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Japanese sake, the global phenomenon — try it for yourself! An up-to-date beginner’s guide to Japanese sake.

We’re beginning to see renewed interest in Japanese sake from young people here in Japan. Its meteoric rise is far from over abroad as well. According to the National Tax Agency (NTA), 2015 saw 14 billion yen worth of sake exports. That’s 121.8% of the previous year, making it the …

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Things to know about soba noodles you eat on a daily basis

With an increase in interactions with overseas countries and foreign visitors to Japan, there are more volunteering efforts to help foreign visitors to Japan who are unfamiliar with Japanese cultures to have a cultural exchange. The #1 problem that foreign visitors are facing is table manners. It is difficult for …

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If you visit Yamanashi, make sure to give these a try! Three little-known gourmet treats in Yamanashi, as chosen by a local

When I’m asked about gourmet cuisine in Yamanashi, of course the first thing that comes to mind is “hoto”, a popular noodle dish. Today I’ll be introducing hoto, as well as two other gourmet dishes that are just as delicious. 1.This list wouldn’t be complete without hoto One of the …

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If you come to Miyazaki, by all means try these dishes! I can tell you about three off-the-beaten-path gourmet spots that serve up exquisite food unique to Miyazaki.

There are many points of interest and delicious gourmet locations in Miyazaki where one can experience the both regional flavors and the character of the prefecture’s citizens. Because I am a Miyazaki native, this time I can be your guide to three gourmet spots off the beaten path that serve …

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A must-eat when you are in Nagasaki! My 3 personal favorite little-known gourmet spots that I can recommend because they are local.

Nagasaki is a city characterized by a foreign feel. It features a unique scenery and nightscape of residential buildings extending to the top of the mountain, and streetcars running throughout the city. If you make a trip to Nagasaki, you would not want to miss all of its delicious offerings. …

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Food You Must Eat When Coming To Okayama! 3 Personally Recommended Great Little-Known Eating Spots

When people ask us what food we personally like best in Okayama, we can’t help but say “Sawara!” (Spanish mackerel), “Ebimeshi!” (Shrimp fried rice), or “Tama no Ontamameshi!” ( Fried rice with eggs from hot springs). Perhaps you have never heard of them before, but we assure you they’re all …

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You must taste this if you go to Kakogawa (Hyogo prefecture)! A guide to the deliciousness of “katsumeshi”, a hidden and unique gourmet dish!

Exactly like anywhere else in Japan, even in Hyogo the citizens have several local gourmet dishes among their favourites. For example, Kobe, the prefectural capital, is quite famous nationwide for its gourmet Kobe beef brands. However, if you move west from Kobe for less than 1 hour, you will be …

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What to eat in Aichi! A local’s take on the top 3 gourmet spots in Aichi.

Aichi is one of the major cities that represents Japan. If you’re planning on visiting, here are the three gourmet spots locals recommend, plus a pointer or two on what makes them so special. 1. Aichi’s super popular, super spicy ramen First, we’ll take you to “Misen,” famous for its …

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What to eat in Shizuoka! A local’s take on the top 3 gourmet hot-spots in Shizuoka.

If you ever find yourself in Shizuoka, check out these secret gourmet hotspots when you’re out and about. 1. Try the “Genkotsu Hamburger”! First, I can’t recommend “Charcoal-Grilled Restaurant Sawayaka” enough. As any Shizuokan can tell you, this hamburger-steak restaurant chain is exclusive to the Shizuoka prefecture, and is the …

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