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    Where should you get a drink?

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    vending machine all around

    Favorite thing: You must taste some local drink in Tokyo!
    Most of the drink is served by vending machine. You can notice all round the area in Tokyo. There are actually more than 2000 type of drink offer in this country from soft drink to juice and beers. The packing is special that I ever since in my life! You can find more than 10 different types of Coke in can and bottle which I have it all for my collection. Some may have some funny advertisement. You can notice the price is cheaper compare you get in those convenient shop as they charge for government tax...

    Fondest memory: I like the juice and tea! A Coke in 500ml and 300ml is actually selling for same price if you notice...may be is the promotional period.

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    Drink Japanese Beer!

    by kat_on_moray Updated Feb 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit a convenience store and buy a beer - you can't really go wrong and now that malt liquor has found it's way onto Tokyo shelves there is cheaper alternative to beer (happoshu). I like JUNNAMA - it is the one with the cute white can with the blue writing - you'll know!

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    Sushi - soy sauce is for the fish - not the rice!

    by TravelPossom Written Jun 17, 2011

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    Eating at the counter just like locals!

    Favorite thing: When you go to a sushi restaurant, I was told by a Japanese friend not to dunk the rice part of sushi in the soy sauce, but just the fish (and don't let it swim!).
    Also, the best way to eat sushi is sitting at the counter, and ordering one-by-one the seasonal fish (rather than just the general fish). The word for "seasonal" is "shun", and the word for "recommendation" is "osusume". I used these words and had an amazing experience with sushi! ...Now I don't think I can go back to regular sushi in the States...

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    PURIKURA!

    by kat_on_moray Written Feb 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Purikura (photo machines) were a major fad about five years ago! They still remain a fun way to capture a part of your day out in Tokyo. You can find them inside any video game arcade....they cost between 300 to 400 yen and will be something that you can keep forever!!!

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    How to eat cheap...

    by sissah Written Feb 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: O.k., so restaurants may seem a bit expensive, so if you're trying to do Tokyo on a budget, I found the convenience stores to be a Godsend. They have premade food that you can get for really cheap, and I ate the hell out of the triangle things. I have no idea what they are called, but they're a triangle of rice with some meat smeared on top and wrapped up in nori. They cost about 100 yen (a buck) and did me fine for lunch. The stores also have boxed lunches and sandwiches for really cheap too. Much better than popping in a restaurant every time you're hungry.

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    by sczabeti Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: There are vending machines at practically each street corner and they dipense everything from fast food and bottled air to magazines and toilet paper (among other things which I won't mention here for obvious reasons - suffice it to say that the rumours are true).

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    One of the most fun things to...

    by zizquark Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: One of the most fun things to do at a sporting event in another country is to see what type of foods and souvenirs are offered.At the sumo match all matter of teas, beer ,sake,ice cream in a waffle type covering , and chicken skewers were a few of the things that could be enjoyed, The most popular seemed to be the obento box with a selection of fish shrimp, pickled vegetables, a cold omelete type of food and another box of rice. I tried to eat like the Japanese would at the event but I really would have preffered a hot dog and a beer.

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    Japanese Beers

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Dutch brought beer to Japan when they established beer halls for their sailors. Later, the Germans brought their beer and cemented its popularity. The Japanese started brewing their own version of beer shortly after the Meiji Era. A lot of Japanese people brew their own beer, and Japan also has three major breweries. The three breweries are Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin. The main product of all three companies is a lager beer. The available brands of Japanese beer include: Asahi Super Dry, Asahi Black, Asahi Hon-nama (happoshu), Kirin Lager Beer, Kirin Ichiban Shibori, Kirin Tanrei (happoshu), Sapporo Black Label, Sapporo Yebisu, Hokkaido Nama-shibori (happoshu), Suntory Malt's, Suntory Super Magnum Dry (happoshu), Orion Draft Beer and Orion Special.

    Fondest memory: Beers are very popular in japan that everywhere you go you can find it. it is cheapest to buy at konbinis or supermarkets as a 500 ml can (yes the minumum is 500 ml instead of the average 330 ml) is 170 yen. If you find yourself fortunate enough to have a Japanese beer while visiting Japan, be sure to follow custom. For example, it is considered customary when drinking with a friend or colleague to pour some of your beer for them first. It is also customary to socialize with friends or colleagues in one of Japan’s many outdoor beer gardens.

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    Japanese Noodles

    by machomikemd Written Nov 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: there are basically three kinds of japanese noodles, the most popular being the ramen (thin, wheat-based noodles with soda water, originated in china in the 10th century), the soba ( the medium, buckwheat-based noodles) and the udon (thick, wheat-based noodles). the ramen noodles being the most popular hence there are many ramen houses in tokyo and japan serving ramen noodles (even udon and soba noodles) whether hot or cold (don't order sushi or sashimi at ramen food stalls since they don't have that in the menu ok, that's why you need to go to sushi restaurants or full service japanese restaurants for it ok!) and most also serve udon and soba noodles. the noodles and the stock soup and ingredients (like deep fried pork, tempura shrimp, seaweeds, kamaboko and others) vary in taste and presentation throughout japan as every town and region in japan has it's own style of udon or soba or ramen with their own flavors from sweet to very spicy. you should try the different japanese noodles while in japan!

    Fondest memory: ramen noodle soup starts from 500 yen an order for a basic ingredients and up to 800 yen if with shrimp or other sea food ingredients. soba and udon noodles are more expensive and start from 600 yen for an order which goes up to 1,000 yen for sea food ingredients. try all of the three if you can while in tokyo.

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    the famous Replica Foods

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Japan began the practice of presenting menu offerings with plastic imitations, and the practice has spread somewhat to neighboring countries and off course is followed by Japanese eateries around the world. The concept is certainly tied to Japanese dining aesthetics, where items are arranged on the plate with beauty in mind. Yet, oddly enough, the custom of replica food was born from contact with the West. From sleek Chinese noodles glistening in pork broth, to pepperoni pizza dripping with extra cheese, to charbroiled steak straight from the grill, to freshly-sliced sashimi atop slender fingertips of white rice and on and on -- if a restaurant in Japan serves the real McCoy, odds are that a plastic replica of it is sitting outside in its showcase. The food replicas serve several purposes. They attract customers, advertise menus and whet appetites. A common sight at any Japanese row of restaurants is hungry customers drifting from one window to the next, trying to decide which display looks tastiest.

    Fondest memory: All the replicas are handcrafted to perfection. They are not mere rubbery copies of grapes or bananas, as one might find in the West, but rather stunning imitations of cookery at its finest. More than one customer has noted that the plastic model in the window can sometimes look more sumptuous than what arrives on the plate. They are usually made out of plastic. The plastic models are mostly handmade and carefully sculpted to look like the actual dishes. The models are custom-tailored to restaurants and even common items such as ramen will be modified to match each establishment's food. During the molding process, the fake ingredients are often chopped up and combined in manner similar to actual cooking.

    you can buy these replicas if you want at the Kappabashi-dori, also known just as Kappabashi Kitchen Town near the asakusa area.

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    Mochi another Japanese Famous Sweets

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: ahhh the Mochi, it is another japanese sweet icon, the mochi is a sweet, short-grained, very glutinous rice with a high starch content. Mochi is commonly used to make rice cakes, for which it is pounded in large tubs until it becomes extremely sticky. It is then formed into balls or squares, which can be found in Japanese markets. Mochi is also used in confections and rice dishes. Again this sweet snack is present everywhere in japan that every town and region has it's own style and kind of mochi with assorted fillings (my favorite is the green tea like mochi found near mount fuji) and you can buy them everywhere, in a konbini, a 2 piece mochi cost around 70 yen and the bigger ones cost about 700 yen for about 30 pieces, you should try it!

    Fondest memory: the different type of mochi!

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    Sushi

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Sushi need no introduction as it is now world famous that sushi restaurants are spread around the globe but again here's a brief introduction. Originally, The current version of sushi was sushi is fermented fish (with vinegar) and rice, preserved with salt but the contemporary version, internationally known as "sushi," was invented by Hanaya Yohei at the end of Edo period in Edo (tokyo). The sushi invented by Hanaya was an early form of fast food that was not fermented (therefore prepared quickly) and could be eaten with one's hands. This version now uses fresh ingredients and fish instead of fermenting it. Now sushi has evolved into many kinds. Yuo should try the original japanese sushi in japan!

    Fondest memory: During the Edo period, "sushi" refered to pickled fish conserved in vinegar. Nowadays sushi can be defined as a dish containing rice which has been prepared with sushi vinegar. There are many different types of sushi. Some popular ones are:

    Nigiri:
    Small rice balls with fish, shellfish, etc. on top. There are countless varieties of nigirizushi, some of the most common ones being tuna, shrimp, eel, squid, octopus and fried egg.

    Gunkan:
    Small cups made of sushi rice and dried seaweed filled with seafood, etc. There are countless varieties of gunkanzushi, some of the most common ones being sea urchin and various kinds of fish eggs.

    Norimaki:
    Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared "inside out" are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

    Temaki:
    Temakizushi (literally: hand rolls) are cones made of nori seaweed and filled with sushi rice, seafood and vegetables.

    Oshizushi:
    ohizushi is pressed sushi, in which the fish is pressed onto the sushi rice in a wooden box. The picture shows trout oshizushi in form of a popular ekiben (train station lunch box).

    Inari:
    Inarizushi is a simple and inexpensive type of sushi, in which sushi rice is filled into aburaage (deep fried tofu) bags.

    Chirashi:
    Chirashizushi is a dish in which seafood, mushroom and vegetables are spread over sushi rice. It can resemble domburi with the difference being that chirashizushi uses sushi rice while domburi uses regular, unseasoned rice.

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    Kare, Japanese Curry

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Curry was introduced in Japan in the Meiji Era in the late 1800's via trading with the English via the East India Trading Company and since then has caught on and became a hit to the japanese people and since then, the japanese curry or kare was born and that almost ecery town or region in japan has it's own curry specialty like curry rice, curry udon noodles, curry pork, curry breads, curry mochi and more. A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. For the meat, beef, pork, chicken and sometimes duck are the most popular, in order of decreasing popularity. I have pictures of the arroted japanese curry that we tasted here in japan.

    Fondest memory: the japanese curries is way so different from the indian or thai variety that is is mildy sweet and not too spicy.

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    Donburi, Cheap Rice Bowl Dish

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: the donburi is the exception to the stereotypical expensive japanese food and cuisine as it literally mean rice bowl and rice bowl means cheap but not necessarily poor in taste ok! Usually fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients are simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized rice bowls also called donburi. Donburi are sometimes called sweetened or savory stews on rice. The simmering sauce varies according to season, ingredient, region, and taste. A typical sauce might consist of dashi flavored with shoyu and mirin. Proportions vary, but there is normally three to four times as much dashi as shoyu and mirin.

    Fondest memory: kinds of Donburi meals include:

    Oyakodon (Oyako Donburi) Mother and Child Donburi
    The name of this popular donburi dish comes from its two main ingredients, chicken and egg. Very rarely, you may also encounter an Oyakodon featuring salmon and ikura (salmon eggs).

    Katsudon (Tonkatsu Donburi)
    Pork Cutlet Donburi, Katsudon is served with tonkatsu (deep fried breaded pork cutlet), egg and onions on top of the rice.

    Gyudon (Gyuniku Donburi) Beef Donburi
    Gyudon is a bowl of cooked rice with beef, is very popular as an inexpensive type of fast food served at chain stores across the country like yoshinoya, matsuya or sushiya.

    Tendon (Tempura Donburi) Tempura Donburi
    Tempura are deep fried pieces of battered seafood and vegetables. Various tempura pieces are dipped into a soya based sauce before served on top of the rice.

    Unadon (Unagi Donburi) Eel Donburi
    The eel is grilled and prepared in a thick soya based sauce before served on top of the cooked rice.

    Tekkadon (Tekka Donburi) Tuna Donburi
    The topping of Tekkadon is raw tuna (maguro). It is served with strips of nori seaweed and sometimes ground yamaimo.

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    Manju, A Japanese Sweet Cake Favorite

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: the japanese has lots of yummy sweet treats from their cuisine and the Manju is one of them and it is a kind traditional steamed sweet cake that is very popular all over japan that every region and town has it's own recipe and fillings for this sweet icon! Manju is a Japanese steamed cake, and it's a traditional Japanese sweet. A variety of fillings are used in manju. The most popular filling is anko (or sweet azuki bean paste) and green tea (macha) and roast pork but there are also other fillings. They come in different varieties and packagings (korea an china have their own versions of the Manju). A big one piece manju costs about 90 yen and the 2 dozen small ones costs 800 yen and they are available everywhere.

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