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5 France-based Japanese chefs feeding doctors during coronavirus fight

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Five Japanese chefs came together and put their skills to work on Sunday to show their appreciation for the staff of a hospital in Dijon, France, who are working to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Takashi Kinoshita, 40, head chef at the hotel and restaurant Chateau de Courban in… Read

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Kawagoe: Sweet potato capital of the eastern world

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Roasted sweet potatoes are a popular street food all over East Asia. In Japan, they’re called yaki-imo (焼き芋). Yaki-imo vendors first appeared on the streets of Japan more than 100 years ago. Yaki-imo vendors would travel the city hawking their fares from large cast-iron ovens mounted on handcarts and their plaintive cries became synonymous… Read

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Miku Hatsune sakura cafe celebrates springtime with ultimate vocaloid

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Character cafes are an integral part of Japan’s geek culture and this spring, fans of the vocaloid genre are being treated to a seasonal menu thanks to a legend of the game, Hatsune Miku. The cherry blossom inspired cafe, titled "Sakura Miku" is currently taking place in the Animate Cafe… Read

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Gourmet guide: Japan’s most popular miso soup ranking in 2020

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Japan’s traditional miso soup has grown in popularity overseas as well due to its gentle and delicious flavor. Many people in Japan still drink miso soup in the morning, some even do it during every meal of the day. A few of my Japanese friends recommend to drink it after… Read

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Gluten-free sandwich store opens doors in Kichijoji, Tokyo

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The Sandwich. One of life’s subtle and greatest pleasures. Two slices of fluffy bread between which just about anything can be stuffed, including other meals (here’s to you Christmas dinner leftover sandwich!) Refined over centuries, into such perfect variations as the breakfast barm cake, the grilled cheese, or the mighty… Read

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'America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20

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There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There’s an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to identify and make it.… Read

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Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi reopens with brand new look, concept

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Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi was the first Book & Cafe established in 2003 when the Roppongi Hills complex opened. This symbol of Roppongi Keyakizaka street underwent renovation for a few months and opened its doors again on March 7. Their new concept is “Roppongi’s foreign bookstore,” with over 30,000 foreign language… Read

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7 Japanese superfoods to boost your immune system

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Many traditional Japanese foods are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and even beneficial bacteria (for optimal gut health). Forget the pills and potions—try these Japanese superfoods to naturally keep your body healthy and your immune system strong by adding these to your next grocery store haul. 1.Matcha Matcha was consumed in… Read

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Savoring truffle pasta & red wine in Omotesando with Sarah Crago

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In a cozy Tokyo neighborhood sandwiched between Omotesando and Shibuya, an Australian chef and business owner serves up truffle pasta paired with red wine almost every night to regulars and tourists. Savvy Tokyo sat down with Sarah Craigo to find out how and why an experienced marketer and foodie made the… Read

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French chefs cook up antidote to virus confinement

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Frustrated at stay-at-home confinement, France's celebrity chefs are cooking up an antidote to the gloomy days of pandemic and quarantine with the help of television and social networks. "Today it's not chef Lignac talking, it’s Cyril who like all French people has to do his shopping near where he lives,"… Read

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