Until the18th century, plant-based agriculture was preferred to livestock rearing. This combined with the influence of Buddhism and Shintoism meant that most of the country harboured a vegetarian friendly diet. Emperors regularly issued meat bans and for a while, plant-based diets thrived. A version of this historic cuisine is still available today…
Arigato Japan Amazing Christmas Giveaway– Three great prizes to thank you for all your support in 2019 and wish everyone a fantastic 2020!
Noodles are a staple food in Japan. Referred to as “men”(麺), it’s as common as rice and enjoyed in many different ways such as in broth, dipped, mixed, or fried. This article will explore 7 types of noodles along with how they are different and interesting facts about them. Let’s get started, shall we?
At Arigato Japan we believe FOOD is the best gateway to culture, customs and history and this is true even more in the ancient city of Kyoto. From tea houses more than 300 years old to restaurants that have been serving food for half a millennium, Kyoto has a rich food history that is still relevant today.
December is not just about Christmas and the rush to the new year! There are great foodie events around Tokyo– check out our top three recommendations for making delicious memories around the city.
You have your tickets. You booked your flights. You’ve reserved your accommodations. You’re finally going to Japan for the Olympics. You and the rest of the world. Tokyo is always an amazingly busy city that can be totally overwhelming, and you had better believe that it will be insane during such an exciting, global event.
I have been working with Arigato Japan since May 2019. Sharing Japanese food and culture with people from all over the world has been the most rewarding experience.
Japan is famous for weird and wacky restaurant themes, but this one is sure to carry weight. Macho Cafes or Macho Bars have recently become popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. Although it is quite pricey, you can experience Magic Mike-esque evening with muscley eye-candy.
There are places in the world that just drag you in, and this is certainly one of them. The first time I visited Golden Gai four years ago, I just couldn’t contain my excitement while looking forward to exploring all the bars in the area. We only walked around talking about how we needed to improve our Japanese skills so we could step foot into one of those amazing establishments one day.
Accessible via train from Tokyo (only 30 min from Shibuya), Yokohama is full of activities for families, friends, couples and even solo travelers. Whether you like to visit and learn new aspects of Japanese culture, lighten your wallet and go shopping, eat to your heart’s content, or Kanpai (cheers) with locals using your best Japanese, there is definitely something for everyone.