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Angela Erika Kubo
For Angela Erika Kubo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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LIFE / Food & Drink / TOKYO BAR ADVENTURE
Jan 14, 2014
Latin bars offer a change of tempo in Tokyo
Tokyo's smattering of Latin bars and restaurants offer a change of pace (literally) from the usual drinking spot, with booming Latin music and sometimes even salsa dancing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / DESSERT WATCH
Jan 7, 2014
SunnyHills Taiwanese pineapple cakes
Taiwanese hospitality came to Japanese shores last month with the opening of a branch of pineapple-cake brand SunnyHills in Tokyo's ritzy Minami-Aoyama district. The store, designed by architect Kengo Kuma, is a beehive-like structure made out of hinoki (Japanese cypress) that gives off a relaxing lemon...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / TOKYO BAR ADVENTURE
Dec 31, 2013
On a pub crawl, every drink is one for the road
For newcomers or current residents in Tokyo, where people are known to sometimes come off as cold and distant, attempting to chat up a complete stranger on the street or in a bar can make even the biggest social butterfly feel shy.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KONBINI WATCH
Dec 31, 2013
Colonel Crispy Chicken Strips flavored Calbee potato chips
With the Christmas spirit and chicken sales dying down after the holiday season, Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan, in collaboration with Calbee, is hoping to tempt chicken lovers back with a snack version of its long-selling Colonel Crispy Chicken Strips. Representatives from Calbee and KFC insist that the...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2013
Ice-cream businesses fight the winter chill
With temperatures this year that peaked in the mid-30s, made only worse by Tokyo's hair plastering humidity, there were two major topics that were featured prominently on television: how hot it was and what could be done to beat the heat. Cameras showed long lines of people wearing sandals and cooling...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 28, 2013
Tasty hot cocktails arrive in time for winter
On finding refuge from the fall and winter cold in a warm bar, there's no need to endure a chilled beer: Recently hot cocktails are becoming more common, in Tokyo at least, and make for a comforting start to a night on the town.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 7, 2013
'Abenomics' means a special holiday spread
Before anyone had a chance to shrug off their beach sandals and pack away their tank tops to make room for long-sleeved shirts and jackets, the Seibu flagship department store in Ikebukuro Station announced that it would start taking reservations for osechi ryōri — traditional Japanese New Year's...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 10, 2013
Farmers bring a slice of country life to Tokyo
With Tokyo Tower as a backdrop and being home to some of Tokyo's most famous nightclubs, several foreign embassies and upscale clothing stores, Roppongi has all the flash and glamor missing from slow-paced, rustic country life. Fields and farms have no place in the steel-and-concrete labyrinth of Roppongi...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 12, 2013
East-West sweets are a favorite fusion feast
In Japan, single-flavored foods are sometimes just too monotonous to attract new customers, and so snack companies are constantly going back to the planning board to come up with a hot new flavor of potato chips and chocolate. Often their inspiration comes not only from the Western origins of those snacks...

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