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Beyond Sushi: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

In Training: An Olympic Feast Inside Tokyo’s Busiest Station

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By Phoebe Amoroso
Tokyo -- Editor’s Note: Although sadly there will be no spectators at this year’s Olympics, set to open July 23, we are running this piece – first commissioned for last summer’s original opening date – in a nod towards Tokyo’s gold medal spirit in the face of what has been a very challenging road to these summer games. Japanese trains have garnered worldwide admiration and praise for their punctuality, efficiency and cleanliness. The country’s railway network is supported by a strong surrounding infrastructure, and some stations have become tourist spots in themselves. Read more
Tokyo -- Japanese trains have garnered worldwide admiration and praise for their punctuality, efficiency and cleanliness. The country’s railway network is supported by a strong surrounding infrastructure, and some stations have become tourist spots in themselves. And whereas eating at a train station might be a last resort in other countries, in Japan, you might find yourself at a gourmet destination.

In 2005, JR East, the largest of the Japan Railways corporations, began to push the concept of ekinaka – literally “inside station” – as a way to expand their business in the face of a declining and ageing population. Previously, stations might have had small kiosks selling magazines and snacks inside the ticket gates, and perhaps a standing soba noodle shop, cheap bowls purchased by a ticket vending machine at the door. Read more
June 14, 2021

Suju Dining Rokkaku: Miso Central

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Tokyo Many people think of miso as the soup that gets tacked onto every Japanese meal. We can still remember our first experience of Japanese food in the West, when the waiter brought the soup at the end of the meal, and someone thought he’d forgotten to serve it at the beginning. Any self-respecting Japanese meal, just about anywhere in the world, will end with miso soup. Read more
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