28 Nov | Michelle Lam |No Comments

Kyoto: 100+ Years of Food History

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.

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16 Oct | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Eating on the Road: Snack Attack in Japan

Traveling is always fun and exciting, but amongst the days of planes, trains and automobiles, one of the hardest parts of travel can be the simple act of finding your next meal. In this article, we’re going to explore some fun and easy options to chow-down on the go in the land of the rising sun.

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11 Sep | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Staff of the Month August 2019: Jenkie from Tokyo

Today we’re more than happy to introduce you to Jenkie, from our Tokyo team. This month is a bit special because Jenkie is not a guide but she is very important to the whole company and our operations at Arigato Japan…

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7 Sep | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Fake Food in Japan: The World’s Most Delicious Looking Plastic

If you have ever been to Japan, you might have seen plastic models of food in the windows of restaurants, displaying the edible counterparts that lay within. These are called ‘sampuru’ or ‘sample’ and have been part of the Japanese economy and food culture for nearly one hundred years…

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2 Sep | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

The Saba Kaido: Kyoto’s Historic Mackerel Highway

The peaks of northern Kyoto are crisscrossed with roads and trails that wind through valleys and over mountain passes to Fukui Prefecture and the Japan Sea. Since at least the Heian Period (794-1185), the mountain passes have connected the imperial capital to the port of Obama City, which was a hub for marine goods. The Saba Kaido (kaido 街道 usually translates to “old road”) that connected these ancient areas…

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23 Aug | Eleonora Badellino |No Comments

SA-SHI-SU-SE-SO The Basic Rules of Japanese Cooking

When you decide to start cooking Japanese Food in your kitchen, you realized that just having the best ingredients is not enough if you want to prepare a good meal…

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21 Aug | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

Ayu: Still Time to Enjoy a Taste of Summer

Generally considered to be the most savory river fish in Japan, ayu is a staple food at the many festivals and barbecues throughout the summer months.

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3 Aug | Kirsty Bouwers |No Comments

Sukiyaki: how and where to eat this popular dish

Learn about the iconic dish Sukiyaki and our recommendation of where to try a delicious version in downtown Tokyo.

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26 Jul | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Family Friendly Eats: Eating Out and About in Japan

Food is a beautiful and delicious way to push us out of our comfort zones and experience a new culture. That being said, food is tied tightly to our emotions, and if you are travelling with children or particularly picky-eaters, it can cause a rift in your travelling party and unneeded stress for everyone.

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16 Jul | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

Run (to the Supermarket)! It’s Kyoho Budo!

Every summer, a purple monster comes down from the mountains to wreak havoc on frugivores’ wallets throughout the land. This giant’s name is Kyoho (巨峰ぶどう kyoho budo) and it’s a grape of epic proportions.

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Three new delicious traditional Sake (rice wine) inspired KitKat Yuzu-Sake (citrus) Regular Sake and Ume (sweet plum) Sake #trythemall #kitkat #japanesesnacks #tokyotokyo #oldmeetsnew ...

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So happy to share our #giveaway snacks with @madgirlwithabox5 ! Stay tuned— amazing annual Christmas giveaway Coming Soon! ...

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Tuna Sashimi tasting plate! Tuna comes in many cuts and styles. Please continue it is one of the most popular fish for sashimi in Japan, but there are so many ways to try it. Also the word for tuna in Japanese is maguro. But each type of maguro Sashimi has a different Japanese name! Don’t be confused, come with us on a food tour and we will help you learn all the great sushi and sashimi you need to order and what everything is called in Japanese! #japanfoodtour #nosushinolife #tokyo ...

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