Celebrate: Emperor’s Birthday

The Japanese may not really celebrate Christmas (beyond eating lots of Kentucky Fried Chicken!) yet they do have an official day off this week, thanks to the timely birthday of their current emperor, Akihito. December 23rd is Akihito's birthday and became an official holiday called Tenno-tanjobi┬ánot long after Akihito took over the throne following the... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: ShinYokohama Ramen Museum

Most foreigners think of sushi when they think of Japanese cuisine, but noodles are an extremely popular item here. There are your standard cold soba (buckwheat) noodles, your thick wheaty udon noodles (often served with tofu or vegetables) ... and then there is ramen. Nothing starts an argument faster in Japan than proclaiming one type... Continue Reading →

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