Me Time Guide Table For One

Experience the Best – Ultimate Curry Lover’s Guide In Osaka

Many international travelers who have visited Japan say that Osaka is their favorite destination in Japan, especially for foodies and excursionists. One of the exciting attractions of the city is its food. You can enjoy traditional dishes to inexpensive street foods, including a vast variety of curry dishes. Osaka is known as the “kitchen of the nation” after this port city flourished and became the center of commercial industry as well as of culinary expressions during the Edo period (1603-1868). Osaka has a famous saying called Kuidaore(食い倒れ), which means to spoil yourself with extravagant food. Osaka-style Curry Makes Room for a Raw Egg in the Middle The Osaka curry usually cracks a

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Where to Eat in Tokyo: The Real Curry Guide

The food experience is one of the best attractions in Japan. When people typically think of Japanese food, many of us imagine sushi, soba, ramen, and yakitori. The fact is that Japan is the world’s second-largest curry-loving country!   In Tokyo, Jinbōchō is an essential place when talking about curry. Since the Meiji era, the area has been known as a student town populated with many schools and bookstores. There are over 150 antiquarian bookstores still located there today. According to curry lovers, Jinbōchō had an abundance of curry restaurants from 1965 to 1984. Many of the men in their late teens to 30s used to come here to buy old books and

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The Taxi-Driver’s and Pro Solo Foodies’ Eatery Guide in Tokyo

Taxi drivers in Tokyo always know the fastest way to get to the train station or airport. They also know where the best restaurants are to dine. During our many taxi rides across the city, we talked to drivers about the best places to have Japanese B-kyu gurume—a unique Japanese style of B-class gourmet cuisine which is prized for its flavors. This cuisine is typically prepared in small restaurants, using local and relatively inexpensive ingredients. A complete meal here typically costs under 1500 yen (US$15), which better fits a driver’s budget. Here are our results of taxi driver B-kyu gurume restaurants in Tokyo, where the food tastes like you are transported straight to

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Best Guide: Find Your Favorite Indian Curry In Osaka

The influx of foreign tourists to Osaka is on the rise, and they relish dining at the various curry shops just as much as the locals (maybe even more!). While you may be familiar with Japanese foods like sushi, soba, and tempura, consider exploring the myriad curry dishes Japan has to offer on your next visit. We find that curry consumption in Japan is remarkably high, ranking second only to India. There are many kinds of curries out there, with different types of spices, various levels of spiciness, and a dizzying number of vegetable and meat combinations. Osaka has a famous saying called Kuidaore(食い倒れ), which means to spoil yourself with

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Japanese Diaspora Life Style Table For One

Uncovering the Thriving Food Culture in South Korean Society

Korean dramas and movies, which have gained popularity globally, often feature scenes of meals, which stimulate the viewers’ appetite. If you search online for “Korean drama meals,” you can easily find recipes to recreate meals that have appeared in popular dramas. Many books have been published on this subject. We also see that people are flocking to Koreatowns around the world and paying a visit to South Korea in search of authentic gourmet meals. Why do Korean dramas and movies often feature dining scenes? We can find part of the answer in 『続・韓国カルチャー 描かれた「歴史」と社会の変化』written by Junko Ito. Her book examines social changes through entertainment in South Korea and provides detailed explanations

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The 5 Luxury Classic Onsen in the Northeast: The Perfect Destinations for Solos

Japan has an ancient custom in traditionally taking hot baths. People in Japan customarily like to go to public bathhouses. There are many different types and varieties of bathhouses. Some use tap water in their baths which is typically called Sentō(銭湯). In contrast, bathhouses that utilize a natural hot spring, are called Onsen(温泉). In particular, a trip to an onsen is one of the most popular activities for modern Japanese people. We will reveal some of the special places that hot spring fans truly enjoy during their trips in Japan. Touji(湯治), means “hot spring cure”. It refers to visiting a resort that possesses a natural hot spring. It typically requires

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The Epic & Ultimate Pilgrimage: Ise Jingu for Solo Travelers

One of the most famous Japanese sightseeing pilgrimages for Japanese and foreigners is the Ise Jingu Shrine, located in Ise city, Mie Prefecture. Ise Jingu is a Shinto shrine that represents the country and is preserved by the imperial family. There are an amazing 125 Shinto shrines within Ise Jingo. Two of the two main shrines are Naiku and Geku. Naiku means inner shrine, the most venerable sanctuary in Japan. Within Naiku is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, the ancestral Shinto deity of the Imperial family. She was enshrined in Naiku about 2,000 years ago and has been revered as a guard of Japan. Geku, the other main shrine,

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Me Time Guide

Me Time Trend: Onsen Far From Tokyo

There is no surprise that Japan is great country for solo traveling. There are many solo dining spaces in cafes & restaurants, Manga cafes (24 hours internet cafes, with an extensive selection of comics and videos), capsule hotels, solo karaoke rooms and more! Most solo activities are very popular regardless of age and gender. Last time we talked about onsen & ryokan near Tokyo, this time we introduce you to travel to a little more distant/further places from Tokyo. A Hidden Onsen: Hoshi Onsen Chojukan_Gunma Prefecture People love traditional hot springs with warm hospitality, while getting tremendous value for great service at a very reasonable price. Hoshi Onsen has been

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Me Time Trend: Onsen Near Tokyo

During the last ten years, Me Time culture has become increasingly more popular in Japan. The top 3 Me Time trend activities in Japan are onsen, sauna, and camping. These activities provide specialized services for solo travelers. Before we introduce you to the sauna and camping trends in Tokyo we would like to talk about onsen. Because it’s an important aspect of Japanese traditional culture as well as a trending Me Time activity. What’s Onsen? Natural hot springs or onsens are fueled by volcanic activity. The minerals provide various health benefits, and have a relaxing effect on your body and mind. Many onsens are in ryokans (much more preferable and

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Life Style

Clear Your Mind, Breathe, and Stand on Your Feet

During the pandemic, it was virtually impossible to see what was going to happen in the near future. Some things were occurring at a blinding pace, and we simply did not have any control over certain situations. When our minds are in turmoil, a firm awareness of our feet as the center of our axis can actually help calm our thoughts and strengthen our minds. A Buddhist monk once told us that when our mind is in turmoil, we should be aware of the soles of our feet, to help feel and calm our own presence. “Feet on the ground” is a Japanese idiom meaning a stable, steady, and calm

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The History of the Japanese Table For One

In Japan, the Edo period between 1603 to 1868 was a representative era of modern Japanese culture, and the history of Table For One was already in full bloom. Under the stable political system of the Edo period, many citizens became economically prosperous, and thus, the food/restaurant industry was emerging along with the development of the urban economy. During this development, eating habits changed from 2 meals a day to 3 meals a day. Dishes such as sushi, soba, tempura, and unagi (eel) were sold at food stands as fast-food service which suited the people of Edo’s busy lifestyle. Also, certain restaurants which were called Izakaya and Teishokuya (another name

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Table for One in Japan: How to Enjoy Solo Dining

Ohitorisama means one person or Table For One. It has become a rapidly growing movement over the last ten years. There are an increasing number of mangas, TV drama series, and books about the Ohitorisama lifestyle. The solo life activities includes activities such as travel, camping, Onsen(a Japanese hot spring), Tabe-aruki (eating while walking), and much more. Specifically, Japan’s Table For One culture is growing in popularity exponentially. Many Japanese people are dining alone regularly. They see foreigners who visit are thoroughly enjoying the experience and not frustrated to be alone. It’s solo diners’ heaven, as many foreign solo travelers exclaim, “the Japanese food experience is one of the best memories

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Solo Travel & Living, Practical Tips From Japanese Local Solos

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world which makes it a great place and experience for a solo traveling getaway. Here are typical questions from international tourists, and we are going to answer them! Is traveling solo popular in Japan? Yes, from teenagers to elders, Japanese enjoy traveling, especially in solo settings. Even people who are married or living with a partner also enjoy traveling and dining solo… that is not a rare thing. Here are more articles about the Japanese way of living alone in Japan. Where can I enjoy traveling or dining solo in Japan? Many cafes, restaurants, and bars offer a table for one,

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