Tokyo


January 15, 2016

Dream of Sushi with Jiro Gastronomy

by Sarah

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 You’ve probably seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi and are dreaming of the day you’ll eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo.

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January 13, 2016

Tokyo JUNKtion: Oreno Dashi in Akasaka

by yoko

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For the past few years, I’ve been hoping to get into an Oreno restaurant in Tokyo.

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January 11, 2016

Postcard from Tokyo: Tis the Season for Shirako

by Kayoko

It’s become Yoko and my tradition to stop into Tsukiji Sushiko, a popular chain that is littered all around Tokyo, serving superb sushi at a nominal pricepoint.

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June 18, 2015

Yakitori Bunraku in Tokyo

by Kayoko

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A good friend of mine is in Tokyo right now and he wanted a shortlist of places to eat.

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May 7, 2015

Tokyo JUNKtion: Entering the Womb at Bar Caesarean

by yoko

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The name Caesarean derives from all things related to Caesar, the Roman general whose actions led to the rise of the Roman Empire.

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April 2, 2015

Akio Watanabe of Bar EST! (Tokyo)

by Kayoko

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Looking back on our trip to Japan in February, the most memorable cocktail was at Bar EST!.

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March 5, 2015

Togarashi Ginger Highball at Jicca (Tokyo)

by Kayoko

As you know by now, Tori-chan is a dear friend of ours who opened Jicca, a restaurant and wine bar in the Hatagaya neighborhood in Tokyo nearly two years ago.

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February 26, 2015

Craft Beer Market in Tokyo

by Kayoko

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People in Japan are cuckoo for beer. It remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan, accounting for two thirds of all alcohol consumed overall (says Wikipedia).

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November 10, 2014

Meet Masako Ikegami of Bar Shake (Ginza)

by Kayoko

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We met the gracious Masako Ikegami in 2010, before we opened our shop in Oakland, at the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon we helped host at Prizefighter.

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September 8, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Menya Musashi (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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Menya Musashi’s namesake is one Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmen and creator of the two-handed swordfighting technique niten-ryu, which translates to “Tarantino Wet Dream.” According to legend he never lost a duel in over 50 years as a wandering warrior — which I am inclined to believe since back then you could embellish a dragon killing into a story at will.

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