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Japan’s Gyoza Hot Dog is the Pinnacle of Junk Food Achievement

2018-07-19 05:25

In Japan’s food capital, an extra carby challenge awaits. The Gyoza Dog. Gyoza are a type of pan fried dumplings, commonly known as pot stickers in English. I thought that wantonly putting anything on a sandwich was a British thing (i.e. pies, crisps), but it turns out Japan are just as game when it comes to carb on carb action. A bread roll filled with yakisoba noodles is a convenience store staple. Gyoza chain Osaka Osho’s main store on Dotonbori are now using bread rolls as a new, inventive way to serve their namesake dish. The ‘plain’ option is 8 gyoza in a bread roll, nestled on some lettuce and…


The Best Pet Cafes in Tokyo for Animal Lovers

2018-07-19 05:51

Living in Tokyo, it’s hard to get a fix of the fluffy stuff. Pets are usually not allowed in apartments and hectic work schedules hold many prospective owners back. That’s probably why Tokyo is home to a plethora of animal cafes, ranging from cats to hedgehogs, dogs to owls, you can choose from a whole host of adorable creatures to get up close and personal with. If you’re from a country that doesn’t have pet themed cafes it’s definitely something cool to try out while visiting Japan. For tourists, an animal cafe could be the perfect chill out time during a hectic sightseeing schedule. Whether you like fluffy or feathered…


Japanese Village Faces Ninja Shortage–Even With Salaries As High As $85,000

2018-07-19 12:49

Japan’s Iga City, the birthplace of ninja, is running out of ninja in 2018. Iga City, located in Japan’s Mie prefecture, is believed to be the birthplace of ninja and home of the Iga school of ninjutsu. It also hosts Japan’s most famous ninja museum, where visitors can not only watch skilled ninja performers, but undergo training to pick up the skills themselves. Unfortunately, the city’s claim to fame is at risk as Iga is facing a shortage of skilled ninja performers for their annual ninja festival as the result of a nationwide depopulation problem, according to a recent episode of “Planet Money” on NPR. In the episode, Sally Herships…


Omiya Railway Museum Showcases Dawn of Railroads in Japan Until Sept. 30

2018-07-18 09:00

© Japan Forward Text: Earl H. Kinmonth, Professor Emeritus, Taisho University This year is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. In a narrow sense the Meiji Restoration meant restoring the imperial institution to a central position in the Japanese polity. In a broader sense, though, it meant renovation and restructuring. One key component of this was the construction of railroads. Whereas the pre-Meiji regime carried out limited road and bridge building and restricted the size of ships, the new Meiji government saw improved transportation in general—and railroads in particular—as of prime importance in making Japan a strong, modern country. Just five years after the overthrow of the Tokugawa regime…


Pikachu Outbreak Festival 2018 to be Invaded by Another Pokemon Army

2018-07-18 05:13

You may have heard of the Pikachu Outbreak event which happens yearly in Japan. Year on year, every summer, the amount of Pikachu involved has been growing and this year 1500 are set to break out and wreak havoc on Yokohama. But this year, another Pokemon has decided that Pikachu has been hogging the limelight for too long. For the first time ever, Eevee will join the Outbreak. In a separate parade, a load of Eevees will strut their stuff around the port area. The amount of Eevees haven’t been announced so it will be a fun surprise to see how many come to represent. The event will be running…


4 Beaches Close to Tokyo for a Summer Day Trip to the Sea

2018-07-13 05:31

Summer is here and as usual, Tokyo is going to be sweltering hot. It’s time to escape it all and relax by the sea. Problem is, there are no (real) beaches in the Tokyo area. As a general rule the further away from Tokyo you go the prettier the beach will be, but for those without the luxury of time or travel money these are the easiest beaches to get to. Just one or two hours out of Tokyo, and you could be lying on the sand sipping a chuhai… Beaches in Easy Distance From Tokyo 1. Odaiba, Tokyo yasu_tokyo_japanさん(@uta_photograph)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月9日午後10時12分PDT The closest you’ll get to the seaside…


Tokyo’s Dessert-Go-Round Café Shows Conveyor Belts Aren’t Just for Sushi

2018-07-11 12:19

When you just can’t decide what you want off the menu, Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) created a novel way to solve that problem. The various dishes parade themselves tantalisingly past your very eyes. If you like what you see, you can simply reach out and take it. But why has this genius idea only been applied to sushi? Well Café Ron Ron in Harajuku are about to change that, giving another type of food a go round on the belt. In the spiritual home of all things cute and sweet, what else but desserts? The new cafe will be opening next week and will boast 25 different types of dessert…


The Art of Shinkansen: Bullet Trains in Japan

2018-07-09 02:25

The Bullet trains in Japan—Shinkansen—are famous worldwide for their speed, efficiency, comfort, and sheer elegance of shape. They are so elegant, in fact, that the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) decided to launch the “Art of Shinkansen,” a series of 14 GIFs showcasing the high-speed train. © Japan Forward Artists from all over the world were asked to depict in a GIF various aspects of the Tokaido line, the train line which connects Tokyo to the port city of Osaka. The Shinkansen carries almost 500,000 people per day, for a total of nearly 165 million people per year. This means it has carried an estimated 5.6 billion people since…


4 Best Kakigori Shaved Ice Desserts in Tokyo to Cool Down with This Summer

2018-07-06 05:22

Japan is awesome in the summer. Fireworks, festivals, beaches. Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun. Except for one thing. The unbearable crushing heat, the suffocating humidity, the inability to step outside without almost drowning in your own sweat. For us expats who are not used to high temperatures, Japanese summer can be a killer. But the Japanese have their own ways of overcoming the heat. Most delicious of these is eating a huge mountain of shaved ice with a range of syrups and delectable toppings. Best Kakigori Shaved Ice in Tokyo Kakigori may be known as festival fare, but if you go to a specialist shaved ice restaurant…


Party In a Fundoshi Loincloth At The Wildest Summer Party, Phantasm Tokyo DJ Night

2018-07-06 01:06

For centuries, Japanese people have worn fundoshi loincloths and danced at festivals. On July 7th, the auspicious day of the Tanabata Star Festival, the Fundoshibu group wants you to wear fundoshi and dance the night away in an amazing summer party called Phantasm Tokyo. With the concept of creating “festivals to shape the next 100 years,” the Fundoshibu group has reserved the 1st through 3rd floors of the 100Banch building near the New South exit at Shibuya station and invited the leader of Japan’s dance scene, Afromance, who you may remember from the Maguro House event we covered earlier this year, along with an amazing lineup of DJs and musical…


5 Amazing Vegan and Vegetarian Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo

2018-07-04 04:17

Where to Find Vegan and Vegetarian Ramen in Tokyo Vegan options used to be few and far between in Tokyo. But naïve cooks thinking that fish stock doesn’t really count as an animal product are slowly becoming a thing of the past, as Japan catches on to the health and environmental benefits of vegetarianism. Tokyo especially is a cosmopolitan city ready to embrace and cater for all different walks of life. Not just foreign imports, Japanese dishes are also becoming more available and tourists who visit Japan are clambering to sample the classic comfort food, ramen. Kyushu Jangara Vegan Ramen – Harajuku Source: © Grape Japan Kyushu Jangara’s specialty is…


“Otaku House” Promises Cheap Lodging and Fun Experiences For Otaku Tourists

2018-07-04 03:25

Whether or not you identify yourself as an “otaku,” if you’re a fan of anime, gaming, cosplay and other aspects of Japanese subculture and you have plans to visit Tokyo any time after March 2019, there’s a good chance you’ll appreciate what “Otaku House” has in store. An Otaku’s Home Away From Home in Tokyo A project launched by SouthWorks Co., Ltd., a Japanese IT startup which distributes Japanese games overseas as well as develops and manages websites, “Otaku House” is a new kind of themed accommodation and experience place with the first location planned for Akihabara. It will feature comfortable bunk rooms with walls decorated with anime characters, a…


5 Tokyo Area Fireworks Festivals for a Sparkling Summer 2018

2018-07-02 05:15

Best Fireworks Festivals and Displays in the Tokyo Area Dust off your yukata and ready your stomach for delectable festival food. It’s summer, a.k.a. fireworks season in Japan. Whether you’re not willing to stray out of central Tokyo or are looking for some off-season gatherings, here’s a list of displays and festivals, in Tokyo and further afield, that will suit anyone’s needs. Edogawa Fireworks Festival (Saturday 4th August 2018) tomonariさん(@tomoiomot)がシェアした投稿 – 2017年 9月月12日午前4時10分PDT You’ll have to journey to Chiba to see it, but Edogawa is one of the most impressive fireworks festivals in the Greater Tokyo area. Held along the Edo River, it’s well known for its ostentatious opening which…


Tourists’ Good Luck Ritual Is Tarnishing Beauty Of Japan’s Most Iconic Shrine

2018-06-29 04:39

The famous gate of Japan’s famous Itsukushima Shrine is suffering from structural damage caused by travelers cramming it with coins. Itsukushima Shrine, located on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture, is celebrated canonically as one of three most scenic beauties in Japan, and a permanent heavyweight on the top ranked places to visit in Japan. The small island boasts gorgeous mountain trails and views, and hosts free-roaming deer who aren’t afraid to mingle with human visitors. It’s main attraction and most iconic view, however, is undoubtedly the shrine’s torii gate, which appears to float on the water at high tide. じゃらん〈公式〉さん(@jalan_net)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 6月月27日午前2時12分PDT It’s considered an all-day attraction,…


Kyushu Jangara: A Vegan Ramen Option in the Heart of Harajuku

2018-06-29 04:37

For vegetarians and vegans, travelling in Japan used to be a nightmare, food-wise. Hope you like plum onigiri, because you’ll be sitting on the curb outside the convenience store eating it every day, too scared to enter the restaurants in case of a fish broth spiking. But no longer! Especially in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Tokyo there’s plenty of meat-free options if you know where to look. Not just foreign cuisine, even some traditional treats have been stripped of all animal products so anyone can enjoy Japan’s beloved dishes. Delicious Vegan and Vegetarian Ramen in Harajuku Kyushu Jangara’s specialty is Hakata style, Tonkotsu ramen which originated in Fukuoka. The meaty…


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