Japan's top barista ready to defend title

Mar 23, 2016

Japan's top barista ready to defend title

A 27-year-old woman crowned as Japan’s best drip coffee barista is preparing to defend her title against the country’s top brew makers. Yuka Takahashi, who beat all comers at last year’s Japan Hand Drip Championship, will participate in a preliminary round of the 2016 ...

Starbucks to offer alcohol at Marunouchi outlet

Mar 16, 2016

Starbucks to offer alcohol at Marunouchi outlet

Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. said Wednesday that it will sell alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, at an outlet in the Marunouchi business district in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward from March 30. Through the service, dubbed Starbucks Evenings, the company hopes to attract more after-work-hours ...

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city’s favorite retreats lies a stone’s throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild ...

Coffee perk offered to Arita Taxi customers

Feb 10, 2016

Coffee perk offered to Arita Taxi customers

Hail a certain cab in Saga Prefecture and you’ll be offered freshly brewed coffee from a machine in the vehicle. Drink as much as you like: It’s free. The service began operating last month and is drawing acclaim from passengers. The nine-seat “Barista Taxi” ...

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

Dec 17, 2015

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

This week the new "Star Wars" film will hit Japanese theaters at the same time as the rest of the world. With a 10-year gap since the last movie, all of Japan's promotion and hype has awoken many dormant fans who have spent the ...

Sep 17, 2015

Coffee at night proven to disrupt body clock: study

Drinking coffee before bedtime disrupts the body’s internal clock, making it harder to get to sleep on time and more challenging to wake up in the morning, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine not only explain why evening ...