Unseen Japan

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Rice in the shape of Japan
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Next time you go to Japan, make sure to enjoy these Western-style dishes delivered with a Japanese twist. (Picture: ささざわ / PIXTA(ピクスタ))

The 5 Best "Western" Foods (Yoshoku) You Should Eat While in Japan

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 01, 2018 • Tagged with food, drinking, culture, yoshoku

Next time you go to Japan, make sure to enjoy these Western-style dishes delivered with a Japanese twist.

Three brands of sake at a restaurant in Meguro, Tokyo.

Here's Why You (Think You) Hate Japanese Sake (日本酒)

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 16, 2018 • Tagged with alcohol, drinking, food, culture

Do you think you hate Japan's famous beverage made from fermented rice? There's likely a simple reason for that.

A diagram of the different cuts of the horse from Rocky, a horse specialty restaurant a short walk from Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

Looks Like Chicken: My First Time (Accidentally) Eating Horse in Japan

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 01, 2018 • Tagged with essay, food, drink, japanese

The first time I ate raw horse in Tokyo, it was all a big linguistic misunderstanding.

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Zero-Second Chicken Ramen?! How Instant Ramen's Creator is Bringing Sexy Back to Its Products

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 05, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, food

How do you boost sales of an instant noodle product that's been around for 60 years? Nissin found a way.

For $30 a month, this could all be yours...

News Japan: $30/Month for Unlimited Booze? Restaurants Find Success with Subscriptions

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 12, 2018 • Tagged with news, food, drink, entertainment

Would you pay $700 for a monthly steak subscription? Or $30/mo. for all you can drink at the local restaurant? Such programs are being more and more popular in Japan as businesses look for new ways to build loyalty.

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My Sayonara to Hibiki 17 — or, Why Japan is Losing All Its Whiskey

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 16, 2018 • Tagged with essay, food, drink

How a business trip to Japan ended in a $300 bottle of whiskey...and why that was such a steal.