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Isshin Rice House (Daikanyama, Tokyo) – Traditional Japanese Cuisine

Isshin Rice House

Gohanya Isshin Daikanyama (ごはんや 一芯 代官山) is one of our favourite traditional Japanese restaurants, and hidden gems, to take friends visiting Tokyo. Located across the street from Kyu Asakura House and next to the Daikanyama Koban (Police Box), Gohanya Isshin sits hidden at the basement of a pale, yellow brick building. Walk …

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Japanese Gingko Nut Recipes (Ginnan – ぎんなん)

Ginkgo nuts (Ginnan – ぎんなん) are in season from October – December, so try these Japanese Gingko Nut Recipes. If you live in Japan, you have probably been noticing the stinky mushy fruits falling from local trees. To some people the odor is camembert cheese to others far worse odors. …

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Bills Okura House (Ginza, Tokyo) – Date Night

bills ginza

Bills, our favorite Australian restaurant known for their delicious food and bright and spacious dining, opened their newest location on the top floor of the brand new Okura House building in Ginza. Located across from Blvgari and Louis Vuitton, and next to Cartier, Bills Ginza has a warm and inviting interior with an …

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Nikujaga Recipe – One Pot Cooking

Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is one pot comfort food in Japan. Nikujaga means meat and potatoes.  If you grew up with a favorite family beef stew or mac & cheese, this would be the Japanese equivalent. Every family has their own recipe and slightly different flavour, but it is a simple recipe to …

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Cooking with Okra

Cooking with okra

I love summer veggies! Beautiful tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, edamame and of course okra. Growing up in the North East of the U.S., I never ate okra. My first okra was in Japan over 20 years ogo, and I immediately fell in love. I can eat bowls of lightly boiled okra …

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Bareburger Organic Restaurant, Jiyugaoka – Baby-friendly

Bareburger Organic Restaurant, Jiyugaoka is a fantastic spot for organic, grass fed burgers. They offer a number of customizable options for your burger or green salad; design-your-own, a lettuce wrap instead of a bun for low-carb dieters, and allows even vegetarians to enjoy burgers the way they like. They also …

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Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli (Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo)

Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli (Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo)

Enjoy an organic meal at the cozy Midorie Organic Restaurant & Deli. Open since 2001 Midorie serves organic produce and seasonal seafood procured directly from farmers and fishermen in Japan. This baby-friendly and non-smoking restaurant is located a short walk from Gakugeidaigaku station and has 6 wooden tables and chairs, …

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Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise – Date Night

Enjoy a relaxing 2.5 hour date night with traditional Japanese food and free-flowing drinks aboard a traditional yakatabune boat as you watch the bright lights of Tokyo from the calm waters of the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay. Dinner offers traditional Japanese food with sashimi and small starters, six different types of Tempura …

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Top 5+ Recommended Salad Spots in Tokyo

Increase your greens at our Top 5+ Recommended Salad Spots in Tokyo – all deliciously filling and healthy! 1) Green Brothers (Ebisu, Azabu Juban, Ark Hills, Otemachi) – Green Brother’s has three seasonal salad offerings and nine year-round offerings. The salad sets run from 1,090 to 1,380 JPY (prices include tax). They also …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe (Ginza, Tokyo)

Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe I write many guides here on Best Living Japan, but what you may not know about me is that I have a serious sweet tooth. My daughter is now one year old and loves cruising Tokyo with me, so I’m …

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Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan

Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan Rice is the staple of the Japanese diet and there’s no shortage of rice cookers (炊飯器 | すいはんき | suihanki) on the market that aim to make modern-day cooking as efficient as possible. This guide will walk you through the basic functions of a …

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Mr Farmer Komazawa Olympic Park (Komazawa, Tokyo)

Mr Farmer is known for their farm-to-table concept, delivering fresh, locally produced food to local consumers. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free Mr Farmer offers something for everyone. Mr Farmer Komazawa (their 4th restaurant) is located in Komazawa Olympic Park at the Nishi-guchi gate or near the Jabu Jabu Ike (paddling …

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Japanese Mushroom Recipes

Winter is the perfect time to try some delicious Japanese mushroom recipes. We are highlighting six Japanese mushrooms which are all delicious, easily available in Japanese supermarkets, very economical and versatile in their usage.  If you love mushrooms, the recipes below will be some great additions to your winter dishes. …

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