In Japan, mugicha (barley tea) is a ubiquitous and generally unremarkable drink. But for Janice Ishizaka, CEO and cofounder of The Canadian Barley Tea Company, the drink's lack of appreciation represents an opportunity to create a new, healthy, made-in-Canada beverage.
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Though it's impossible to agree on what, exactly, an izakaya is, it's now possible to recreate all the classic dishes at home with Wataru Yokota's "The Real Japanese Izakaya Cookbook."
Props to Rachel Cohn for attempting to add some much-needed diversity into Japanese literature with "My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life." Unfortunately, it falls flat.
Want to experience Japan's "mountain way of life"? At the Ochanomi Sanpo ("Tea-drinking Walk") event in Takao, Niigata Prefecture, residents open their homes to visitors for conversation and good food.
Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, might be most famous for its snowfall and skiing, but it also has a long history of local sweets, sake and even samurai.
On Nov. 1, the latest gem in an ambitious multiphase plan to redevelop the Shibuya area — Shibuya Scramble Square — opened its doors.
As 2020 approaches, The Japan Times' book reviewers look back at a decade of literature and their favorite and most impactful books written about Japan or by Japanese writers.
Architectural designer Mieko Watanabe on how she designs an inviting hotel space, the challenges of owning her own firm and how everyone can be a little more eco-friendly at home.
Psycholinguistics professor Yuki Hirose on why she can't read your mind, getting children to sit still for academic studies and the qualities she looks for in a mentor.
"Concrete Tokyo Map" outlines the most iconic concrete buildings in Tokyo. Here's The Japan Times' pick of 10 you should definitely visit on an architectural tour of Tokyo.