For in truth, the traditional Japanese izakaya is neither a bar nor a restaurant, but perhaps best described as somewhere in-between.
Sometimes its something as basic as a cup of coffee brewed just the way they like it. Other times it can be simple food items, and sometimes it can be something much more complex. So join me today as we look at the top 5 items that you can only get in Japan, and the Japanese themselves can’t live without.
Stuck in the middle of tourist hotspots such as Tokyo station, Ginza, and Akihabara, it would be easy to overlook Kanda (神田). This part of the town never makes it onto the lists of top ten things to do in Tokyo. Ever heard of it?
Japan has recently experienced a boom in craft beers over the past few years as a result of a law-change that made it easier to produce beer on a smaller scale. Anyway, the title of this article is ‘Japan’s Strangest Beers’, so here is a list of five interesting beers that the country has produced in the last few years – some good, some bad!
With a tagline like, fresh roasted coffee and worldwide finds, you might be fooled into thinking that it is a waste of time to stop by this store on a trip to Japan. With pockets of products from all regions in Japan, it is one of my favourite shops to browse, and dare I say, dig through. Kaldi Coffee Farm is here for you!
It’s that time of year again folks. Time to put your dieting drive and your alcohol abstinence to one side and enjoy a few cold ones with friend again under the hot summer sun. Beer Garden season has returned to Japan once again.
As with any party, it is not the event itself, but the people that make it the great event it is. Of course, having plenty of good food and drink to hand also helps. If you’ve just recently moved to Japan, or if you are just visiting here sometime in April then there are few better ways to get to know your Japanese friends a bit better than by partaking in a Hanami party.
If you ask around, people would probably lament that the cost of living in Tokyo is high. This boils down to the question - with a limited budget, is enjoying Tokyo ever possible? One of my greatest joys when travelling is to indulge in good food. If your budget is not catered towards the high-end restaurants, is it still possible to enjoy a good meal in Tokyo?