Food & Drink

Tokyo Beer Guide: Summer Session

Tokyo’s beer culture is growing and with Summer beginning it’s a great time to check out a few places. Our Tokyo beer guide covers four spots that provide beer-lovers with delicious choices and cool ambiance. Yanaka Beer Hall Located close to Nezu Shrine (根津神社, Nezu-jinja) and in a neighborhood known for old buildings, Yanaka Beer...

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Mathew Ryan
June In Tokyo: The Lowdown

Customs & Culture

June In Tokyo: The Lowdown

The month of June in Tokyo marks the beginning of Summer and it’s also when the rainy season peaks. Tokyo’s Summers tend to be hot and humid, but June’s temperatures are mild. Rice planting and eating bamboo treats are traditions that the Japanese associate with June. Mizu-youkan” in bamboo tube (竹筒水ようかん) Yokan (羊羹) is a...

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Mathew Ryan
Haneda Airport Restaurants: Top 5

Food & Drink

Haneda Airport Restaurants: Top 5

Haneda Airport restaurants are excellent and the airpot itself is much more convenient than Narita. Tokyo locals actually go to Haneda just to enjoy the food, even without travel plans, which is a testament to the restaurants’ quality. The international terminal is also well designed and kind of fun to hang out in. The international...

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Mathew Ryan
Top 5 Izakaya In Tokyo: Best of the Best

Food & Drink

Top 5 Izakaya In Tokyo: Best of the Best

The top 5 izakaya In Tokyo are all special and therefore not ranked, any one could be number one! If you live in Tokyo or plan on visiting, these spots are essential. They are very popular with locals. Be prepared to wait outside a little while, but that is why you bring good company along....

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Mathew Ryan
Heavy Hitters: Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki

Food & Drink

Heavy Hitters: Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki

Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki are Japan’s favorite street food. They both are heavy, naughty, and delicious. Once upon a time this type of food was only a Kansai regional offering, but nowadays you can find them everywhere. Takoyaki makers are common in home kitchens throughout all of Japan. Takoyaki (たこ焼き) The literal translation is “octopus fried”....

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Mathew Ryan
Kanji N5 Quiz: 10 Basic

Japanese

Kanji N5 Quiz: 10 Basic

A fun and helpful way to study Japanese. Gambatte kudasai!!! (Good Luck!!!)

Mathew Ryan
Japanese Mascot Obsession

Kawaii

Japanese Mascot Obsession

Japan’s mascot craze has become fodder for comedians and late night TV hosts due to it’s bizarre charm. It’s definitely an “Only In Japan” aspect to their pop culture. Essentially, the concept of assigning mascots started with company advertising and that success prompted some areas of Japan to use them to promote tourism. Many regional...

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Mathew Ryan
Hiragana Flash Cards Game: Part 4

Japanese

Hiragana Flash Cards Game: Part 4

A fun and helpful way to study Japanese. Gambatte kudasai!!! (Good Luck!!!)

Mathew Ryan
Tokyo In May: The Happenings

Asakusa

Tokyo In May: The Happenings

Tokyo in May is when the school kids and salarymen get to unwind, which starts with Golden Week. Golden Week is a much needed vacation for the hard working people of Tokyo and it essentially begins on April 29th, The Emperor’s Birthday. Constitution Memorial Day on May 3rd and Children’s Day on May 5th continue...

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Mathew Ryan