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Rebecca Milner
Rebecca Milner is a freelance writer living in Tokyo since 2002. She writes for A Taste of Home and Japan Pulse, and she is the co-author of Lonely Planet's travel guides to Tokyo and Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Mar 15, 2013
Foraging for steak frites in Tokyo? Follow a Frenchman
A friend — a French chef who happens to be Japanese — once told me that the reason so many Japanese chefs chose French was because it was considered the world's most challenging cuisine. But the same over-achiever attitude that gave us so many French restaurants in Tokyo means that many of them serve...
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 8, 2013
Bite into the journals of a Japanese burger critic
Many Japanese foodies are enamored with the hamburger, in much the same way that their American counterparts are often besotted with ramen. The number of hamburger shops in Tokyo has exploded in the last decade, but there are also signs that the fascination runs deeper: There are books, magazines and...
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LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Mar 1, 2013
Qusca: a good place to nap on the job
People fall asleep everywhere in Tokyo, but this cafe is actually made for it.
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LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Feb 15, 2013
Tokyo has California-style burritos all wrapped up
Nothing gives me greater pleasure, as a California native, than to discover a new burrito shop. I'm not talking about the kind of burritos served on a plate in a restaurant.
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CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Feb 14, 2013
J-blip: Face Chocolates
Valentine’s Day is big business in Japan. We’ve seen a lot of confectionery one-upmanship, but nothing quite like FabCafe’s jibunsei chocolates (self-styled chocolates).
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CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jan 24, 2013
'Fasting guys' not interested in women — at all
Remember the herbivore men? Japan's 'fasting men' make them look ambitious.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jan 20, 2013
Hit the road: Japan's 2013 trend forecast
In 2012 we got cat-ear hair-dos, an increasing appetite for salty mold, and a tower with a silly name. What wonders will 2013 bring? We’ve gone through Trendy’s predictions and came up with a list of themes that look good to us. Basically it boils down to this: smart phones continue to up the convenience...
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jan 18, 2013
J-blip: Sweets Marathon
Who needs sports drinks when you can have cake?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Jan 17, 2013
Searching for Singapore: Chicken rice and more in Tokyo
Considering that Singapore is famous for being one of the world's most delicious cities, it is surprising that Singaporean food doesn't have more cachet, or at least more of a presence, in Japan.
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Dec 26, 2012
Cat girls and more: Japan's fashion trends of 2012
Cat ears and mushroom games: What the kids in Japan were into in 2012.
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LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Dec 21, 2012
Recipes for a new life in Japan
Nwe Nwe Kyaw arrived in Japan 12 years ago, the wife of a political refugee from Myanmar granted asylum in Japan. In Yangon, she had been a teacher; here she had to figure out something else to do.
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Dec 18, 2012
2012: The year in gear
From innovative cars and cameras to phone-controlled appliances, the best of Japan's gadgets and gear in 2012.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 13, 2012
2012: The year in social media in Japan
The year in social media in Japan. Hint: Line.
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CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Dec 5, 2012
2012: The year in buildings
Shoppers and architecture buffs alike found plenty of new places to enjoy in Tokyo in 2012.
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CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Dec 3, 2012
Japan's top 10 buzzwords for 2012
Here they are: the top 10 phrases and words that made waves in 2012.
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LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Nov 16, 2012
Hot and steamy soup — winter's most satisfying meal
How nice does a steaming-hot bowl of soup sound? Not a teacup-sized serving of clear broth or that shocking yellow shot of sodium otherwise known as corn potage, but a hearty, home-style soup that actually doubles as a meal (especially when paired with hearty, home-style bread).
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Nov 12, 2012
Today's J-Blip: Safecast iOS app
Safecast bundles piece of mind into a virtual Geiger counter that draws from its independently collected radiation readings.
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CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
Oct 31, 2012
Tokyo Designers Week 2012
Let's all say Hello to new design at Tokyo Designers Week.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
Oct 29, 2012
Today's J-Blip: Red Bull Curates Canvas Cooler Project
Red Bull, patron of freefalling and freestyling in various forms, invites Japan-based artists to get creative with its drink coolers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / A TASTE OF HOME
Oct 19, 2012
As the mercury drops, comfort food means pie, pie, pie
In this new monthly column I'll be hunting down home comforts from around the world. And when the weather turns abruptly cold, the American mind turns to Thanksgiving, that annual feast of rare origin — it's as American as apple pie.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals