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Kyoto tea merchant’s matcha parfait ice cream bars: The desserts we’ve been waiting 187 years for

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Japan is big on limited-time, seasonal dessert flavors, but green tea ice cream has earned a year-round spot in the hearts, and stomachs, of sweets fans. But while a scoop or swirl of matcha ice cream is plenty appealing all on its own, it becomes truly transcendent when you combine it with other… Read

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Japan now has crab fish paste sticks that taste like soda

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Over the years, Japan has been reinventing the way we eat bread with new butters and spreads featuring the flavors of mint chocolate, coffee, and even matcha. But now the Ichimasa brand of kanikama “salad sticks”, which are faux crab pieces made from minced white fish paste, is taking the trend even further by… Read

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All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!?

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Akio Arima runs a ramen restaurant on Ishigakijima, one of the most beautiful islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Ordinarily, his restaurant, called Yaeyama Style, should be packed with summer travelers, but on a recent day the 42-year-old Arima only served noodles to two diners, and that was the total for both the lunch and dinner “crowds.” But… Read

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Drink to that: Small foreign brands find space on local shelves

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Anybody who has lived in Japan for a while will be familiar with the fleeting nature of food and drink trends. Take bubble tea, for example. New pop-up shops appear every week, and people line up for a city block to try a new flavor. But soon the tea may be gone. It’s… Read

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Appetizing prospects: Uber founder takes aim at S Korea's shared kitchen market

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Chef Youm Jung-phil plans to close his restaurant in Seoul's affluent Gangnam district this month, worn down by the rising cost of labor and rent as well as declines in the number of customers eating in. Instead Youm, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, has opted… Read

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Cheddar in a souffle? French chef rages at Michelin over lost star

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Flamboyant French chef Marc Veyrat has railed against Michelin, demanding that his top restaurant be withdrawn from the guide, after telling AFP that its inspectors claimed he had used English Cheddar cheese in his souffle. Veyrat, who lost one of the maximum three stars for his La Maison des Bois… Read

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Ramen-covered fried chicken is coming to Japanese convenience stores

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Japan’s convenience stores are locked in a never-ending battle for cheap, convenient, and delicious dominion over our taste buds. In the fried chicken arena, the Lawson chain generally comes out on top, largely thanks to its Karaage-kun line of fried chicken, which has been offered in flavors such as extra-spicy, cheese, Black Hole, and Final Fantasy. And… Read

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Hello Kitty and Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku team up

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If what you love about Japan is Hello Kitty, Harajuku fashion, and everything cute, then you’re in luck; quite possibly the cutest and most colorful collaboration is coming to Japan this summer, when Harajuku’s famous Kawaii Monster Cafe teams up with Japan’s beloved cat girl character to celebrate the love of all things adorable.… Read

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A visit to Japan's oldest tempura restaurant

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One of the unique aspects of the Japanese culinary world is the prevalence of senmonten, or specialized restaurants. Senmonten focus on one specific kind of dish, with the logic being that the intense devotion and deep experience their chefs acquire will translate into a transcendentally delicious meal. For example, the senmonten Sansada just makes tempura, and that’s… Read

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A cool summer treat, these parfait cups are seafood rice bowls in disguise

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If you live in a country like Japan where summers can get muggy and uncomfortable, it's only natural to seek out relief in the form of ice cold drinks, cool and refreshing chilled foods, and of course, iced desserts. When it comes to parfaits, you're well served in Japan with… Read

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