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For J.J. O'Donoghue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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.