FOOD

Want a Cute Panda Cake for Your Birthday? Here Are 3 Places to Get Them in Japan!

Years ago, MILESTONE, the Western confectionery department within the long-established Japanese sweets brand, Fukuido (福井堂), began to sell 3D Panda Cakes. Basically, a panda cake is a shortcake shaped and decorated like a panda. Some TV shows picked up the cake as a trendy topic and it immediately caught many people’s attention. Back then, I…

PABLO’s Uji Matcha Cheese Tart Is Back for a Limited Time to Grace Our Taste Buds!

Yet again, PABLO’s (パブロ) famous Freshly Baked Uji Matcha Cheese Tart (焼きたて宇治抹茶チーズタルト) is back for a limited time! Among the special limited items in PABLO, this is probably the most awaited one. It is a seasonal tart which uses plenty of matcha in its ingredients. It has a fresh scent with a slightly bitter flavor…

Try Japan’s Top Breakfasts at These 3 Hotels and Inns!

Breakfast is generally considered the most important meal of the day as it provides fuel for the day ahead. While traveling in Japan, the hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese inn) where you are staying at will most likely provide breakfast for its guests, be it in Japanese-style or Western-style. Usually, the Western-style breakfast is…

Support Kumamoto Castle’s Recovery by Purchasing Sapporo’s Special Edition Beer!

In April 2016, a strong earthquake hit Kumamoto (熊本), Japan, killing at least 50 people and displacing many residents to temporary homes. One of the places that suffered a serious damage was the Kumamoto Castle (熊本城), which is considered as one of the three premier castles in the country. Even its distinctive stone walls collapsed…

Do You Like Miso Soup? You Would Love this Japanese Dish from Kyushu!

One of Japan’s greatest treasures is its huge variety of delicious food. The reason why there are quite a number of dishes in Japan is due to its rich and diverse culture and history, as well as the climates which differ in various regions. Therefore, there is an abundance of different local ingredients and food…

Love Beer? Don’t Miss 3 of Japan’s Best Craft Beers this Winter!

When you first mention beer, most people probably associate this beverage with the sweltering summer as it is deemed as the best thirst quencher. However, have you ever considered drinking this during the cold winter? How about diving into the world of Japanese craft beers this season and find out what makes them so appealing?…

Up for a Challenge? Try These 5 Strange Japanese Foods!

When visiting Japan, you might be surprised to see the types of food that Japanese people eat. There is a high chance that you will find some things that you have never tasted before. If you ever come across any of these, don’t be afraid to try them; they might taste better than you think.…

Enjoy Luscious Limited Strawberry Treats at These 5 Places in Japan

At the mention of strawberries eaten in Japan, most people will probably have the impression that this is a fruit typically harvested in spring between March and May. Do you know that these strawberries available in spring are usually grown using natural methods? In order to cope with the high demand for these lovely red…

Feeling Cold? Here Are 4 Japanese “Flower” Hot Pots Perfect for Winter

As days get shorter and the long nights get colder this autumn and winter, what’s the best thing to eat that can provide the much-needed warmth? Look no further than the versatile nabe i.e. hot pot which can take on a dizzying array of variations in Japan! From the common sukiyaki to the motsunabe which…
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