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This Lovely Izakaya Chain in Japan Will Take You Back to the Showa Period!

A trip to Japan will make most people aware of the nation’s drinking culture. Not only do the Japanese pride themselves on sake (or nihonshu or shochuu if you want to be technical), but they also have a wide variety of cocktails that is sure to never bore any man or woman old enough to…

Live Like a Sumo Wrestler for an Evening at this Gorgeous Restaurant in Tokyo

Have you ever wondered what sumo wrestlers eat? Are you curious about what training grounds for sumo wrestlers look like? Then head over to Kappo Yoshiba and savor eating sumo wrestler’s staple food while appreciating the art of Japanese architecture and traditional sumo performances. Kappo Yoshiba (割烹 吉葉) kapou-yoshiba.jp/ Kappo Yoshiba has a long history…

Who is the Pretty Japanese Actress in This TV Commercial?

In July 2016 there was a Japanese TV commercial on television that has captured our hearts because the lady in it exudes such a pretty girl-next-door vibe! Do you know the Japanese actress who shows us how beautiful she looks when she dons a yukata in this new commercial? Summer Kimono The commercial featuring Erika…

Alcoholic Beverages in Japan: A Cocktail Lover’s Paradise

As I don’t drink beer or strong spirits, cocktails are my drink of choice when I want an alcoholic beverage to relax with in the evening. When I lived in China, I found there was very little choice for the non-beer / non-strong-spirit drinker, and would often be unable to find anything at all that…
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3 Types of Japanese Alcohol to Keep You Warm this Winter!

Winter in Japan can be rough. Even though the weather is cold, in many places there is hardly any snow to help you enjoy it. The last thing you feel like doing after freezing through a work day is come home to find out that the inside of the fridge is warmer than your apartment.…

Traditional Liquor Shochu: Pride of Japan

Shochu should never be mistaken with sake. It is a Japanese distilled beverage which is stronger than wine and sake. It has quite a long history with its first existence dating back to 1546. It has its origins in Kyushu but can be found all over Japan these days. Shochu Origin speaklikenative.com/ Shochu means “burned…

Sake, what exactly is it?

Author’s photo In most of the Western world, Japanese wine distilled from rice is commonly known as “sake”. As with the Western tradition of wine, Japanese sake comes in many, many types of flavors, features a wide range of dryness to sweetness, a variety of infusions, varying clarity, prices, and recommended food pairings. In Japanese,…