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Irish eyes are smiling in Japan

Events Mar 16, 2019

Irish eyes are smiling in Japan

The first ever St. Patrick's Day parade in Tokyo made history for a number of reasons — least of all for the fact that it was the first such parade in Asia, and it unfolded on a sidewalk in Roppongi. On March 15, 1992, a ...

Declan Somers: Having fun with fundraising

People | 20 QUESTIONS Mar 9, 2019

Declan Somers: Having fun with fundraising

Name: Declan Somers Age: 45 Nationality: Irish Occupation: Director, Seibo Japan Likes: Kaki-pī rice crackers, ramen, melon pan pastries, cans of highball Dislikes: Oden, oden, oden (stewed hotpot) 1. Seibo Japan is a nonprofit organizations, what does it do? We provide hot school meals every day to 14,000 kids in Malawi, ...

The 'Ten Commandments' of running a genuine Irish pub

Food & Drink Feb 10, 2019

The 'Ten Commandments' of running a genuine Irish pub

British bars are ubiquitous in Kansai, but a genuine Irish establishment should follow these "Ten Commandments": Don't put a Union Jack on the front door. Or behind the door, above the bar, on the ceiling or anywhere near a pint of Guinness. I'm not against ...

The meteoric rise of Nogami's fluffy <I>shokupan</I>

Food & Drink Feb 9, 2019

The meteoric rise of Nogami's fluffy shokupan

Founded by Yuji Sakagami, bread shop Nogami sells about 20,000 loaves of its famous nama shokupan ("fresh" bread) per day, making it one of Japan's most beloved breads. The secret to its success is the texture of its crust.