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Sushi Confessions: What 5 Japanese Living Abroad Really Think About Sushi Outside Japan

Ginza Sushi

Sushi might be the most famous aspect of Japanese food cuisine, loved and enjoyed all around the world. It’s no longer a rarity to see a shop’s neon sign with “SUSHI” written outside of Japan. However, according to Japanese nationals, the authenticity tends to vary. While there are shops that employ traditional Japanese sushi masters creating an authentic and fresh sushi experience for you, there also are places that make Japanese people pause and think: “That does taste different after all...” To learn more about those sort of differences, we talked to Japanese people who lived abroad or experienced sushi outside of Japan while traveling. Because sushi is a beloved soul food, many Japanese people feel glad to be back home and enjoying the real deal. We were able to hear some genuine opinions.

Japan in Summer: Tokyo Fireworks Calendar 2019!

Asakusa Summer

There's a loud bang and suddenly, the night sky sparkles in many different vibrant colors: fireworks are rooted deeply in Tokyo's history and during the summer months, many a brilliant nighttime spectacles can be witnessed - if you know where to go!

Kurayami Gohan – Experiencing the Dinner in the Dark

Asakusa Culture Experience

It was time, the day had finally come: once more I stood in front of the modern building that was Ryokusen-ji. From the outside, you likely wouldn’t guess that a calm and atmospheric Buddhist temple awaited behind the big sliding doors – and a one of a kind experience along with it. I had waited several weeks to be a part of Kurayami Gohan, or the Dinner in the Dark, hosted by the temple’s head monk Kakuho Aoe, who also goes by the nickname of the Cooking Monk. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him before my actual Buddhist dinner experience, learning of the philosophy of the event and of the multitalented monk himself.

The Ultimate Guide to Asakusa, Tokyo: 30 Top Picks for Food, Shopping, and Souvenirs!


When speaking of sightseeing spots in Tokyo, you can’t miss out on the ever popular Asakusa area. Juxtaposed with the laidback, old Edo period downtown streets is the Tokyo Skytree, bringing both the modern and the ancient together in harmony. This time, to help you make the most of your next trip to Asakusa, we’re recommending sightseeing spots, gourmet, shopping, and souvenir spots in the seven areas of Asakusa! From the main areas to the ones less frequented by tourists, these are places that not only first-timers will want to visit, but repeat visitors will want to go to as well!

Panda-monium Explained: Experts Share Why Japanese Love Pandas so Much!

Ueno Other Entertainment

Pandas are one of the most beloved symbols for Japanese people. In fact, Japan is the only place where people are known to get so enthusiastic over pandas, more so than anywhere else. So why exactly do Japanese people have such a strong affinity for these creatures? To figure out the mystery, Dr. Tadaaki Imaizumi, a zoologist under the best-selling and popular “Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Encyclopedia of Unfortunate Animals),” which discusses their seemingly unfortunate and inconvenient abilities, ecology, and habits of various kinds of creatures, discusses the reasons he believes so many people in Japan love pandas.

Prices in Japan: All You Need to Know About Renting a Short-Term Apartment!

Tokyo Station

Japan has a reputation for being notoriously expensive. When you’re looking for a short-term rental while on vacation or an extended business trip, you’ll want to know how to maximize your budget. Especially rent is often named as being somewhat unaffordable, eating up a large deal of one’s monthly paycheck. If you’ve still set your eyes on living renting in Tokyo, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about finding an apartment, as well as tips, tricks, and helpful knowledge all about rent in Japan!

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