There is precedence in Japan for creature-themed cafes: cats, dogs, rabbits and now owls. Waiting in line at Osaka’s Owl Cafe I felt like I stood out. To make matters worse, everybody else was either on dates or with best friends — I came ...

In terms of the taste, though, the Colombian brew has a slightly sweet note running through it; the German blend is portly. The breakfast set, which is served until 11 a.m., is filling and includes coffee. On a recent visit I had a crustless ...

Simple U.S.-style comfort food is the name of the game. At lunchtime, there are set meals of soup, salad, sandwiches or pasta. At dinner, the dishes are more substantial.

Garb Monaque, a cafe, bar and restaurant, occupies a funky building — think of a birdcage that’s been twisted at both ends — between Osaka Station and Grand Front Osaka, two playgrounds devoted to conspicuous consumption.

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of “cooing” girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

What it lacks in views, The Dome makes up for in toys and a play area for children, ingeniously placed in the center of the dining area. Frequent users of child-friendly restaurants, such as yours truly, likely know that play areas are usually put ...

Aurora Lounge, located on the 45th floor of the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, is one of the most non-drinker friendly places in Tokyo. Its 45 Refresh! Non Alcohol Cocktail menu has as many cocktails as floors that the lounge is from the ground.

The curry made at Irish Curry (that’s the name of the restaurant) is, in fact, the classic Japanese curry and rice dish (adapted many moons ago from an Indian curry recipe introduced by the British), but with one not-so-secret ingredient: Guinness.

At Vin Chou (which they rhyme with “banjo”), the chicken of preference is prime Date-jidori, one of the finest, most flavorful varieties of Japanese fowl. Rather more unusually, though, the menu also offers Bresse chicken wings, quail, cuts of Barbary duck and halves of ...

There is little to see except green hills dropping into the sea and the ocean stretching out in front of you across to the Izu Peninsula, and little to do except tune in to the sound of the waves or the variety of musicians ...

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