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Tokyo Government Now Supporting Non Fluent Foodies?

Have you had problems reading menus at restaurants when traveling in Japan? The Tokyo Metropolitan Government just rolled out a website menu-tokyo.jp to help restaurants create multilingual menus in English, Korean, and Chinese. The coverage of menu items is quite extensive. Just to test out how it works, I selected sashimi as a keyword and [...]

Sake of the week #002: Okunokami

Okunokami Junmai Kassei-Niigori Nama Genshu is a bomb! I don’t mean bad, but so lively, and so nice. And, Toshimaya Shuzo, the brewer of Okunokami, is right here in Tokyo! I am so happy that I can finally say I truly like sake from Tokyo and have a bit of local pride! I have followed [...]

Christmas Dinner at Gomangoku

Why Christmas? We’re already past Groundhog’s Day, right? In the next couple of posts, I am returning to 2008 to post things I missed during the midst of my computer hell in which not one, but two laptops died in my hands. So, think back to December, and I will work my way from there [...]

Happy Tur….tle Day!

Photo credit:panduh:CC by-nc-sa 2.0 “Fugu is not adventurous enough!” my former boss exclaimed when planning a surprise dinner for his guest from the US; he wanted to make it memorable and adventurous. “Have you had suppon?”, he challenged me. I replied that I’d had it once about ten years ago. So, there it was, we [...]

Where to go for morning eats in Tsukiji?

This is the question I have not had the right answer for yet. I was taking a guest to Tsukiji the other morning to see the market. As we wandered around, she asked “Can we go for sushi?” It was 8:30 in the morning. I replied, “Sushi? Well, I don’t think we can get in. [...]

Tsukiji jogai events

Tsukji shows two faces to the world. First is jonai, the giant, enclosed wholesale fish and vegetable market area–this is what most people think of as Tsukiji. But, there is also jogai, this includes all of the shops and restaurants running down the streets adjoining the regular wholesale market. It is easy to focus on [...]

Fall Food and Sake Tasting Menu with Tatsuriki

Once a year in October, Tatsuriki has a very special sit-down dinner pairing their sake with very nice Japanese food. This Tokyo event is something I truly look forward to; it serves as one of my signals that autumn has begun, or it is sake season. Tatsuriki is a very popular brew and is frequently [...]

Now that’s a knife!

If you’ve ever been to Tsukiji, you’ve probably seen some seriously big knives. The fishmongers wield their long, sharp blades with such speed and aplomb that you might not get a really good look at them. Now you can. I discovered some excellent photos of tuna knives from a small shop in Tsukiji by Tony [...]

Smile Nihonshu

I first found out about a sake event called Smile Nihonshu through the Yumegokoro website. The event was held at a reggae bar in Shinjuku and I remember thinking what an odd combination it sounded like. Nihonshu definitely belongs in many settings and occasions, but for some reason, I never associated these two: sake and [...]

Tokyo Sake Meetup: B.Y.O.S

Tokyofoodcast has been hosting a couple sake meetups over the last 6 months and for the first time, we had a Bring Your Own Sake (B.Y.O.S.) party. Picking a bottle for a tasting can be tough, so there was an option to pay a small fee instead of bringing a bottle. Surprisingly, well, but totally [...]

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