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Exploring Japan: Bunnies, Falcons, Hot Springs, and Tsunami Aftermath

Yasuhiko Konno, owner of the 200 year old Suisen sake brewery, has always paid close attention to the water near his home and brewery in the Iwate prefecture of Northeast Japan. Water quality is one of the critical inputs to high quality sake, and Mr. Konno has spent most of his life honing his brewing […]

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Mutsuko Soma Will Make You the Best Ramen In Seattle

Mutsuko Soma, the energetic executive chef of one of my favorite restaurants in town, Miyabi, has floored Sea-town with edible treasures such as her handmade soba noodles and uni shots. And now Soma is already onto her next culinary challenge: Venturing into ramen territory. This Sunday, June 2nd from 11am-2:30pm and on Monday, June 3rd […]

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Seattleite Matthew Amster-Burton’s New eBook is a ‘Pretty Good Number One’

Sure, Frommers and Lonely Planet guide books might get you around Tokyo.  You will read about how to get to the iconic Tsukiji Fish market (which is moving to a new site so you had better get your arse there soon) and Akihabara (known as “Electric Town” because it is the mecca for electronic gadget […]

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Ladies’ Onigiri Rice Ball & Sake Night Overtakes Drinking Craft Cocktails at Trendy Bar

When people ask me about my favorite places to eat in Tokyo, I unabashedly catapult 7-11 into my top 3.  Before you shun me, let me point out: The 7-11′s in Japan aren’t solely your Big Freeze Slush and corn dog type of establishments. They are a convenient and cost efficient spot where you can […]

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Japan’s Falconer Cafe

After visiting an adult bunny café in the funky Harajuku neighborhood a day prior (a place where adults go and play with bunnies, while sitting at traditional low to the ground tables sipping on tea or some other drink), our fixer suggests we also check out the Falconer Café.  It is not just a rad name. […]

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Seattle And Tokyo Are Practically Sister Cities

At first pass, Tokyo and Seattle seem like polar opposites.  I mean, where in the Pacific Northwest can you grab a healthy onigiri (triangular rice ball frequently wrapped in seaweed and filled with fish or pickled vegetable) on your way to work at a 7-11? Or when was the last time the majority of the […]

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Arriving in Tokyo

Leading up to the Japan trip, my friends have repeatedly gauged my state – Are you nervous?  Are you excited?  And with all of the planning,  I haven’t had a lot of time to feel any butterflies.  But the anxiety of it all hit me as I arrive to Sea-tac airport.  I grab my man’s […]

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