Crash Course: Shamisen

Last week, I posted about a great find of a restaurant in the Asakusa neighborhood where diners were treated to a shamisen concert during their meal. For those of you who may not be familiar with the shamisen, here is a brief introduction to this Japanese traditional instrument. The shamisen is thought to have come... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Waentei-Kikko (Tokyo)

Asakusa is such a well-trampled neighborhood (and deservedly so, it's one of my favorite in Tokyo) that it's difficult to find an eatery off the beaten track. Yet that's exactly the description I would apply to Waentei-Kikko, my choice for lunch on one of my recent weekend trips to Tokyo. Waentei-Kikko sits far enough off... Continue Reading →

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