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Just Slurp It: How to Eat Soba Noodles the Proper Way

Soba noodles, made of buckwheat flour, are much loved throughout Japan. It is a traditional Japanese meal that has been eaten for ages! You will find soba served in a variety of dining establishments, particularly those that specialize in noodle dishes. Because of the buckwheat, soba noodles are full of vitamins and have a tasty flavor that makes you completely satisfied after your meal. Eating soba in is one of the most interesting ways to experience a Japanese culture. If you guess you should simply put it in your mouth, chew and swallow, you are mistaken. Here are few soba-eating tips for you to make your Japanese trip unforgettable! What to Choose? Soba noodles can

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How to Eat Yakitori Like a Japanese

When it comes to the snacks in Japan, yakitori is definitely worth a try. The literal translations is ‘grilled chicken’ and it refers to the bite-sized pieces of chicken meat and giblets, strung on the bamboo skewers and grilled over the charcoal. The restaurants serving up delicious sticks of grilled food can be found everywhere in Japan. However, many people like to enjoy yakitori on the go purchasing it from street vendors scattered outside the train stations. Where to Try Yakitori? Having troubles finding the place that serves yakitori? Just watch out for the clouds of aromatic smoke waffling out the grill stands. The smells are so enticing that it is

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Neighbourhood Guide: Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa(下北沢)also known as “Shimokita” is best known for the entertainment district located in Setagaya Tokyo. Its very popular for fashion, bars, cafe, restaurants, some theatres, and also people can be able to enjoy live music entertainment. Its kind of like “Harajuku” and “Koenji” because a lot of young people go to shimokita to hang out. Its a interesting and quit neighbourhood to just hang out with friends/family! Shimokita’s Background  Shimokita is very popular among young people. People call it “The youth’s city.” Its in the top 5 placese the young people want to live in because its cool and fashionable. Shimokita became popular to young people around the 70s when

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Lucky Ebisu: Getting into the Groove in the Land of Fortune

Ebisu. Historically known as the God of fishmermen and luck. Currently known as inspiration for Yebisu beer, breeder by Sapporo, and also has a link to the clothing line Ebisu. Quite a far cry from the origins. Enticing, exciting, and full of culture pulling from the past that has transformed into the making of the future. One beautiful thing about Asia is that you can see the transformation of everything in the making. The past is turned into ideas for the future and you can see it now in the present during that journey. Isn’t that the point of life? To be a witness is a pleasure and an experience

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Neighborhood Guide: Aoyama

Aoyama (青山) is located in Tokyo, specifically, a neighborhood in the northwest portion of Minato ward. In Aoyama, the stunning visual architecture seems to reflect the dynamic energy from the ever-evolving fashion trends. Known for being a premiere shopping destination, many contemporary designer stores have flagship residences here. Classy and chic, you won’t be disappointed by the variety of dining and shopping choices at your fingertips. History Let’s take a moment for you to get your bearings. Kita-Aoyama (北青山) or “North Aoyama” follows the north side of Aoyama Street, home of Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium and the delicious homemade bread from Royal Garden Cafe. Minami-Aoyami (南青山) takes on the region south of Aoyama Street, reaching

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Take your love for instant noodles to a new level

Everybody loves ramen. Classic ramen restaurants populate the country’s biggest cities, and people love the instant stuff so much they have turned it into a hamburger bun, a lobster roll and even a burrito. We just cannot get enough of the salty and addictive noodles. The man who invented instant ramen, Momofuku Ando, seriously, he must have been a genius. He created the Nissin ramen products around 1958 when he noticed food was scarce after World War II. Today food in Japan is not scarce, but instant ramen is still largely consumed not only in Japan but over the world. Visitors get impressed when passing by convenience stores due to

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Turret Coffee, The Hidden Gem Amidst the Fish

Taking advantage of the long 5 day weekend, I decided to make my way to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Let’s be honest, my friends and I were enjoying sleep too much to want to pull an all nighter to go see the auction (we’ll definitely make it there eventually, just not now). We went later in the day after we did some other sight seeing so by the time we made it to the fish market, everything was basically closing down except for the outer fish market where there are plenty of sushi restaurants. We browsed around, ate some sample sashimi, bought some salmon for dinner, and decided that we

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Experience Tokyo’s Most Exquisite Gourmet with Pocket Concierge

Tokyo locals pride themselves in the sheer number of stellar restaurants that can be found within the city; from sushi to teppanyaki, the city offers ample opportunities for culinary adventures. However, travelers may be especially intimidated by the often complicated and difficult procedures of reserving a seat at a highly sought after restaurant—enter Pocket Concierge, an English app and website that enables users to make a reservation at a restaurant of their choice from the app’s star-studded roster which includes Michelin approvals and Tabelog Top 5000 regulars.

S.O.S. – Keeping it Cool in a Japanese Restaurant

The sense that Tokyo makes no sense keeps coming on stronger and stronger. When you’re new in town, its wonders will occasionally freeze your heart. And if you are not of Japanese nationality, when in Tokyo, you are officially a freak, a glamour. Girls and boys. Whilst foreigners have an essential presence in the capital of Japan, you’re in the shrieking heart of a cultural machine which idolizes select non-Japanese culture, and simultaneously derides it for its difference. As a result, 2015 Tokyo is beset with ripples of awkwardness as Tokyoites and foreigners meet with the Japanese party line, and each other. Many Tokyo natives, however much they may love

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A Taste of Home – STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY

Is this- wait, can it be? Latte art in Tokyo? My eyes are deceiving me. I stare down at the latte art foliage built from the scientific composition of milk steamed to the perfect temperature married to velvet foam that is frothy and simple enough to manipulate with two shots of espresso that were pulled at just the right time from the machine that is at the prime of its life. You can tell that it’s worn in enough that it’s comfortable with the surrounding environment, but not so much so that it’s getting tired enough to need repair soon, so the shots pour naturally perfect. This, mixed with a

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