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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, Hiroshima and elsewhere in Japan!

Japanese Green Tea Company – TEA-RRIFIC and awarded Matcha

Jessica Iragne

Like a fine wine, high-quality tea depends on more than pretty packaging. The age of the leaves, their growing conditions, and even soil fertility all impact the final flavor. For us, how tea is grown and the way it’s processed is the secret for crafting a sweet, nutritious tea like no other.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Morgain Le Fae

Jessica Iragne

I was expecting Japan to be more exotic. It actually surprised me, that Japan was more "normal" than I expected it to be. The first thing I saw at the station when I got off, was a young Japanese man who was probably 200 cm of height. Therefore, I totally forgot all assumptions that I had about Japan...

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White Day in Japan – The day the men give back

Rae DeFrane

White Day??? What's the history of this strange twin to everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday you might ask? In the 1977, the CEO of a small confectionary company in Fukuoka called Ishimura Manseido was reading a magazine in his office for inspiration to revitalize sales...

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Why the Japanese Shinkansen is the ultimate form of transportation

Lucy Dayman

It’s not called a bullet train for nothing! The shinkansen can travel at a rate of up to 320 km/h, depending on which train you take. The speed at which you can zoom across the country is staggering. If you factor in the outside time required to catch an airplane (check-in security etc.) in most cases, the shinkansen will be faster.

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Sakuramochi: See Beautiful Cherry Blossoms, then Eat Them?!

Nick Colaccino

Salt and sugar help the world go ‘round. These two essential nutrients are what give sakura mochi its popular appeal. Rest assured: you are supposed to eat the leaf!

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A Crash Course on The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Lucy Dayman

Far more than just a way to enjoy delicious matcha tea and sweets, the Japanese tea ceremony is a tradition that goes back to the ninth century. The origins of the ceremony have roots in Zen Buddism, a religious practice introduced from China.

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Recommended food events in Tokyo – March 2019

Kay Knofi

So you're in Tokyo in March and you're looking for food events? Here are a few we recommend!

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Ask our guides: best places to visit in Winter in the Kansai area

Jessica Iragne

To celebrate the last cold days of winter, this month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Hiroe and Yuko what are their favorite places to visit during the coldest seasons in the Kansai area.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to 5AM Ramen

Jessica Iragne

I’ve been eating ramen since I was old enough to chew. My mother would make the “Sapporo Ichiban” brand instant ramen at home, also adding eggs and various veggies. So I essentially grew up on ramen. As I got older, I started to appreciate ramen on a greater level.

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OSUSUME Japan – USHIO CHOCOLATL & foo CHOCOLATERS

Jessica Iragne

The slogan for Ushio is  “Chocolates not to eat. Feel” ! An increasing number of people are already conscious of the power of respecting raw materials and the importance of knowing who made something and how it was made.  Not only chocolate but much more than that.

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What You Need to Know for Your First Visit to Japan

Lauren Shannon

We asked some of our guides and friends for a few hints on things to know before you arrive. Even if this is your first visit to Japan, here are a few top tips that are sure to make you seem like an insider. We want to help you have a great time traveling around this amazing country!

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What is a Depachika?

Tina

What’s a Depachika? Let me explain. Can you imagine for a minute, food heaven? Any kind of food you could imagine. Desserts, prepared food, lunch boxes, popular treats and gourmet delicacies. Yes, that’s right. Depachika means food heaven, in a basement?!

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

Jessica Iragne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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