Candy made fresh at Tokyo stores

| Dec 7, 2012

Candy made fresh at Tokyo stores

If Christmas is the time when adults pander to their inner child, then it is holiday season all year round at Papabubble. Tokyo’s premier purveyor of artisan candies is no ordinary sweet shop: it’s more like a Santa’s grotto — complete with happy toiling ...

Japan can learn from the Nordic kitchen

| Nov 30, 2012

Japan can learn from the Nordic kitchen

Food production in Japan is not in great shape. For decades, rural populations have dwindled and local farmers have been undercut by imports, at both the cheap and luxury ends of the market. Current plans to open up Japan’s famously closed farming market through ...

Exhibition charts the rise of chocolate

| Nov 2, 2012

Exhibition charts the rise of chocolate

Attention all chocoholics! Here’s a way to satiate your sweet tooth without gaining a single gram. In fact you’re likely to work off plenty of calories as you explore “Chocolate: The Exhibition.” This major show, which opens Nov. 3 at the National Museum of ...

Tasty twists on tradition at Tokyo Station

| Oct 5, 2012

Tasty twists on tradition at Tokyo Station

Great fanfare accompanied the reopening of Tokyo Station’s redbrick building in Marunouchi this week. And, just like any major new (or in this case 98-year-old) landmark, it’s a bonanza for tie-in marketing, including plenty of sweets — all limited-edition items that can only be ...