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These Menu Items Are NEW for Winter 2018!

Meet Häagen-Dazs Crispy Sandwich, a uniquely Alaskan created flavor trend spreading worldwide.

Footed Burrito – Another fun and unusual avocado recipe offered by Häagen-Dazs. The Backing Burrito is known for its tender burrito-wrapped avocado and salted rim. The Burrito contains a 1.5 oz soft shell Burrito that is topped with creamy pico de gallo and romaine lettuce.

Adobe Pragmatism – The Creator of French toast pancakes reinvented their recipe by using puff pastry instead of French bread and jam instead of syrup. The luxurious tasting meringue pancakes are served with strawberry jam.

Crab Turducken – Burgoo is a Southern US classic dish made with pork shoulder, split wings, and onions. This Bacon Crab Burgoo combines the pork and crab meat with crabmeat stuffing and is served with mashed potatoes.

This The Sweet Essence of Snow White Cake For health reasons, Häagen-Dazs has introduced The Sweet Essence of Snow White Cake.

House Special Menu Changes & Special Restaurant Offerings For Winter 2018 | EASTER Sunday December 29 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Taiwanese Egg Cake – This recipe is a Japanese style of cooking with a Taiwanese egg cake, which is baked with taro and yams. Served with vanilla custard and candied ginger, the savory egg cake is light and wonderful for hearty tea breaks.

Häagen-Dazs Citrus Rubbed Pulled Pork Wrapped in Bacon – Häagen-Dazs Pork is one of the most popular products on their menu. Their Pork Seasoned Slices and pulled pork are both a favorite. Thanks to Häagen-Dazs, you can enjoy their pork found one of the most exciting cuisines in the United States.

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Japan: Visit Kyoto’s “Jungle of Sariz” and Kyoto’s “Kobe National Park” this Winter Holiday Season!

MATCHA () – by Lisa Armstrong

Thanks to the warm and beautiful weather this Christmas, Japan is busy at work hosting the annual winter festivals and natural attractions this time of year. Kyoto’s “Jungle of Sariz” will no doubt host the best of these. Between December 21st-January 2nd, guest authors will have a chance to see Kyoto Yuidi Japanese Wave Park in full motion, as it takes on its winter wonderland look. The popular eatery and wine bar will have a festive winter menu, complete with hot chocolate.

Kotoki Lake (Nara) is also celebrating the winter holiday with a number of festivities, including the dragon festival in January. The lake draws a large number of visitors at this time of year, and you have the chance to see how various Japanese national festivals are celebrated. Most people go to the moon festival, but during the week of December 23rd, there are winter carnivals and postcards festivals, which are where children of all ages make crafts and take part in activities including fishing, begging, or musical games. You can also go out fishing.

Kobe National Park is in full effect this time of year. During the day, the park is full of snow and lights. But at night, you can see larger-than-life red lanterns from the light boat track. On the other side of the Lake itself, the Scenic Railway ride will take you through the land of the Nomura siblings, aka Kume no Uchi. The park contains a number of beautiful and varied sights.

Gengo (Inari) and Karino (Osahiko) are two resorts near Kyoto’s Ohira Lake that are starting to party. Both have attractions, restaurants, and hotels as well as snow action and other winter fun. Gengo is best known for its virgin terrain of pine, fir, and oak trees, and it also features modern technology like snowboarding and skating. Karino, quite unlike Gengo, features snow conditions that are uneven at times. Both resorts offer snowsports for both skiers and snowboarders, and do extensive snowless ski areas.

Both resorts offer a wide variety of activities. On the Gengo resort, you can find the occasional karaoke night, and more often than not, there will be a hot springs center offering hot sake and hot springs. Karino also has ice skating in winter, and snow boarding in summer.

The people at Gengo or Karino usually look a bit out of place, especially in winter. However, in the beginning of February, they will go so far as to combine winter festivals, such as the animal show, with music and food. Karino is quite the fun place to be in the winter, and Gengo has something for everyone.

The Most Haunted Hotel in Japan

location: Check In: Yuzo No. 5, Takamatsu

Booking details:

Dates: October 26-31, 2018 (International)

Booking: (516) 748-1297

Price: Tax free, domestic only

Although not quite on the scale of most Christmas dreams, the other Japanese ghost resort is really almost as good. The spooky and spooky fact is that the Yanghamudachi Hotel was once Tokyo’s location for a military barrack. The “Ghost Air Conditioner” is certainly spooky and although it is wheelchair accessible, it does need to be booked in advance.

So visit Japan in winter, party it up, and book a stay at either Karino or Gengo, or Yanghamudachi. It is a true winter experience that will be well worth it.

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Where else would you like to take a guest?

Seoul, Seoul, what are you going to get? Smalls? Minis? Who cares. Seoul has gone quite big; hey, I suppose I could call it just a Tokyo offshoot but that would probably not go over well with some Koreans…let’s face it, most Koreans would rather be somewhere in America. And that’s ok too, given the excellent food, the mild snow and summer in Japan, Seoul can more than hold its own.

Diners love Seoul but there are also several options other than fancy hotel restaurants. Restaurant by TopKT opened its doors just recently, you read that right. They were targeting upmarket professionals and businessmen from the corporate world, Seoul-ites and foreigners alike – and after nearly two years of successful operations, they have built up a loyal following. It’s basic, if not old-fashioned, Korean-style food with a twist.

The communal approach creates interesting and appealing cuisine that one could find in almost any other northern, eastern or southern city, while at the same time giving you the chance to sample highly creative dishes with no language barrier. Don’t underestimate their dedication, they go all out with a produce and seafood-driven menu, with local ingredients such as gooey sweet potato cake, lemongrass chicken with fresh basil, or charred mushrooms with pea shoots and a sweet soy sauce.

Okura has been compared to one of the most famous Korean restaurants in Europe, Karakorum, and that isn’t a huge stretch as Okura is named after a mountain in Eastern Korea. Quite simply, it is light, flavorful and showcases fresh local seasonal produce. This is a great restaurant to introduce a loved and novice to the culture of Korean food. While everyone knows “jeewju kampung”, or local foods, there is so much more to the cuisine, and this is just one small taste of it. I have already visited four different Okuras throughout the country but have yet to visit any others with authentic Korean food.

Owner Aniharu Kemakama recently had the opportunity to share more about Okura with one of our guest bloggers:

1. Why did you decide to open an Asian restaurant in Seoul?

Korean cuisine should be accessible to everyone, not just the elite and those who travel.

2. What would you say is the most popular dish?

Gulaebecang (steamed noodles with pork belly, bamboo shoots, shitake mushrooms, small pieces of fresh avocado and kimchi) is definitely the most popular dish.

3. Does any particular dish have special significance?

Personally, I could never let pork off the menu, because I will always love pork.

4. What’s your favorite combination of food to serve a guest?

Several kimchi dishes usually come from the ajiya or forest. For the vegetarians, there is “palymoto be”, rice that has been cooked to make it more tender and flavorful; and yakbo-gombjang that is made from sprouts that are wrapped in lettuce leaves, and then served with a leaf of peanut or wheat grass.

5. Where do you like to take customers from the capital of Seoul?

I take my guests all over the city and in the afternoon often meet at a restaurant like Moonoo Goom Jeol Eu-gu and take them to a café, hot spring or soba or bean curd shop for refreshment.

6. If you had unlimited funds, where would you take your guests to?

I would take them to the southern regions, they are the best for eating local vegetables or mushrooms that are not available in the capital.

While taking in the new Seoul, be sure to try something Korean: Yamaksaang is mixed with egg yolk and stewed until thick and creamy. Some places serve it at lunch, as well as during a cold season when the other ingredients are in the low season.

Where else would you like to take a guest?

I would like to visit various eastern Korean areas and quite possibly bring some of my guests with me.

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Japanese Lantern Festivals

By: Han Hiemura

December 26 – 28, 2019

IT STARTS NOON with a “Lantern Festival” at Tokyo Station, celebrating “Midwinter” and “the end of the year”. Participants decorate and display lanterns and place them at “Dia Kenmaku” (the old celestial astronomical temple).

Lanterns are part of culture of places where people celebrate “Midwinter”. Nowadays, lantern festivals are held in about 30 cities and towns in Japan, including the main headquarters of Japanese corporations.

It’s believed that traditional “Lanterns of Tokyo” were always in the bridges, so visitors enjoy them on the bridge to Akihabara.

Many lantern festivals are also held in Tokyo Station, including “Ai kaichi” (Tsunami III), at City Hall Plaza at Nakagawa, which was filled with charming “Roo-anage” (Suyoku-jjagae).

Other lantern festivals in Tokyo include Taiboo Castle — “Tigo-No-ta” (Ishiko Sakura, Sunfire Festival), at Haminobu Park, “Fukuoka-o-Saga” (Fukuoka Ring Festival), at FUCHOOhaku Zone, and “Ryogoku-mo” (Ryogoku Pouring Festival) at Ryogoku Museum.

We’d love to have one of these lantern festivals in Tokyo. Please let us know if you have any places of interest on your travel plans. Thank you.

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A chef’s job is to communicate, coordinate and communicate again


GOTO CHANGE – Ella Chaya, also known as “Naoko”, is the Head Chef of 1184 Tokyo. The First Edition of The Charcoal Grill

published by Apprice i.e., 88 pages written by Goto Yoshie, published by Apprice.

The Chiloise originates in the eighth century in the Fukuoka Prefecture, which has had a strong culinary influence from French Chilicote’s. What makes Japanese cookery unique is the introduction of other products into the dish, so that Japanese cuisine can be seen in harmony with fresh Japanese produce.

A chef’s job is to communicate, coordinate and communicate again, so I cannot think of a better way to put it than through my anecdotes.

You are likely to see me in the market at Nobori Market and Matsumoto Market between 4-6pm everyday.

I only eat a small plate of Japanese vegetable and fish, but with these, you can also enjoy eating the meat, so I taste a whole seafood dish after I eat the vegetables and I have less room for the meat.

I also enjoy beating rice and see the rice being cleaned, dried and cooked in front of me. The coffee and tea and the chocolate also have their own courses.

I also enjoy making tea as my house is situated at the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. The berry that I use for the tea leaves is named for the emperor, so each time I make my tea, I wish to be doing something to repay him for what he has done for me during my childhood.

I also like cooking oriental foods, I really have a great love for it. In the last few years, I have become particularly fond of eating Ama Robata (Broccoli Pork in Soy Sauce). As Asian meals are inspired by our own tastes, cooking for myself has become a source of inspiration. I use pickled peppers, ponzu sauce and sticky rice to really apply my philosophy of making edible dishes.

I serve them in a variety of ways: On a plate in a barbeque place, in a dim sum or in a Japanese tea room.

I live in a small basement apartment, so it’s easy to go to grocery stores, and with the prices, it’s not expensive for you either. At the Uchisamakura Farmers Market, I buy the fresh vegetables, and then cook a dish using them.

So I guess my local food philosophy is simple, simple, simple. But the world is better off with it.

Where to eat

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Spring in Japan: Preparing for (Summer’s) Finale

Here is the Spring in Japan article you never knew you needed but now that winter is coming to an end, you wonder about spring in Japan? March will not start officially until February, but the calendar sees it earlier. It is a time to travel, dress, and find out how the Weather is in Japan.

• March showers

While the first couple of rainy weeks of March make for a fitting start to our itinerary, most of the rest of the month will be dry and clear. The weather pattern is different all over Japan and the month is influenced by the geography and westerners’ interests. The west of Japan in particular, is mountainous and its culture is similar to that of Australia.

• All day sun

On the east coast of Japan, the weather becomes cloudy or rainy in the morning, is also very hot and sunny by midday. It becomes a bit more humid by late afternoon and into the evening. The sun angle is such that it is bright for the whole day. These hot days are getting warmer and there are strong westerly winds which are blowing warm moist air inland and cooling the air at the coast. So that is the one drawback of spring in Japan.

• Time for trading

The so-called spring liquidity period, during which the trading conditions are typically more optimistic and investor intentions are good, is the peak of the export season for Japan. All the trading firms report the end of their financial year and commence their new fiscal year beginning from April 1st. As the economy and trade conditions improve, companies increase their orders of apparel, decoration and other products in preparation for the warmer weather.

• Lonely Hearts Day

February is the month in which people most often go to the polls and vote in the local elections. One way to warm the cold winter evenings is by attending a gathering meeting. Alternatively, if you are feeling at your weakest, you can take a stroll with your friend and be home by your 10 pm curfew. If you enjoy these activities, March 1st (“Lonely Hearts Day”) is a date of significance for a good many Japanese people.

• Catch a wave

So many people in Japan are interested in surfing that many associations encourage visitors to visit surfers’ ports to learn the basics and experience the art of surfing. So if you want to see the beginning of spring, here is your chance.

Japan is located in the Western Pacific Ocean and is usually at its warmest during the winter months of December, January and February, when it is especially sunny and warm, with temperatures in the high 20s Celsius and sometimes much higher. However, those who want to ride surf on chilly spring evenings must visit spring weather areas.

Nori or Nanaka is a town on the northeastern coast where cool winds from the north help the water to cool. Surfing is one of the most popular activities in this region. Along the city’s seaside promenade, named Akaku, as well as beachside tea houses are famous for their diverse Sunday brunches, from visiting real-estate agencies to visiting professional providers of crafts. During March, there are special activities scheduled.

Tokyo, on the other hand, is Tokyo but is defined as “The Blue City” for the eye color of the new asphalt poured over surface streets. The color of this new asphalt, in contrast to the usual bright azure blue, is a perfect uniform white. And on the seaside side of the city, Yasu, is famous for its bonito, salt fish. Most visitors join an annual mega crabbing festival.

There are about 30,000 miles of coastline in Japan and it is accessible to most people via railways, buses, kayaks, and hikers.

While winter is perfect to catch a gust of air and soak up the sun, this time of year also calls for dressing to maximize the heat.

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Going Around a City By Bus? Find a Comfortable Commute

Traveling by air is a rewarding experience for those who love to see, experience, and experience the world, but for many there is something that an airplane cannot achieve. While air travel is wonderful for most people, it may not be the best means of getting around a city or countryside.

Getting around a busy urban area by train is the best way to experience an entire area and get around it in the fastest possible time. On the other hand, for those who are looking for a way to avoid crowds, or who like the air-time, an airplane is the perfect way to go around a large area.

However, there are other modes of transportation that can achieve the same thing, especially when traveling by airplane: buses.

Japan’s major airports have many bus routes, enabling you to get around, leave your belongings behind, and go about your day without a worry.

For many people, the problem is not getting around Tokyo, but finding a convenient place to leave your bags. With the right organization, a person could leave a bag, smartphone, wallet, keys, and other important items on top of a commercial loading platform on his way to Narita Airport from the Westbound access point. This is different from boarding a train to travel from central Tokyo to the airport or walking to the station where the luggage transfer begins.

Read the accompanying article to find the best bus options and for more information on international services in Tokyo.

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Funabashiya Koyomi — The Destination of Kyoto Nocturnal Lights

Funabashiya Koyomi offers an outlet for locals and visitors from near and far. Read about its unique fare, experience the buzzing culture, and choose from 12 uniquely shaped bars and cafes

As a responsible, people-first organization, MATCHA (Free Global Access to Books, Arts and Culture) prides itself on promoting good policy at home and abroad and is particularly focused on free libraries for all people without further need for books. MATCHA is a free global membership program for foreigners with a monthly allotment of library cards to use in countries where they have diplomatic, official or personal ties. In Japan, MATCHA promotes free libraries for all, regardless of nationality, religion or personal background. With generous offers and attractive programs, MATCHA is proving successful worldwide. In fact, the initiative has been so successfully implemented that in countries like Japan, free libraries are the norm, not the exception.

With this appreciation for the richness of Japanese culture and its relations with other cultures, MATCHA actively promotes the development of the hotel-bound Japanese tourist experience by sponsoring various events and supporting other organizations. From family-friendly activities like swimming and picnics to visiting the most exciting scenic locales, MATCHA supports the cultural traditions of Japan. So, it is easy to see why Japanese tourists love MATCHA’s Funabashiya Koyomi!

While the Toriya and Mita springy ponds are largely submerged in below-average water levels, Funabashiya Koyomi retains all its standing ponds and large stretches of landscaped grounds with lush gardens that provide surprises and variety each time the power outages from the Hokkaido blackouts strike the city. Many times, it is best to visit on a weekday to catch the overnight lines of park rangers going through dozens of swings, slides and bleachers. Another option is an overnight stay at one of Funabashiya Koyomi’s boutique hotels with spectacular panoramic views or to stay in one of its comfortable rooms, which are nearly always empty at the height of summer. Yet another option is to experience all the cultural events at this amazing hot spring. After all, who wouldn’t be thrilled to meet netizen GOSS, the Japanese version of George Washington.

This luxury complex has been totally renovated. Along with the abundant facilities, it is worth discovering its special combination of traditional and contemporary architecture. It has 12 uniquely shaped bars and cafes. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences, but go for the unusual taverns, such as Mo Mistica, which has a decor inspired by unique Japanese cutout anime scenes. The Komodo Café, a popular spot for koji-based tea ceremonies, and Drageer, the guest house of Ishisaiju, don’t disappoint when it comes to memorable meals.

The location is ideal for those seeking a luxury hotel. It is only three minutes walk from the infamous streets of Harajuku and includes six tranquil gardens. Art lovers can catch a glimpse of the so-called “kyotomo” (hot stone carving) practice in the garden, an ancient art of shading stones and cracks. The best is saved for last; it features and has placed two ferris wheels, one for children and one for adults, in its beautiful courtyard. The Funabashiya Koyomi invites each guest to come back for their magical trip to Helltown.

Funabashiya Koyomi

templeri:sezen koyoguchi,


Saturday-Sunday: Naka no egi, from 00:00-00:00; Car wash available from 09:00-09:30; Night View of Toyo Castle, Yokohama from 00:00-00:00; Night View of Tsukiji Fish Market, Nagoya from 08:00-08:30; Morning Sky: seeing Dragon Mountain, Osaka from 01:00-01:30; Pizza Special (Pizza Bun, Warm Sausage, Fried Garlic) from 01:00-01:30; Bar, Shimada-mar, from 11:00-11:30; Shiitake, noodle or tofu soup from 05:00-06:00; Orzo pasta with green tea from 05:00-06:00; Ichiban from 05:00-06:00; Strawberry Pie from 05:00-06:00; Shinkajigashi from 05:00-06:00; Wagyu beef, tenderloin, teriyaki or special barbecued chicken from 03:00-03:45; Sushi, grilled beef, spicy shrimp or sashimi from 05:30-06:00

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En Sakai Fukishima, “Maitake Usami” Store in Ōmla

Hello Brook’s Mau izazazakoji

Mari toroma was founded in July of 2019. The name means “healthy salad bar”. We are a Asian fast food café and we specialize in tasty snacks and healthy salads with izazakashi sauce.

Using Brioche French bread or Ryuku pizza rolls, we can make over 1000 different combos for salads and sushi. Japanese-American recipes use a special ingredient (a little tangy Sriracha sauce or special sauce) to bring out the taste in a unique way. The delicious egg toppings which are available with everything are very popular.

We’re a locally owned small business that’s owned by a Japanese Canadian, Mr Kanpai. The name was inspired by the Japanese beef stir fry trend in Japan. It’s trendy and trendy indeed. He likes the name. If you like and are in the mood for food, come to our keiki room.

Koto no Yokai grab it and eat

“Hi! I’m so thirsty. I’ll take you a cold hot drink!

“More Tapachukicho-wa”-pahitaine plate

“Hi-it’s no tea, stop playing!

“More bosu-tamura-poloraparib: izazakashi tea

“What are u up to?

“Please join me for izazakashi tea

“I hope I’ll see you soon

“To go, meaning we are ready for you”

Move over Tako, there’s a new watermelon drink. Instead of the customary Toru watermelon drink we have a sweety watermelon cherry blossom drink that’s suitable for young kids to fit into their calendars. It looks cool and different and is refreshing to savor. We’ve added barista-chilled gelato to our cold-pressed vegetable juice with frozen fruits to make smoothies. And of course our traditional pancakes or hand cut fries are available hot or cold.

Oh! What a cast!

“Stars &stars to cast, jointly!

“Hello and good bye!

“Good riddance!

“Leaving for your teatime!”

What more could you want? We’re not affiliated with McDonald’s or other fast food restaurants. And we want to stop the fast eating trend.

Food and wellness are topics most popular among Japanese people. MATCHA covers food and wellness topics from fridges to yoga studios, along with travel, shopping, fashion, and business. It’s a popular online travel magazine with a large audience and a large, loyal reader base in Japan.

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