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Coca-Cola celebrates 3 festivals from northern Japan in one design sold exclusively in Tohoku

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A few years ago, Coca-Cola Japan launched their regional bottle designs that celebrate famous landmarks and traditions in major Japanese cities. These elusive aluminium bottles of coke can only be found in the specific regions they feature, making them fun souvenirs from any trips around Japan. Northern prefectures such as… Read

Food

Fruit daifuku – A Japanese mochi dessert that’s simple to make and awesome to experiment with

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Mochi comes in a lot of different forms, but just about everyone agrees that one of the best is daifuku. These sweet dumplings aren’t just delicious, they’re versatile too, and as proof today we’re going to make three different types of fruit daifuku that look and taste great. For our dessert project, we used… Read

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Tokyo luxury hotel teams up with Cup Noodle for 50th anniversary ramen cocktails and course meals

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One wouldn’t normally associate the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a well-established luxury hotel (and first high-rise hotel in Japan) in Tokyo’s Nishi-Shinjuku district, with the humble and cheap cup instant ramen brand Nissin Cup Noodle. However, this year they do have one very particular thing in common–each of them is celebrating the… Read

Food

346-year-old confectionery maker combines 'moji' and 'mochi' to make 'Emochi,' sweets with a smile

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While "emoji" has become part of the global lexicon, it's originally a Japanese word -- 絵文字 (emoji, meaning "picture word"), and has same meaning that it has come to have in English -- a pictorial symbol or picture text. The expressive yellow faces often communicate what words alone won't, and… Read

Food

Booze made from wood coming soon in Japan

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Wood has been used to make alcohol since ancients times, but it tends to be of the toxic and disgusting variety reserved for illegal moonshine or antifreeze. It wasn’t until very recently that the Forest Research and Management Organization of Japan found a new way to make a far more… Read

Food

Michelin Guide gyoza in Tokyo: Worthy of the accolade?

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Recently, our reporters Go Hatori and Takashi Harada have been taste-testing unusual gyoza from around the country, but little did they know that one of Japan’s most lauded dumplings was hiding right under their noses in Tokyo. Recommended to them by a reader, these gyoza come from Maruyama Gyoza Seisakusho (Maruyama Gyoza Factory) in… Read

Food

Kewpie debuts plant-based scrambled egg substitute for instant breakfast

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Kewpie, Japan's leading maker of mayonnaise, isn't just known for their standard mayo. Even just recently, Kewpie has putting twists on their creamy and mellow mayo by releasing smoky mayonnaise intended for drinking snacks, as well as a rich curry mayo spread for toast. The mayo maker's latest concoction doesn't come in… Read

Food

Brownie specialty store Côte Cour adds Orangette Brownie to their summer lineup

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If there ever was a place that created the most perfect of treats, it would be located somewhere in Japan. With bakeries, patisseries, smoothie parlors and sweet buffets all thoughtfully and artistically run by artisans and masters of sugar craft, it’s easy to see why this country can be a… Read

Food

Cup Noodle evolves its mystery meat into mystery 'karaage' with fried chicken ramen

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Nissin's flagship instant ramen Cup Noodle has seen itself reinvented in many forms during its long run as the go-to for quick noodle cravings, including protein packed "pro" versions and even certified space food. Whether enjoyed on earth or on the International Space Station, however, the constant savory morsel of Cup Noodle's "mystery… Read

Food

Flying beef bowls? Yoshinoya completes drone delivery of its signature gyudon

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The phrase “when pigs fly” refers to some sort of theoretically possible, but realistically unfeasible, future situation. But while pigs remain rooted to terra firma, this week beef bowls flew in Japan. On Thursday, Yoshinoya completed a drone delivery of its flagship dish, the gyudon/beef bowl. The airlifted lunches flew through the skies of the… Read

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