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Essential summer festivals 2014

May 31, 2014

Essential summer festivals 2014

A summer without festivals simply wouldn’t be a proper summer in Japan, so now that the humidity has returned, it’s time to slop on an extra layer of sunscreen and line up some outdoor activities. To make your life easier over the next few ...

Japan says 'aloha' to Hawaiian food

| May 27, 2014

Japan says 'aloha' to Hawaiian food

I should have realized that my first trip to Cinnamon’s would end in tears. Or, at least, in an uncomfortably long wait. This newly opened transplant from Kailua, Hawaii, is on the bucket list of every OL (office lady) in the Kanto area, and ...

A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

| Dec 19, 2013

A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

Japan has reached peak donut. In a year of otherwise promising trends in the B-kyū gourmet (B-grade cuisine) scene, Japanese diners saved their heartiest appetite for Western-style breakfast. The onslaught of U.S. franchises specializing in pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict continued apace, with ...