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Learn about Japanese food through culture and keep up with food trends. Read and learn before your trip to Japan and use our posts to help plan what you want to eat, see and do in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and elsewhere in Japan!

Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Anne-san CEO of Arigato Japan

Jessica Iragne

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There is no better way to discover and immerse in a country's culture than food. Food is a universal language that connects people from all over the world. Joining a food tour will help you discover hidden gems you wouldn't find on your own, expose you to many unique flavors and will allow you to connect with locals like you can never imagine...

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Where to stay in Japan – The Millennials

Jessica Iragne

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Originally Capsule Hotels were known to be cheap and to provide a basic amenities. However, The Millennials just put this concept on another level and offers their guests a whole new experience through social spaces and A LOT of facilities.

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An Elegant Evening in Tokyo Bay on Suship

Lauren Shannon

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The concept behind Suship (sushi + ship) is sophisticated but still approachable. They have thought of everything to make your dining experience a delicious adventure.

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Antenna Shops: Travel Across Japan All in 1 Day

Josh

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As if by magic, it’s possible to virtually visit most of Japan’s forty-seven prefectures through antenna shops located throughout central Tokyo. Antenna shops are local specialty shops sponsored by local governments throughout the country.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Ichigoichielove

Jessica Iragne

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My name is Lisa, I’m half Swedish and half American, but I grew up living a little bit of everywhere. I’ve been living in Tokyo for the past 7-8 years. I’m a senior editor at Tokyo Weekedender magazine.

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Christmas in Japan

Tina

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Christmas in Japan has taken from western traditions and adapted to Japanese needs and culture. As with so much in Japan, the Christmas season is rich with meaningful traditions, and elaborate delicious foods, but it is also very high-tech, sparkly and fun! 

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Arigato Japan Christmas Giveaway – Win a Food Tour in Japan!

Jessica Iragne

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It's already the time sparkly time of year, the smell of the Christmas trees, the beautiful illuminations and of course the warming comfort food. To thank you all for this great year supporting us, the Arigato Japan team wants to offer you a 3-hour food tour for 2 in Tokyo!

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Ask Our Guides: Favorite Arigato Japan Food tour?

Jessica Iragne

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This month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Taena, Mario and Gabi what are their favorite Arigato Japan food tours and why?

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Celebrate with Japanese New Year Foods

Tina

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New year traditions here are ancient and meant to bring health, wealth, and a renewed spirit. Preparations for the new year start off with a practice called Omisoka, where everyone lends a hand in cleaning the house and cooking traditional foods for the osechi ryori in the last few days of the old year.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Sam

Jessica Iragne

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Living in Japan. Coming to Tokyo was definitely the right decision for me. Since I only just graduated, I was still in the cramming groove and picked up basic Japanese relatively fast in language school and after 1 year of 4-hour studying every day, I was pretty confidently conversational...

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10 Healthy Ways to Use Matcha

Jessica Iragne

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The key thing about matcha is the antioxidants that are integral to its nature—hundreds of times more than regular green tea. That’s led people to try to learn more ways to use matcha and gain those benefits. This graphic gives you some tasty, health-boosting options.

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Katsuobushi: Fun Fish Flakes

Tina

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Have you heard of dashi? Or Bonito flakes? Both of these are born from Katsuobushi an essential ingredient used to create the infamous umami flavor in much of Japanese cuisine. Katsuobushi is dried and fermented skipjack tuna usually shaved into flakes. Like so many things in Japan, katsuobushi is deeply rooted in history, culture, and tradition.

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Ask Our Guides: Favorite Autumn food

Jessica Iragne

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Find the best advice from local experts! This month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Jennifer, Haruka and Ryuichi what are their favorite Autumn foods and why?

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Amelie Marie in Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

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From our Expat Series--- "The first time I travelled to Japan was in 2007. Although I was familiar with the culture and the scenery thanks to Japanese animation, manga and generally speaking, thanks to Japanese pop culture, I must tell I was in shock during my first days in Tokyo! I come from a relatively small French town, so the vastness of Tokyo, the tall buildings, the super urban sceneries surprised me."

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15 reasons why you still need to go to Tsukiji even though the inner market moved

Lauren Shannon

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The historic wholesale market has moved to new swanky (but sadly, institutional looking diggs) but there is still so much to see and do at the old outer market and surrounding neighborhood.  You really need to keep this on your must-see list. 

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Fall Foliage in Tokyo

Kate

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One of the biggest and most popular activities in Autumn is to go "Koyo" (Viewing Fall-foliage). Koyo refers to the phenomenon of changing autumn colors, mainly when it occurs to the leaves of deciduous broadleaf trees before the leaves fall to the ground. Much like Cherry Blossom trees, the momiji trees are the most famous for Koyo viewing for their vibrant red color.

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Ask our guides: Where to go for a day trip close to Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

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Want to take a day trip out side of Tokyo? Discover great advice from our passionate guides and local experts  in this new series "Ask Our Guides"!

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Warmcheaptrips

Jessica Iragne

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Being an Expat Japan foreigner I have found that this is an amazing country also for its peculiar and sometimes crazy culture and rules. Visiting Japan is a trip among contrasts, opposite cultures and a lot of ancient habits. Don’t judge Japan or ask “why”, just take it as it comes!

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Happy Halloween Tokyo 2018

Kate

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Halloween in Japan is a unique experieince and the best place to participate in in Shibuya, Tokyo! Get all the details for 2018 Halloween right here!

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Your AirBNB was Cancelled in Japan! Now what?

Lauren Shannon

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What to do and where to stay if your AirBNB in Japan was cancelled under the recent regulations. This post is a great list of accommodations and other tips for booking your visit to Tokyo, Kyoto and other spots in Japan.

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Watch this Video– Street Food Tour in Shibuya, Tokyo

Lauren Shannon

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Check out this awesome vlog of one of our most popular Tokyo food tours! So much good food and fun. Follow the adventures of TelevisionOfNomads and see for yourself.

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Tsukiji Fish Market: The One Guide to Rule them All

Lauren Shannon

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The markets and neighborhood around Tsujiji are among my favorite places in Tokyo. Visiting stalls, having the freshest sushi in the world, browsing terrific kitchen tools, finding the perfect handmade sushi chef's knife, eating mochi, drinking green tea-- the area has no end of experiences to enjoy.

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Flavors of Winter: Japanese Yuzu

Josh

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About the size of a tangerine, the truly unique flavor of yuzu is commonly described as a mashup of Meyer lemon, mandarin orange and grapefruit. The most common way of using fresh yuzu is usually thinly julienned slivers of the brilliant yellow zest to garnish Japanese cuisine or accent noodle or hot pot dishes.

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Oden – Traditional, Wintery Taste of Japan

Gigi

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Oden is a light and easily digestible Japanese stew, very warming in the cold winter months. The savory flavor goes well with rice, noodles and sake.  This comfort food can be enjoyed solo or with a group of friends.

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All About Kaki — the Must Try Autumn Flavor of Japan

Josh

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In Japan, as a harbinger of autumn, kaki seem to conjure up thoughts of all the delicious foods to come with the season. There are two main types of persimmon available almost everywhere in Japan.

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Kampai to Craft Beer in Japan

Craig

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Japanese craftsmen and women are well known for having an eye for detail, passion, and a taste for high quality ingredients...

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5 More Summer Sensational Flavors (part 2)

Saki

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Following up on our Top 5 Summer Foods post -- here are 5 more must try dishes to beat the heat in a sweltering Japan in August! Take a look at these summer favorites and book one of our tasty food tours during your stay in Japan.

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Sipping Summer Sake

Delilah

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Perfect for sweltering-hot Japanese summers, cold sake is served around a refreshing 8 degrees Celsius. Its delicate aroma contrasts the intense flavor and goes well with mildly sweet and sour foods.

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5 Tasty Summer Foods in Japan

Saki

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Although the summer season in Japan is hot and humid, these amazing seasonal foods will definitely boost your appetite and cool you down! You can try not only typical summer ice-creams but also a variety of tasty festival food.

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Beer Culture in Japan

Satoshi

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Japan has a unique beer culture and brands which might not be as well known or popular as sake (nihonshu or rice wine) but for me, when you start understanding the culture of beer probably you can learn more about what's unique about Japan.

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Mayo in Japan is Just So Darn Delicious!

Craig

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Mayonnaise is never far away from a meal in Japan. Whether it’s attached to your convenience store bento (lunch box), on a side dish at lunch, or a pocket size bottle called, ‘My Mayo’, bought from a variety store, it’s a daily condiment.

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Terrific Tofu

Kathrin

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Tofu comes in many shapes and sizes. The versatile ingredient can be baked, grilled, stir-fries, cooked or even served as a sauce, shake, or salad dressing. Depending on how you want to use it, you can buy extra soft, soft, firm, or extra firm tofu.

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Fantastic Festival Food in Japan

Josh

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Summer Matsuri (festival) season is just around the corner in Japan, here's a roundup of the must taste experiences to put on your trip plan!

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Sushi Go Round; the ins and outs of Kaiten

Laura

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No visit to Japan is complete without a visit to the sushi bar. Kaiten sushi is a great way to experience many kinds of sushi, but you also want to make sure that you get the best experience. Knowing what to expect and how to use all of the additional condiments correctly will enhance your experience at any kaiten sushi restaurant.

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Osaka Famous Streetfood: Takoyaki

Craig

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Osaka is widely known in Japan to be the food capital of the the country. The city streets are overflowing with places that you can pick up some Takoyaki, along with many other delights. Takoyaki, is something that Osakan people are extremely proud of, and are happy to share their favorite spot with you.

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All About Marvelous Matcha

Molly

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Learn about Matcha, historical, ceremonial, healthy and Fun! Want to experience a nearly thousand year old tradition in Japan, or enjoy the health benefits provided by matcha? You can taste it for yourself with Arigato Japan Food Tours!

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Tokyo Coffee Culture

Craig

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The coffee culture in Japan is in a very exciting time. Young Japanese people are truly embracing this third wave of coffee, with roasteries popping up everywhere. Many of these cafe's are opening in the residential areas. They are keeping clear of the high streets, and relying on wholesale, the locals, and passionate coffee lovers for their daily trade.

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5 Must Try Foods in Kyoto

Akari

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The Kyoto area has a lot of pure, underground, spring water. This clean, clear water is does not have a lot of hard minerals and tastes pure and mild. Because of this water quality, Kyoto’s tofu, tea, sake, and many other foods are so delicious. Today I’d like to introduce you to 5 famous Kyoto foods.

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Onigiri: Japan’s Most Loved Snack

Kathrin

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Onigiri is the perfect snack to carry around and enjoy while traveling Japan. With countless tastes and flavors at hand, anyone - even the most picky eater - will definitely find a rice ball to his or her liking. An essential part of Japanese food culture, onigiri are an absolute must-try when in Japan.

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Washoku: Japanese Food and Culture

Molly

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Washoku has deep roots in Japanese history, with cooking and serving techniques dating back over 400 years. While Washoku is extremely traditional, it is also flexible.

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