Tokyo JUNKtion

The capital of the Umamisphere, Tokyo is a cluttered jungle of JUNK. Yoko reports.

After four years in Tokyo, Yoko recently relocated to the Bay Area. She loves dips, dashi and deals.

March 17, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Hosomaki Diaries

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Trends in roll combinations in the States are rapid, with so many joints coming up with their own “house” rolls.

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February 24, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Jicca

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Whenever I visit Tokyo, I look forward to meeting newborns… especially when I’ve followed the progression of their parents.

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March 14, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: Dessert Le Comptoir (Fukasawa)

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The art of perfection is everywhere in Japan. In its laquerware, electronics and especially in its food.

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January 31, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: The B-Kyu Charm of Ramen

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Ramen has always been big in Japan, and since the mid-2000′s it has exponentially grown in popularity and trendiness, with younger entrepenuers trying their hand at making the nation’s most beloved B-kyu (B-Class) food.

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August 16, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Toraya (Roppongi Hills)

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On the very special occasion that a visitor from Japan would bring Toraya to our home in Cupertino, I would actually be excited about eating.

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June 21, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Matsunami Ramen

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Matsunami Ramen was my first stop in Tokyo after a 9-day long trip of a lifetime to Darjeeling, India (more on that later).

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May 24, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari

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I want Washio’s Awamori Wasabi-wari to be world famous, so I’ve gone ahead and named it “The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari.” It’s been out there on the WORLD wide web for over three years now, so I think it has earned its title.

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March 29, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Ikko-an (Koshikawa)

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After reading Moto’s post about making anko (sweet bean paste), I began to reminisce about my visit to a wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionary) shop in Koishikawa, Tokyo called Ikko-an.

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November 22, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: Cateriam Cat Cafe

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A cat cafe is not a place that serves cat sandwiches. It is a cafe… with cats.

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March 17, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: After the Quake (The Supermarket Edition)

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These photos my friends in Tokyo sent me gave me a glimpse of what is going on there.

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