Tag - izakaya



Essentially ramen broken down into a few constituent parts, 'tsukemen' was the creation of a Tokyo chef in 1961.
Jul 7, 2024
How Tokyo’s ‘deconstructed ramen’ became a national favorite
Like other twists on quintessential Japanese dishes, ‘tsukemen’ has a decidedly more modern origin than you might think.
With the vegan lifestyle becoming more popular in recent years, Japanese restaurants and inns have begun to offer more vegetarian options.
Jul 4, 2024
Asking for food substitutions at a Japanese restaurant
If you're vegetarian, vegan or have some kind of allergy, then knowing how to ask about what you're eating is an essential skill to have.
"Rintaro: Japanese Food from an Izakaya in California" is a welcome reminder of how Japanese basics are best done and, perhaps, how to get a little closer to how things still should be.
May 26, 2024
A California dreamin’ cookbook of 'izakaya' favorites
In an age where traditional knowledge is being forgotten, “Rintaro: Japanese Food from an Izakaya in California” is a treasure trove.
Yakitori chain Torikizoku will open outlets in Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of its planned expansion into the Asian market.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 27, 2024
Restaurant chain Torikizoku to open branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Specific details regarding the number of restaurants and finalized opening dates in Hong Kong and Taiwan are yet to be determined.
A snack bar tour guide typically escorts three to four people, taking them to two different snacks in one evening and quizzing the group on Japanese language and snack culture.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 7, 2024
‘Snack bars' the target of Tokyo’s newest tour push
The English-language tours began in December last year and are currently conducted two to three times a week in Tokyo.
The Shimbashi area of Tokyo's Minato Ward is crowded with office workers on Friday.
Dec 20, 2023
Pubs in Japan thriving again as year-end parties return
On Friday night, many drinking places in the Shimbashi district of Tokyo's Minato Ward were packed with customers.
Fumiyuki Kinsu (left) and Shun Sato are the driving forces behind Censu's wine-loving approach to Japanese cuisine.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 8, 2023
Censu: An izakaya where wine outshines beer and sake
Censu’s eclectic cuisine is rooted in Japanese culinary vernacular but takes in the breadth of chef Shun Sato’s diverse experiences abroad.
Kyoko Yafuso and her son Keiju Togei pose in front of their store in the Sunrise Naha shopping street.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Sep 4, 2023
Tired Naha shopping arcade evolves into city’s best dining spot
Until about 10 years ago, the central shopping arcade around the Heiwa-dori street in Naha was deserted, with most stores closed and few visitors.
M-Sys President Masao Takikawa stands in front of a Yakiton Daikoku izakaya pub that opened in Sendai's Kokubuncho entertainment district.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Aug 15, 2023
Sendai pub chain boosts performance with better work conditions
Sendai-based M-Sys has implemented a policy of offering monthly pay of ¥300,000 to new hires.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 11, 2022
Izakaya pubs see spike in bookings for year-end parties
The situation for the 'izakaya' industry has improved drastically from the past two years, when such pubs were deserted amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 3, 2022
Across Tokyo, a retro-chic izakaya revolution
Neon on the walls, K-pop on TV, and, of course, cheap eats and drinks up. Have izakaya (Japanese pubs) found the secret to success with young revelers?
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2021
Meet the unofficial mayor of New York’s ‘Little Tokyo’
With little fanfare, since the 1980s Bon Yagi has helped transform New York's grungy East Village into a trendy hub for Japanese cuisine. His motto? “Visit Japan without airfare.”
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 15, 2021
Japanese-style pubs report losses but sales at fast-food chains soar
A drop in the number of people dining out amid the coronavirus pandemic hit izakaya pub operators hard, while takeout demand boosted fast-food chains.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 16, 2021
Popular pub chain shuts 20% of its Tokyo locations due to pandemic
The owner of several popular pub chains said it was shutting down 20% of its bars in Tokyo, saying the latest lockdown measures made it difficult to keep them open.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2021
Shuka Nomoto: An intimate toast to 2021
This Ebisu-based izakaya is small, stylish and serves top-notch food — just what we need to carry us through 2021.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2020
Create your own ‘at-home izakaya’ with daikon appetizers
With COVID-19 cases once again rising, why not sharpen your izakaya appetizer cooking skills with this warming simmered daikon and spicy stir-fry?
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2020
Shoto Lamp carries on a shining culinary lineage
Nobuhiro Kakinoki may have opened his restaurant during troubled times, but all the essential elements are in his favor.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2020
Sowado: Inscrutable facade conceals upscale izakaya
Tokyo restaurants don't get harder to book than chef Hideaki Sakai's highly anticipated second venue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 14, 2020
Supercomputer-developed face shields may offer lifeline for Japan's restaurant industry
Using the Fugaku supercomputer, the world's fastest, a consortium of Japanese researchers has developed a wrap-around face shield that can more effectively block airborne droplets and reduce exposure to the coronavirus for diners at pubs and restaurants.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 9, 2020
Colowide succeeds in hostile takeover bid for competitor Ootoya
Izakaya pub operator Colowide plans to replace more than half of the board at Ootoya, which had opposed the takeover bid amid concerns changes will lower food quality.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals