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December 30, 2016

Otafuku: Tokyo Mix and Match

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Tokyo -- The weather is turning cold and Japan’s convenience stores, or konbini, have hauled out the oden service pans and positioned them next to the cashier counters.Read more
Tokyo -- The weather is turning cold and Japan’s convenience stores, or konbini, have hauled out the oden service pans and positioned them next to the cashier counters.

For those not familiar with oden, the sight of assorted flotsam and jetsam afloat in a clear broth and the fishy aroma impinging on their space while paying for a soft drink or chewing gum might seem puzzling. For those who love oden, though, it’s a happy reminder that there will be many ways to enjoy this hearty dish – a kind of hotpot that contains a pantry's worth of ingredients in a light broth – as winter unfolds.

A good way to enjoy the best quality oden is at odenya restaurants, which specialize in this Japanese staple. Read more
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December 23, 2016

Holiday Gifts in Tokyo: Give, Receive, Repeat

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Tokyo -- In Japan, there’s a different version of Newton’s third law of motion that applies to etiquette: for every act of kindness, there must be a similar and equal act, usually in the form of a gift. Read more