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Ruby Chocolate Otabe: A new collaboration from a long-standing Kyoto sweets shop

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Kyoto is famous for a confectionery known as yatsuhashi 八ッ橋, made from glutinous rice flour (joshinko 上新粉), sugar and other flavorings. Baked yatsuhashi, shaped in strips and flavored with cinnamon, are very popular since they have a long shelf-life. However, equally popular is the unbaked form known as nama-yatsuhashi 生八ッ橋, typically shaped into triangles. The dough… Read

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Ichiran Ramen to open high-class and pricey 'Ginza Ichiran'

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Out of Tokyo’s plentiful and diverse neighborhood’s, Ginza is the one place you don’t want to go if you’re on a budget. Along with having streets lined with designer brands from around the world, they’re also known for serving up expensive versions of average cuisine, like this 2,500 yen ramen we… Read

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The birthplace of 'oyakodon' still in business in Tokyo after more than 200 years

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It’s hard to find a Japanese dish with a broader appeal than oyakodon. Part of the donburi (rice bowl) branch of Japanese cuisine, oyakodon consists of chicken and egg served over rice, with a sauce that’s both savory and sweet tying the whole thing together. Because of how popular it is, oyakodon is… Read

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Japan’s first alcohol-free and tobacco-free yakiniku restaurant a hit in Osaka

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Yakiniku restaurants, establishments where customers grill their own meat on tattoo inspiring little BBQs, are extremely popular in Japan. Here, customers can quickly cook up whatever cuts of meat they like from tongues to tails and everything in between. It’s really a meat-lover’s paradise, as it cuts out all the excess like buns… Read

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Food allergy sufferers in Japan can enjoy KFC with new low-allergen chicken meal set

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For those who suffer from certain food allergies, dining out at fast food restaurants can be a challenge. One chain in Japan is taking measures to provide options for such customers. Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan has a new chicken meal set specially designed to be low in the seven common… Read

HOTEL NEWS

This Halloween, be enthralled by Alice in Rose Labyrinth at Hilton Tokyo's Marble Lounge

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Halloween doesn’t always have to be scary and gory. Hilton Tokyo’s latest dessert buffet “Alice in Rose Labyrinth” reinterprets Halloween, presenting a dark but elegant ambience defined by mirrors & roses. Situated in the hub of Shinjuku, Hilton Tokyo has always been a pioneer of dessert buffets in Japan. From… Read

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Visit the birthplace of cup noodles, and even make your own

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Visit Osaka’s Cup Noodles Museum to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the staple of every broke college student’s diet. The museum, just north of Osaka in Ikeda, celebrates the beloved instant food with quirky and colorful displays, interactive exhibits, and live factory demonstrations. Here’s what you need to know to… Read

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Trump hotel's sushi restaurant wins Michelin star

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U.S. President Donald Trump is known to be a fan of fast food, but the fare at one of his hotels is more refined -- the sushi restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington has won a coveted Michelin star. The 2020 Michelin Guide to Washington, released on Tuesday,… Read

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Sweet mochi popcorn: Japan’s newest East-West crossover sweet

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Searching the snack shelves of Japanese convenience stores, you’d be hard-pressed to find something that looks much more American than Mike Popcorn. Yes, it really is pronounced just like the man’s name (and not mike/"mee-kay," the Japanese word for a tortoiseshell cat and one of Japan’s most popular pet names), and it’s… Read

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'Weathering with You' anime cafe opening soon with Shinkai-inspired menu items

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There’s a lot to like about the anime films of Makoto Shinkai, from their emotionally driven stories to their memorable soundtracks. But really, you can’t talk about Shinkai’s work without talking about how gorgeous they are to look at, thanks to the director’s amazing skill at creating immensely detailed and vivid environments for his… Read

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