MODERN CULTURE & DINING

Modern Culture & Dining

A Fashion Chat With a Harajuku Girl

A Fashion Chat With a Harajuku GirlTokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood has nurtured its own sense of whimsy and freedom since the late 1980s and 1990s, when it became a mecca for inventive street culture and colorful, offbeat fashion styles. One of the first boutiques to...

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The Latest in Japan’s Cat Culture

In Japan, neko (cats) are becoming a must-pet tourist attraction. Roaming cities and towns, taking over coffee shops, the animals have stolen the hearts of residents and visitors alike. Today, there are more than 150 cat cafés dotting Japan. Though other animals,...

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5 Tips for Perfect Chopsticks Etiquette

5 Tips for Perfect Chopsticks EtiquetteOrdered a sushi delivery lately? If so, odds are that from the moment you snapped apart the chopsticks and rubbed their splintery edges together to your last chomp of chirashi, you probably committed a half dozen faux pas that...

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The Noodles that Changed the World

The compact disc. The digital camera. The instant ramen noodle? Believe it or not, the third one is considered one of the most significant and impactful Japanese inventions of any kind. You probably equate the instant noodle with hazy college dorm rooms or the...

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This Is Breakfast in Japan

It shouldn’t come as any surprise, but a traditional Japanese breakfast could not be more different from the Western coffee-and-pastry on the run. In fact, a visitor from overseas might think it looks and feels more like dinner. The first meal of the day in Japan...

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The Story Behind Plastic Foods in Japan

When it comes to food, Japanese culture takes preparation very seriously. But one of the most eye-catching, intricate and expensive food practices in Japan is so devoted to preparation that the dishes never actually get eaten. No, it’s not a Michelin star-rated...