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Jeremy Wilgus
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 20, 2021
White Smoke: Upping the game for Japanese barbecue
Opportunity, preparedness and luck took entrepreneur Craig White from a single restaurant in Tokyo to a growing barbecue empire in Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2020
Today’s expats can buy their favorite foods from home with one click. Where does that leave importers?
Foreign Buyers' Club has shut its doors after 33 years, heralding a shift in how Japan's international residents source cravings from home.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 24, 2020
Japan’s craft beer industry looks to maintain connections with fans
From tax breaks to take-out alcohol and trimmed-down events, bars and breweries transform their neighborhood ties.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 10, 2020
After a summer without craft beer festivals, where does the industry go from here?
For Japan's craft beer, festivals and events are key to industry growth. Cancelations have left breweries and staff scrambling to make up lost income.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 22, 2020
Top 5: The best burger restaurants in Tokyo
The Japan Times tried over 20 of the best burger shops in town, narrowing it down to five places that more than sate the hunger for a proper burger.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 3, 2020
Where to order craft beer online in Japan
Craving a cold one while staying home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? The Japan Times has you covered with 13 recommendations for where you can order craft beer delivered straight to your home.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 9, 2019
Tokyo Aleworks: Keeping its doors open to the community
Tokyo Aleworks offers periodic one-day brewing classes for customers to try their hand at making beer, just one way it opens its doors to young brewers and the local community.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Aug 31, 2019
An ongoing evolution: 25 years of craft beer in Japan
In its first 25 years, Japanese craft beer has faced its share of challenges. Cultivating Craft wraps up with a look at how far the craft beer boom has come, but also what industry experts say needs to improve.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Aug 3, 2019
Coedo Brewery's beer is rooted in agriculture
A desire to use perfectly edible produce deemed 'unsuitable' for sale led Coedo Brewery to innovate with local ingredients in beer, and now its brews are on shelves nationwide.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Jul 6, 2019
For Shonan Beer, quality and locality drive success
Investment in the local Kanazawa Prefecture market and a focus on the quality of the beer are the keys to success for Shonan Beer.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Jun 1, 2019
Homebrewing in Japan: Craft beer's creative foundation
Craft beer in Japan is experiencing a second renaissance. However, many of Japan's breweries are still trying to catch up to the innovation and skill level of their overseas counterparts. Could legalizing homebrewing help boost creativity?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
May 4, 2019
For Locobeer, success starts close to home
With only one full-time employee, Chiba Prefecture-based Locobeer has kept its local focus for over 20 years, all the while brewing an award-winning and eclectic lineup of beer.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Apr 6, 2019
Perseverance pays off for SanktGallen Brewery
With its innovative craft beers and approach to marketing, SanktGallen Brewery has established itself in Japan's craft beer world not just once, but twice.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Mar 2, 2019
Harvestmoon: Craft beer brewed for every palate
As Japanese brewing regulations relaxed in the mid-1990s, it wasn't uncommon for large Japanese resort companies to open breweries. One such brewery, Harvestmoon, is owned and operated by Oriental Land Company (OLC), which runs the Disney theme parks in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Feb 2, 2019
From one keg to 1,000, Baird Beer is still growing
For Baird Brewing, perseverance and the cultivation of a loyal fan base has made it a rarity in Japanese craft beer: a truly independent brewery. Lacking the shelter of a parent company, it has created a line of taprooms to spread its concept of craft beer and hospitality.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Jan 5, 2019
Fujizakura Heights Beer: Bending the rules of traditional German beer
At Fujizakura Heights Beer, Hiromichi Miyashita pushes the boundaries of Japanese brewing tradition by fusing German and modern American styles.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Dec 1, 2018
Ise Kadoya: Bringing craft beer into the mainstream
Compared to the typical American craft beer company, many craft beer companies in Japan belong to larger, sometimes much older, parent companies. One of the clearest examples of this is Ise Kadoya Microbrewery.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Nov 3, 2018
Minoh Beer: A father's dream, a daughter's reality
A vibrant part of Japan's craft beer community since 1997, family-run Minoh Beer has been pushing the boundaries of brewing by harnessing local flavors — and they have the international awards to prove it.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Oct 6, 2018
Japan's craft beer scene: 25 years in the making
The secret is long since out: Japan's craft beer scene is a vibrant place, filled with innovative brewers creating new and interesting beers alongside masterful examples of traditional styles.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 26, 2018
Barbecue in Japan: What's a devotee of low and slow to do?
In conversation with Bashamichi Taproom, Smokehouse and Hatos Bar, three of the OGs of Japan's barbecue scene.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world