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New Volcanic Japanese KitKats

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After snaring exclusive rights to the world’s first ruby chocolate last year, Nestlé Japan has been continuing their pursuit for the world’s rarest chocolates, and this year they’ve really outdone themselves, with the announcement of a brand new collection featuring volcanic chocolate. The new range is called Sublime Volcanic. We attended the press event for… Read

Food

Vending machine selling edible bugs is an instant hit in Kumamoto

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Ever since October last year, when someone spotted an empty vending machine in Kumamoto that advertised edible insects, local residents have been eager to see just what manner of bugs would be stocked inside. And when the merchandise finally came in November, people were fascinated by the ten products on offer, which included mostly… Read

HOTEL NEWS

Valentine and White Day sweets await you at Park Hyatt Tokyo

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Park Hyatt Tokyo has unveiled its lineup of Valentine and White Day chocolates and sweets from the Pastry Boutique. Present any one of these romantic creations from the selection below to your loved one this coming Valentine’s and White Day. Raspberry Chocolate Cake: 3,200 yen (11cm) A rich, velvety chocolate… Read

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Want to be popular with the ladies/men? Be good at making takoyaki, study says

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Dating is tough. When your level of attractiveness could be proportionate to how much money you have in your wallet, sometimes it can be hard to compete with the other fish in the sea, especially if your wallet is full of joke bills instead of real ones. Don’t worry, though; there are a… Read

TABLE TALK

Healthy chicken soba noodle salad

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If you’ve promised yourself that this year you’ll be a bit more health conscious and selective with the ingredients you choose for your diet, here’s a quick recipe to help you make the first steps. This meal is easy, healthy, entirely gluten, dairy and sugar-free and most importantly, tasty! Best thing? It can… Read

Food

Mochi can be made more delicious by smothering it in creamy carbonara sauce

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Mochi might be one of the deadliest snacks in Japan, but there is a big reason why the stretchy dish still remains a classic favorite: you just cannot get enough of its addictive squishiness. But Japanese-language reporter Saginomiya Yayoi from sister site YouPouch wanted to elevate the humble mochi to divine levels, simply… Read

HOTEL NEWS

Winter at Grand Hyatt Tokyo: Champagne shabu shabu, strawberry dinner course for Valentine’s and sakura sweets

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The Grand Hyatt Tokyo has unveiled its new winter menus, available starting this month. The hotel's 10 restaurants and bars will offer a range of menus, including: Winter Comfort Foods – Champagne shabu shabu, a hearty game stew and unlimited roast beef Winter Cocktails and Tea – Hot and cold… Read

HOTEL NEWS

Hilton Tokyo Strawberry Fair: A theatric experience with cats, Alice in Wonderland and psychedelia

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Experience Hilton Tokyo’s much anticipated Strawberry Fair 2019 in various theatric themes. Enjoy fresh strawberries and up to 30 types of strawberry desserts in Hilton Tokyo’s “Strawberry Cats’ Collection” held in the ever-popular Marble Lounge at 3,900 yen on weekdays and 4,050 yen on weekends. The satisfying Dim Sum and Strawberry… Read

Food

A guide to every type of delicious steamed bun from Japanese convenience store Lawson

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There’s a lot to love on the shelves and inside the freezer sections of Japan’s convenience stores, but one of their greatest treasure chests can be found sitting on the counter next to the register. That’s where the steamer case for all the various steamed buns sits, filled with palm-sized treats of both the… Read

Food

The meaning behind each item in ‘osechi’ — New Year cuisine

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People in Japan celebrate the new year with various types of food, like toshikoshi soba and ozoni mochi (rice cake soup).   The most common, although its popularity is waning a little, is osechi ryori, a traditional cuisine that has been around since the Heian Era that began in 794. Osechi… Read

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