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Eating Your Way Through Ueno’s Ameyoko—Best Street Foods

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Ameya Yokocho, almost always referred to simply as “Ameyoko”, is found in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo—Ueno! While Ueno may be best known for its famous Ueno Cultural Park and incredible museums, Ueno has its very own famous market street as well. It’s an area full of many different kinds of shops and spans 400 meters from Ueno station to Okachimachi station, which happens to be a neighboring station on the Yamanote Line. Although only a short 400 meters long, Ameyoko boasts around 400 shops! This concentration of shops in one area also brings a massive crowd of roughly 500,000 people preparing for New Year’s during the last days of the year (from December 29th to 31st). Ameyoko is full of great places to shop, fun things to look at, and the best part—amazing foods! This open-air market is known by many Japanese people as a good place to not only shop for inexpensive things, but also to “tabearuki”, or eat around. This means that many will go to Ameyoko just to eat several different food items! With many shops selling smaller portions of different foods, it’s possible to try countless different treats while you’re there! In this article we’re going to introduce you to some of the best places to go for eating your way around Ameyoko like a pro.

Japan’s Dish of the Year 2017: Chicken Breast!

The end of a year marks all sorts of prizes and awards, reflecting on trends and events that happened in 2017, from the word of the year to the person of the year. As a gourmet-loving country, Japan has, of course, its own favorite yearly award: the Dish of the Year 2017!

What are Japanese Emoji and Emoji Goods You Need to Buy

In the age of social media, we’re encouraged to say everything as short and sweet as possible. Character limits, along with short attention spans, create an environment where we need to express our thoughts fast. As a result, our written language has adapted to express our emotions quickly and effectively with emoji and emoticons. But not all emoji and emoticon are the same, and Japanese emoji do it best. So, here is everything you need to know about Japanese emoji, plus the emoji goods you need to buy!

Narita Airport: Choice Restaurants At All Three Terminals!

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Narita Airport is Tokyo’s gateway to the world, with departures and arrivals from all around the planet. There are three terminals in total and each of them offers a wonderful selection of delicious restaurants, tickling your taste buds with amazing dishes before or after a flight. Japanese cuisine is represented with iconic dishes such as sushi, tempura, and soba noodles, while Italian cuisine, fast food, sweets, and so on are plentifully available as well. In total, there are over 60 restaurants ready to welcome you for a unique gourmet experience! Such an abundance makes choosing all the harder, however, so let’s take a look at some restaurant recommendations!

[MOVIE] How to Open Convenience Store Onigiri - You Won’t Need to Struggle with It Anymore

Is it a donut? Is it a dumpling? No, it’s a rice ball! After growing up watching some of your favorite cartoon characters eat these infamous rice balls, you’ve come to Japan and want to try one of these classic snacks yourself. Rice balls, or onigiri, have been popularized by TV shows and video games around the world over the last 20 years as a staple of Japanese cuisine.

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

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Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

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