Angela Erika Kubo

For Angela Erika Kubo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Step into another era at Cafe Streamline

| Nov 18, 2014

Step into another era at Cafe Streamline

Leaving the tranquil streets of Tokyo’s Daikanyama district and entering Cafe Streamline is like going back in time. The bar contrasts the modern architecture outside with antiques and old kitchen appliances cluttering the interior and soft jazz music playing on a radio. Then again, ...

Popcorn flavors take ever stranger turns

| Nov 18, 2014

Popcorn flavors take ever stranger turns

Frito-Lay Japan releases some pretty weird flavors in its Mike Popcorn line. Earlier this year it was Indian butter chicken curry, while others have included seaweed wasabi, ponzu (citrus soy sauce) and salad. Its latest creation is maple butter (¥105), which has a subtle ...

'Super Sour' Pringles pack an added punch

| Nov 4, 2014

'Super Sour' Pringles pack an added punch

Pringles is true to its word when it describes its newly released dill pickle-flavored chips (¥152), released last week in convenience stores throughout Japan, as “Super Sour.” Eating one of these chips is like reaching into a jar and biting into a juicy pickle ...

Cinnabon joins the popcorn bandwagon

| Oct 21, 2014

Cinnabon joins the popcorn bandwagon

While popcorn may be one of the hottest snack trends in Japan right now, it’s still unexpected that Cinnabon, of all places, started selling its own gourmet version this month. The popcorn comes packaged in small (¥380) and medium (¥750) sizes and can be ...

Craft beer on tap couldn't be simpler

| Oct 14, 2014

Craft beer on tap couldn't be simpler

Opened last month, Pump is the newest addition to Tokyo’s continuously expanding craft-beer scene. The interior is clean and simplistic with unadorned concrete walls, spotless counters and tables and a stainless-steel wall behind the bar counter. “A few customers are a bit intimidated by ...

The popcorn craze continues at Clap Your Hands

| Oct 7, 2014

The popcorn craze continues at Clap Your Hands

Continuing Japan’s craze for popcorn (of all things!), Hiroshima-based popcorn maker Clap Your Hands has opened its first Tokyo branch in trendy shopping district Shimokitazawa, far from Omotesando, where people currently line up for hours at KuKuRuZa and Garrett. Prices range from ¥300 to ...