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Whatever you do during this pandemic, don’t forget to keep eating. Here are some ways to liven up your diet if you’re in Japan, from delivery (recommended) and takeout to sit-down (quietly, please) options:

  • The past year has seen massive growth in Japan’s food delivery industry. Uber Eats might be your go-to for ordering delivery for now, but it’s not the only option out there. Zanete Zujeva serves up four equally noteworthy food delivery services to ease your hunger pangs.
  • The proverbial bread and butter of restaurant menus across Japan is teishoku. Fortunately, teishoku translates fairly well to the bento format, meaning it’s still possible to order safely, and relatively inexpensively, from your favorite locations. Claire Williamson presents five restaurants in Tokyo boasting tasty, healthy takes on the classic format and relaxed ambience.
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Twillo | PLAY TOKYO
  • Baika is a charming Osaka neighborhood with a small-town feel. Here, restaurants and cafes are housed in antiquated buildings, and a close-knit DIY artist community has taken up residence in old warehouses and refurbished shops by the waterfront. Matt Kaufman takes readers on a crawl through an area untouched by time. Probably best bookmarked for post-emergency exploration.
  • With temperatures dropping, what could be more comforting than Hokkaido soup curry? By far the most reliable way of hitting your daily veg quota when eating out in Japan, it is also highly customizable, making it the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure meal. Florenyna Leow shares five of Tokyo’s best bowls.
  • There’s a small, white street cart lined with candles and Baccarat crystal glasses that mysteriously appears at midnight on the streets of Tokyo, writes Phoebe Amoroso. Twillo’s owner never announces the location, but instead posts descriptions on Twitter, alongside a theme of the day — an invitation for those dedicated enough to head out into the city past the last train for an adventure.

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