Gonpachi Nori-Temaki is a hand-wrapped sushi (temaki) spin-off from the famous Kill Bill restaurant chain, Gonpachi, in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Barbacoa is a fantastic Brazilian churrasco buffet-style restaurant specializing in classic grilled meats in an all-you-can-eat dining experience — with five locations in Tokyo.
The yatai: return of street food in Tokyo + amazing places to find the best! Once prevalent in Japanese culture, street food vendors (or “yatai” as described locally) are starting to return
How much does it cost to go to Tokyo for a week? This will depend on your travel goals, but expect to spend between $500-$900/person for a week in Tokyo.
Staring at the menu with all the wonderful looking food, but can’t read the words? I know the feeling all too well.
Before the Japanese begin their meals, they’ll hold their hands together, close their eyes, bow slightly, and say something. What are they saying?
Karaoke was born in Japan! It’s short of karappo (empty) and orchestra; aka “empty vocals.” Karaoke in Japan is insanely fun. They’re like hotels for karaoke!
Ryokan are traditional Japanese style inns. Featuring tatami rooms, communal baths, futon beds, and traditional cuisine.
A sento is a public bath. Not to be confused with onsen, which is a natural hot spring. A super sento is a very large health spa. They offer many facilities…
Dashi is a Japanese soup broth used in a variety of Japanese cuisine. It is made by simmering dried bonito flakes or dried kelp (called konbu).
Tatami is the rice straw flooring used in traditional Japanese rooms. The rice straw core is tightly woven with a soft rush (another type of straw). The tatami mat is a standard
Jinja 神社 are Shinto shrines. They sanctify Shinto deities. Fun fact: You’ll find a jinja in almost every community across Japan.
Kanpai is the Japanese way of toasting. It literally means “to drink up sake from one’s cup.” It’s used much like in western society, at the beginning of a celebration. Most often
Kaiseki 懐石 is a traditional Japanese multicourse meal. Basically consisting of hors d’oeuvre, soup, & 3 other dishes + pickles, rice, & dessert.
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers. They are not what you may think they are. They wear kimono & white makeup you’ve seen in movies.
Nomi means drink. A nomikai is a drinking party. Nomikai usually takes place in izakaya, but increasingly at home too.
To learn “what is an ekiben,” let’s break it down. Eki is “train station.” Ben is short for “bento.” Bento is a lunch box. Ekiben is “train station lunch box.”
Kushi (串) means “skewered” and age (揚げ) means “fried.” I think you can guess where this leads, kushiage means “skewered fried food.“