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Local Cuisine: 15 Awesome Tokyo Dishes You Didn't Know About

Tokyo Station Other Japanese Food

While Japanese food is incredible all across the country, flavors and styles can vary from region to region. In this article, we're going to look at 15 Japanese dishes that have their roots firmly in Tokyo. Some you might have heard of, some you might not. To help us out, we got in touch with Dave Conklin, a food historian, writer, editor, and author of Mr. Conklin Eats His Way Around Traditional Tokyo to give us the lowdown on these 15 traditional Tokyo dishes.

Famous 100-Yen Store: Top 5 Weirdly Useful Kitchen Goods at Daiso!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas 100 Yen Shops

100-yen shopping in Japan means weird and wacky gadgets, and weird and wacky gadgets on a budget means Daiso! Daiso is one of Japan’s most famous 100-yen stores (think dollar store, but cooler), and it offers a huge number of items at a range of price points, but with a focus on 100-yen steals. There are 3,376 Daiso stores in Japan, and a grand total of 5,542 worldwide (as of 2019), and they’re popular for a reason; everything is super cool and super cheap! Daiso has been around since 1977, so they know what they’re doing. Daiso has a wide selection of other items available, but with Japan having such a rich culture around food and cooking, we couldn’t resist checking out their kitchen supplies! We found plenty of options to brighten up your kitchen. These top six gadgets are unlike anything we’ve ever seen back home, and incredibly they’re all at the classic Daiso price of 100 yen! Nothing is too bulky, so you can carry all your cool new toys with you as you trek across the country, and then stuff them into your suitcase to take back home. Spice up your cooking and snack in style with these quirky yet super useful kitchen supplies!

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

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.

Taking a Break in Shinjuku: Four Secret Spots to Rest, Relax, and Refresh Yourself

Shinjuku Discount Stores

Shinjuku is famous for its neon lights and one of Tokyo's most busy and bustling neighborhoods. This exciting place is fun to explore, but after hours of colorful sightseeing, you'll find yourself craving a quiet place where you can relax. Let us show you Shinjuku's secret spots to kick back and relax at, from lush rooftop gardens to natural hot springs!

'Way Too Sweet!' What 5 Japanese Living Abroad Really Think About Green Tea Culture

Harajuku Tea Ceremonies

Japanese culture is one thoroughly steeped in rich history and tradition. One such tradition that seemingly pervades every aspect of Japanese society is a love affair with green tea. By and large the most popular beverage in the country, the Japanese relationship with green tea extends beyond mere drink preference and takes on an almost spiritual reverence. While gradually gaining popularity abroad due to its numerous health benefits, green tea has yet to reach the same level of ubiquity found here in Japan. Having grown up with green tea being an essential part of their daily lives, we asked five Japanese natives about their tea experiences and how it translated during their time living abroad.

Why These 20 Japanese Cities are Blowing up on Instagram

Asakusa Other Townscapes

Every city in Japan has its own charm and attractions, but some are more popular than others. More people see them, more people love them, and more people share their experience in those cities on Instagram. If you follow this list you'll know which Japanese cities are the most popular among Japanese people and foreign visitors alike. Whether you choose to go for the "less mainstream" or for the most popular ones to "see what all the fuss is about" this article will help you choose your itinerary. So let's dive in and check out the 20 most popular cities in Japan on Instagram.

Choice Spots

  • Akihabara
  • Asakusa
  • Ginza
  • Harajuku
  • Ikebukuro
  • Roppongi
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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