SunnyHills Taiwanese pineapple cakes

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 ...

Ice-cream businesses fight the winter chill

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 ...

Tasty hot cocktails arrive in time for winter

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. The ...

'Abenomics' means a special holiday spread

Food & Drink | FOOD 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 — ...

Farmers bring a slice of country life to Tokyo

Food & Drink | FOOD 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 ...

East-West sweets are a favorite fusion feast

Food & Drink | FOOD 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 ...