the form of pour-over-drip-coffee, popularized by its controlled and measured expansion of flavor. The pour-over method has recently been applied outside the coffee world in Japan, even with curry rice. Now a recently opened Tokyo “cafe” is hoping to break into the…


Sailor Moon Café 2017 is Back For an Encore in December

2017-12-07 01:44

The Sailor Moon themed cafés that opened in select areas of Japan last September were predictably popular. For those who missed out last time, the pop-up café and merchandise store are back for a limited time only. Source: Fashion Press Although the earlier incarnation was opened in four different locations, this time around only Yurakucho in Tokyo will be making the magical girl transformation, into Sailor Moon Café 2017 Encore. It seems some items on the menu won’t be returning such as the Luna and Artemis Burgers. However, brand new items are making an appearance: Haruka and Michiru’s Forbidden Pancakes Source: Fashion Press Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive Soda Source: Fashion…


Late Night Tokyo Food Stand Sells Traditionally Wrapped “Sushi Box” Sublime Kit Kats

2017-12-06 10:00

You may be familiar with the myriad of adventurous and sometimes intimidating Kit Kat flavors of Japan (which can beautifully be re-imagined as anime characters, by the way), but it’s Nestle Japan’s high-end Chocolatory stores where you can find “luxury” flavor options made from premium ingredients. In the past they’ve offered Kit Kat sushi, liquid-nitrogen sprayed Kit Kats, and most recently, a monthly series of Kit Kats that come with a corresponding edible birthstone. Nestle Japan has been known to tap into the country’s deep gift-giving culture, however, even creating a vending machine that lets you personalize Kit Kat souvenirs for friends and family. Their latest effort continues that trend…


The Best Destinations in Japan For Each Season: Autumn

2017-12-04 04:56

People may flock to Kyoto for the awesome view from Kiyomizudera, but for a less predictable autumn, how about heading to the untamed wilderness of the North? Take a walk on the wild side in Aomori. The number one autumnal activity of Japan is leaf viewing (known as ‘koyo’ or ‘momiji’), which basically consists of finding some arresting scenery filled with dazzling fall colours and going to look at it en masse. This tradition means it may be difficult to avoid crowds around this time, but at least if you stay out of the main tourist areas you have a chance. Possibly. So what makes Aomori so great for fall?…


Pick Up a Rainbow Latte in Tokyo Café for a Colourful Caffeine Boost

2017-12-04 12:20

If anything can brighten up winter mornings it’s a latte in your favourite colour. Ink by Canvas Tokyo is a coffee shop that just opened this month in Daikanyama. Not only do the coffees come in cute colours, there is also latte art unique to each colour to make them even nicer to look at. Source: Fashion Press The interior of the coffee shop is plain white as the concept is a canvas to create colourful art on. Instagram users have been taking advantage of this striking aesthetic. #inkbycanvastokyo きょうは愛しの @___peterpanda_honey_ ちゃんとデート💕💕 もうほんっとにかわいいくてだいすき、、💋 だいすきすぎてつらい、、 inkで紫芋とredvelvet(名前最高)のんできた💌 #도쿄 #카페 #카페스타그램 #도쿄카페 #먹스타그램 #팔로우 #맞팔 #맞팔해요 #東京カフェ #代官山カフェ #カフェ巡り #alaucalia #cafe #fff #f4f…


New Pokémon Cafe And Deluxe Pokémon Center Opening Up In Tokyo

2017-12-01 04:44

It’s not uncommon for Japan to celebrate the anniversaries or reward the fandoms of popular anime and manga series with themed cafes and restaurants, as recently seen with a delicious-looking series of Sailor Moon cafes. The Pokémon franchise has enjoyed this honor before, but like most similar promotions, those cafes have been of the pop-up variety and only ran for a short amount of time, making it difficult for those not in Japan to enjoy. Fortunately, that will no longer be a problem, as next year a permanent Pokémon Cafe attached to a brand new Pokémon Center shop is set to open up in Tokyo. Source: PR Times The new…


$2,600 Premium Wagyu Beef Bento Is Japan’s Most Luxurious Lunch Box

2017-11-30 06:52

Whether you’re traveling around the country from the comfort of the bullet train or simply catching a lunch break, Japanese bento boxes provide some very delicious variety with your meal. Mom-and-pop bento shops offer up home-styled Japanese lunches on the cheap, school-kids can look forward to colorful character bento made by their parents, and those willing to spend a bit more can indulge their inner-foodie with fancier bento that offer premium delicacies from around the country. But even when rubbing elbows with the higher end of bento diners, you’re unlikely to come across someone enjoying as extravagant as this. Filling this wooden cow-silhouette bento box are premium cuts of wagyu…


Mike Puts a Taste of Osaka into Popcorn with Takoyaki Flavour

2017-11-30 12:43

Mike Popcorn are teaming up with Takoyaki chain restaurant Gindaco to bring Japan a fun new flavour; takoyaki popcorn incorporating Gindaco’s own sauce. Both companies are having anniversaries this year, which is what prompted this unconventional pairing. Mike haven’t been shy with out of the box flavours which range from the bizarre (caprese) to the strangely specific (sugar butter made with coconut oil). このポップコーンめちゃめちゃ美味しい…定番化してほしい…#マイクポップコーン #オリーブオイル香るカプレーゼ #ポップコーン #うまい #うまいうまい #やめられないとまらない Ikumi Oさん(@okmin07)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 9月 27 6:53午前 PDT #これは美味しい #ココナッツ #マイクポップコーン Kazuo OKさん(@okkazuo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 9月 23 10:31午後 PDT Takoyaki is a savoury snack food that originated in Osaka, Japan’s second major city. These delicious balls of batter encase a chunk…


Learn How To Prepare Osechi New Year’s Dishes At Japanese Cooking School For Foreigners

2017-11-29 06:35

Osechi is the name given to special dishes typically served at New Year’s time in Japan. The dishes often take time to prepare, are aesthetically pleasing and are chosen for having auspicious meaning appropriate to celebrate the coming of the new year. Numerous dishes are often included in a special kind of box, sometimes with several small compartments. source: (C) WashoCook Inc. However, due to its time-consuming nature, home-made Osechi cuisine is an increasingly rare sight in Japanese homes, especially with the advent of store-made Osechi boxes readily available for purchase. Moreover, most tourists or short-term residents in Japan have never tried it. Thankfully, a class being offered by Washo…


Coca-Cola Japan Continue Streak of Beautiful Limited-Edition Bottles with Gorgeous New Year Design

2017-11-28 04:20

This year, Coca-Cola Japan have been smashing the special edition bottle designs. First was the springtime cherry blossom offering. お花見の季節がやってきた♪スマイルも満開:D #やっぱりコーク #cocacola #コカコーラ #桜ボトル #桜 #さくら #お花見 コカ・コーラさん(@cocacola_japan)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 3月 30 9:02午後 PDT Then the regional bottle designs were released in summer. These are only available in the areas that inspired each individual design. Source: PR Times For fall, an autumn leaves design was released. 秋めいてきましたね🍁 紅葉デザインボトル 発売中♪ お近くのスーパーマーケットなどで購入いただけます(一部店舗除く) #やっぱりコーク #cocacola #コカコーラ #万華鏡 コカ・コーラさん(@cocacola_japan)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 10月 1 8:09午後 PDT But they couldn’t wait until next year for another blossom themed bottle. The new year design for 2018, available from 4th December 2017 onward, is a pink and white…


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