25 Sep | Denise Aoki |No Comments

From Spring to Winter – Fall in Love with Japan All Year Long

Have you ever fallen in love with a place on the first day you arrived? Well, Japan is one of those countries that you can easily fall in love with on your first trip, and I daresay that you can fall in love with the land of the rising sun not only once, but four times a year!

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29 May | Thuy Nguyen |No Comments

Slimy Yet Unexpectedly Delicious Japanese Food

When thinking about Japanese food, most people would immediately think about tempura, ramen, or okonomiyaki. But do you know that in Japan, there are a lot of traditional dishes that are sticky, smelly, but unexpectedly delicious? Those “bizarre” dishes are loved by locals not only for their taste, but also because of their immense health benefits and interesting textures…

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27 Feb | Norma |No Comments

Saga Collective, Crafts to Conquer the World

It is always nice to see local efforts to highlight the best of a special place. Recently Arigato Japan had the pleasure to be invited by the Saga Collective to sample regional products from Saga Prefecture, an area on the north side of the Kyushu Island of the Japan.

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25 Feb | Petra Sufliarska |No Comments

March 2020 Kyoto Foodie Events

With March marking the beginning of spring, it’s not only nature that’s entering a new season, but the foodie world as well. Have a look at a couple of the exciting events available in Kyoto this March.

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21 Feb | Sneha Nagesh |No Comments

Yatsuhashi – Kyoto’s Famous Sweet Souvenir

Kyoto has innumerable souvenirs to choose from. Yet, one souvenir continues to outrank the rest. Yatsuhashi is one of the most popular souvenirs from Kyoto. Some studies have shown that over 40% of the tourists visiting Kyoto, Japanese or otherwise, take yatsuhashi back with them as a souvenir for their loved ones.

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17 Feb | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

Yanaka: Slow Down in Tokyo’s “Old Town”

Just northeast of Ueno Park and next to Nippori Station on the Yamanote Line, Yanaka is as quaint as it is urban. From the quiet side streets around the famous Himalayan Cedar to the bustling market of Yanaka Ginza, then over to the austere temples and serene cemeteries, and down to the avante garde art houses, Yanaka is a vibrant neighborhood with a deep history.

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13 Feb | Darren |No Comments

Top 5 Traditional Foods in Hiroshima

After WWII Hiroshima took pride in rebuilding the city, and local people also took traditional Hiroshima food to another level. Here, I will explain the top 5 traditional food dishes that you must try while you are exploring Hiroshima Prefecture during your vacation….

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2 Feb | Michelle Lam |No Comments

Kaiseki Ryouri – Historical Haute Cuisine

Kaiseki ryouri evolved throughout the ages. From simple meals served at a tea ceremony to fancy Heian imperial court cuisine with influence from the Buddhist boom during the Kamakura period, to the emphasis upon balance from the Muromachi age of Samurais, modern Kaiseki cuisine has been shaped by many aspects of Japanese culture and history – and now you can taste these dishes too.

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29 Jan | Sneha Nagesh |No Comments

Popular Japanese Winter Sweets

Traditional sweets in japan reflect the seasons in both ingredients and appearance. Inspired by nature, these delicious and beautiful desserts are a must try when you visit in Japan.

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22 Jan | Norma |No Comments

February Events and Setsubun in Tokyo 2020

February is full of great foodie events in Tokyo. Check out our must do and see list for this wintery season! From Setsubun to Star Wars, from old traditions to new theme cafes there is something for everyone.

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