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Japanese Sweets

Tokyo is the most well-known city in Japan for many more reasons than just being the capital. While it doesn’t have as many historical sites like Tofukuji,  Chusonji, or Seisonkaku, Tokyo has a bustling urban life that never goes to sleep. Tokyo is the heart and soul of modern Japan from advanced architecture to tasty treats, like gourmet Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice). Here are five fun flashy places for your next trip to Tokyo! 1:...

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You may think that Kakigori (Shaved Ice) is a summertime dessert, but it has actually become a popular treat all year round! Tokyo, the central hub of Japanese culinary arts, there are kakigori shops that serve long lines in the autumn and winter. In rain or shine, sleet or snow, kakigori cafes are even popular when it’s freezing cold. Though many kakigori are served with fruit flavored sugar based syrups, these shops serve high...

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A Sweet Season: Persimmons

A Sweet Season: Persimmons


Posted By on Oct 9, 2015

  Love persimmons? Head to Japan right away to make the most of the persimmon season. Sweet, delicate and fragrant, persimmons will melt in your mouth and bring comfort. If a comfort fruit exists, it surely must be the Japanese persimmon. From September to November, persimmons invade grocery stores and restaurant menus throughout the country. From persimmon infused rice dishes to delicately prepared persimmon sweets, the fruit is...

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  With the cool breeze and freshness of autumn comes the desire for a more filling diet and the natural sweetness that can be found in the heartier fruits and vegetables of the season. Unlike in western countries, when the start of the school year marks a fresh beginning, in Japan, autumn is more solemn and calming. As the leaves begin to change color and fall, people enjoy outing in fresh air including hiking and fall...

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  Department stores in Japan, from Seibu to Daimaru to shopping areas near stations, are the go-to source for clothing, household goods, and even gourmet food. Usually located in the basement floors, food areas of department stores are stocked with high-quality goods from wine to fresh vegetables to carefully prepared salads. The amount of choices available can be overwhelming at times but is also exciting for customers to...

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KYOTO & TOKYO SPRING BREAK TOUR (Kyoto, Nara, Hakone, and Tokyo) March 22- 29, 2014 Day One & Two First two days were dedicated to flying from Honolulu to Narita, then from Narita to Itami, then lastly from Itami to Kyoto. After arriving safely in Kyoto around midnight, we checked into New Miyako Hotel Main Tower and called it a night.           Day Three: Kyoto After a good breakfast we got together...

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