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Serving up Style: Fiendishly Delicious Canned Food Recipes!

Tokyo Station Other Fusion Food

Of the many trends to sweep Japan in recent years, one of the more curious is a love of all things canned. From $100 shark fins to whole loaves of bread, the canned food industry is booming in a way no one could have imagined. The trend has grown so popular that restaurants devoted entirely to canned foods have begun popping up around the country. While most people think of canned goods as a cheap last-ditch option, one brand, K&K from Kokubo Group Corp., is redefining the industry with a line of high-quality premium canned foods. And at around $5 each, these cans not only make an excellent snack (or otsumami in Japanese) when paired with a beer or glass of wine, but are a unique souvenir for friends and family back home as well! The over 70 options in their canned food line-up are designed to be eaten straight out of the can with little to no prep work, but we’ve decided to take things one step further by creating recipes centered around these conveniently packaged snacks. What better way to experience a taste of Japan with a modern, trendy twist?

Midnight Dining in Shinjuku?! All the Meat and Rice You Can Eat – for just ¥980!

Shinjuku Yakiniku

When travelling to Japan, if you think “I’d like to eat as many special dishes unique to Japan as I can without spending too much money,” then the Shinjuku Meat Center is the place for you. There is an all-you-can-eat barbecue available from 11:00 p.m. (limited to 30 people per night)! The shop was temporarily closed for renovations, but had their grand reopening on May 16, 2018. Even if you spend all day sightseeing you can still enjoy this deal into the late hours of the night. Come with friends and family to enjoy food and drinks with this very attractive deal!

Stringraphy at Studio EVE: A Striking and Unique Musical Experience

Shibuya Other Contemporary Arts

Have you ever imagined being right inside a musical instrument, surrounded by song? I visited Studio EVE in Tokyo’s Daitabashi neighborhood and was able to experience this very feeling by attending a Stringraphy workshop. A beautiful melting of music, art, and movement, Stringraphy is an original concept that while born in Japan, has already made waves across the globe in its 25 years of existence. During the workshop, I had the chance to meet the members of the world-renowned Stringraphy Ensemble, enjoy a performance, and even try my hand at making my own string music.

What’s the best way to enjoy taking photos of the Sapporo Clock Tower?

Sapporo / Chitose Other Architecture

The Sapporo Clock Tower is one of the more popular sightseeing spots in the city. This historical old building is nestled among the taller buildings in the city center and from whatever angle you view it, you are presented with unique photo opportunities. Moreover, the inside of the building also has a picture-perfect atmosphere where you can also learn the history of the clock’s mechanism. A quick snapshot of the place will not do it justice! There really are several interesting photo spots that highlight the charms of this building that we will introduce here.

Kansai vs. Kanto: Taking a Look at Japan’s Regional Differences!

Tokyo Station

Japan may be a small island nation, but each of its areas boasts a unique culture and even the climate can differ quite vastly from one region to another. Generally, however, people tend to divide Japan into two major cultural areas: Kantō in the East and Kansai in the West. Tokyo and its metropolitan area make up Kantō, the center of Japan’s politics and economics since Tokyo became the country’s capital in 1869. Its counterpart is Kansai, centered on Kyoto, the ancient city that has been the capital from 794 to 1869. Osaka, known as a major gourmet hot spot and often called the “kitchen of Japan,” is also part of Kansai. Of course, such a cultural divide brings its very own subtle and not-so-subtle differences in everyday life, from etiquette to language. Sometimes, you’ll see people from different corners of Japan having trouble understanding each other because of dialects! Stereotypes are another phenomenon going hand in hand with the Kantō-Kansai-divide and it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like “Yeah, that’s how people from Tokyo are” or “Oh, they’re from Kansai, that explains a lot.” But how do tourists experience these cultural differences? They can be quite fun to explore and discover if you know what to look out for! Let’s take a closer look at the quirks and customs of Kantō and Kansai!

20+ Words and Phrases to Help Kickstart Your Japanese!

Are you going to Japan soon and are in need of a few useful Japanese phrases to help you on your trip? In need of a few Japanese phrases that will help you express your thoughts to your friends? If you don’t have time to sift through textbooks , listen to podcasts, or study with apps, this list of useful Japanese phrases is for you! Use these phrases to convey your sincere appreciation to your Japanese acquaintances and friends, meet business associates, have a fun night out, or express your feelings to that special someone.

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