Cute appearance and easy to eat — the popular “Stick Onigiri” steals the Onigiri limelight!

09.April.2016 | FOOD

Becoming an increasingly popular food topic in the media, this new stick-shaped, cute onigiri is easy to make and eat ー and tasty too! It seems that this new, appetizing and attractive alternative to regular non stick-shaped onigiri is going to become the new type of onigiri to steal the limelight!


Here are 4 introductory points as to why the new Stick Onigiri is becoming so popular:


1. Simple and easy to make!!

The basic steps to make Stick Onigiri is so simple — put a layer rice and your chosen ingredients on a piece of cling film and then simply roll it up to form a stick shape!


2. Eat without getting your hands dirty!

The cling film surrounding the Stick Onigiri makes it an easy snack to take on the go and prevents messy eating!

3. It just looks so cute! ♡

Its appetizing appearance, which is both cute and makes the perfect finger food for any occasion will certainly gain lots of attention!


4. Stick Onigiri can be stored and eaten later!

Just keep the stick onigiri in the cling film and you can store it in the fridge or freezer. It can last up to 1 week!


Look out for the stick onigiri recipe book “obento wo motto tanoshiku. 1・2・3suteppu de kantan! suteikku onigiri” 『お弁当をもっと楽しく。 1・2・3ステップで簡単!スティックおにぎり』 A recipe book full of fun ways to make the perfect Japanese style lunches more fun with Stick Onigiri ー a 3-step easy guide!


In this lovely warm weather, Stick Onigiri makes the perfect quick and tasty snack to enjoy at a picnic! ♪


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Obento wo motto tanoshiku. 1・2・3suteppu de kantan!

『お弁当をもっと楽しく。 1・2・3ステップで簡単!スティックおにぎり』

Author:Danno Mariko
B5 size, 64 pages

Regular price: ¥800(Not including tax)

Publisher:Shufunotomo Infos Johosha Co.,LTD.

Sold by:SHUFUNOTOMO Co., Ltd


  • Onigiri Cakes Inspired by Jujutsu Kaisen Character Inumaki Toge Announced

    24.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Online cake shop has begun selling a collection of six onigiri-shaped cakes inspired by the character Inumaki Toge from the popular anime series Jujutsu Kaisen! The items were originally released to great fanfare in December, and are now available again for a limited time.


    Inumaki Toge is able to use curses simply by speaking, and in order to avoid hurting anyone close to him, the only words he uses are the names of onigiri fillings.


    Inumaki Toge’s Onigiri Cakes

    Orange / Chocolate Mint / Rose / Blue Honeysuckle / Cookies & Cream / Green Soybean

    The set contains six cakes, each with a different flavor. Each cake is also wrapped in packaging featuring a scene from the series and this new release includes new flavors like orange and chocolate mint. In the warmer weather, try enjoying these cakes without thawing them!



  • Fruit Packed Sandwiches Get Whipped Up at Limited-Time Shop in Tokyo

    21.February.2021 | FOOD


    The fruit sandwich eatery Maruichi Seika has opened a pop-up shop on the second floor of Kita-Senju Marui in Adachi, Tokyo. The shop is a collaboration between the popular local restaurant Ippo Ippo and Maruichi, a long-standing and much-loved fruit shop.

    Fruit is the key ingredient at Maruichi Seika where they want customers stuffing their cheeks with strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and more. Fruit is packed into fat sandwiches and combined with mascarpone cheese for a filling treat. The bread is provided by Furansuya, a local bakery in Kita-Senju that has been running for over 10 years.

    A Select Look at the Line-Up


    Sky Berry | ¥740 (Tax Included)

    This sandwich is named after a particular variety of strawberry is known as the Sky Berry. It’s sourced from Tochigi Prefecture and is known for its superior sweetness, juiciness, and the fact that it’s low in acidity. Ordering this lets you enjoy three different kinds of well-known strawberry: the titular Sky Berry, the Tochiotome which is also from Tochigi, and the classic Amaou from Fukuoka.


    Setoka | ¥840 (Tax Included)

    The Setoka is a rare and super sweet, full-bodied citrus fruit that’s normally given as a gift in Japan. In sandwich form, it enjoys a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.


    Pineapple | ¥630 (Tax Included)

    The Golden Pineapple from the Philippines is the variety used in this sandwich, packed with mouth-watering sweetness and offering a rich fruity fragrance.


    Maruichi Mix | ¥740 (Tax Included)

    This sandwich is a combination of fruits including the Amaou strawberry from Fukuoka, the Kanjuku Kiwi from Ehime, and the Premium Banana from the Philippines. It also contains the best picked mikan which are bought fresh from the market every day.

    If you’ve never tried a fruit sandwich in Japan and are in Tokyo this winter, then don’t miss out on Maruichi Seika’s limited-time line-up.


  • Stay Home: Simple Onigiri Rice Ball Recipes Using Cheap Ingredients From Lawson Store 100

    22.April.2020 | FOOD

    Lawson Store 100 is a branch of Lawson convenience stores where most of the items are priced at ¥100, including fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, eggs, frozen foods, snacks, drinks, and more. Today, we’re looking at simple onigiri recipes made using ¥100 ingredients from Lawson Store 100.


    Super Simple Recipe: Dried Bonito x Mayonnaise

    This takes the classic “okaka” onigiri and adds a whole new depth of flavour to it by using mayonnaise which adds a richness that matches perfectly with the taste of the dried bonito. Every bite is delicious, and is a perfect way to change up a simple okaka onigiri.


    ・Satsuma Katsuobushi Pack ・Mayonnaise ・Marudaizu Soy Sauce


    1: Sprinkle salt over hot sushi rice and mix
    2: Pour one pack (2g) of the katsuobushi dried bonito onto a small plate. Add soy sauce and mayonnaise to taste and mix. Add to rice and roll.


    Okonomiyaki Onigiri

    The perfect springtime rice ball made with okonomiyaki ingredients that make it seriously eye-catching. The scent of the seaweed invites notes of the seaside. Each bite treats your taste buds to sweetness and sourness from the red ginger, delicious shrimp, and rich mayonnaise. The tenkasu deep-fried dough adds a satisfying crunch.


    ・Mayonnaise ・Tenkasu ・Aosa Powdered Seaweed ・Red Ginger ・Shrimp


    1: Add the tenkasu, aosa, red ginger, and shrimp to hot rice.
    2: Squirt on mayonnaise to taste and roll.


    South Korean Style Packs a Punch

    This bright-red onigiri is made using a spicy kimchi from Lawson Store 100. The spiciness of the kimchi seeps into the rice and marries gorgeously with the melted cheese. After giving you a kick from the spice, your mouth is treated to the cheese in all its smoothness. It’s a flavour combination of South Korean cuisine and pickled daikon radishes which give great texture to the rice ball.


    ・Ru San’s Kimchi ・Mozzarella Mix Cheese ・Korean Seaweed ・Ume Katsuo Pickled Daikon Radish


    1: Chop the kimchi and daikon radishes to an edible size.
    2: Add the chopped kimchi, radishes, and your cheese to hot rice and mix until everything melts together.
    3: Roll into a shape of your liking and finish by wrapping with the seaweed.
    *It’s recommended to use only a little or no kimchi if making for kids


    The Devil’s Onigiri

    While naughty, mixing together butter and tenkasu makes for a seriously delicious combination. It’s effectively the devil’s onigiri at this point, with the mouth-watering flavour of the butter, the crunchy tenkasu, and to finishーsalted kombu for the perfect balance.


    ・Salted KombuVL ・Tenkasu ・Butter


    1: Add your desired serving of salted kombu and tenkasu to hot rice, then melt in butter and mix.
    2: Roll into the shape of your choice.


    Get creative with your onigiri and enjoy.

  • Hand drip tea speciality shop Tokyo Saryo reopens Ochazuke stand for limited time only!

    26.April.2019 | FOOD

    Tokyo Saryo was the world’s first ever hand drip tea specialist shop. This year, they’re celebrating the first tea of the season with the reopening of Ochazuke stand Tokyo Saryo. The Ochazuke stand was a big hit last year, and this year it will be open for a three month period from Wednesday 24th April to Wednesday 31st July.


    Ochazuke is a Japanese dish that every Japanese person must have had at least once in their life. For many, it is a normal option for a light breakfast that you can make at home. It’s just green tea poured over cooked rice. Simple! However, in recent years, replacing the green tea with dashi stock has become the most popular form of this breakfast. The Ochazuke stand hopes to encourage people to use green tea for their ochazuke in their daily lives more often by creating an original ochazuke dish which really carries the flavour of green tea. The recipe has been specially made to fit in with modern daily lifestyle.

    This ochazuke is sprinkled with lots of green tea so you can really enjoy “eating” tea! Soft sprouting tea leaves that resemble the appearance of nori seaweed are collected and ground into a powder called tencha. This tea remains in its unground form of matcha. Pour water over the original green tea powder and the fragrance of the tea will be released!

    Teahouse original ochazuke: Eel ¥500 Teahouse original ochazuke: Salmon ¥500
    Teahouse original ochazuke: Scallop ¥500  Teahouse original ochazuke: Plum ¥500 (*tax included in prices stated)

     You can also add olive oil to your dish afterwards for just ¥50.


    Order Tokyo Saryo’s hand drip tea on top of your order (+¥150) and you will be presented with the first tea of the season that uses tea leaves freshly collected from Kagoshima. The leaves were collected on 7th April 2019 and a special recipe is used to make this tea.

    It’s not just tea they serve here! As an important base flavour, the stand also serves up dashi. This is made by combining bonito fish flakes and kombu kelp sourced from Makurazaki to produce a high quality and delicious flavour.

    You can also choose to add a topping of Nicomaru Genmai which is made from brown rice. This is very popular among adults as it adds a luxurious fragrance to your meal.

    You can eat in or take out for the same price. Every day, sales will end when they run out of rice, so get there as fast as you can!

  • “Character ‘bento’ box lunch” recipe! A rice ball of Rilakkuma turned into a Japanese-Hina Doll

    18.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.


     “Hinamatsuri” is a festival in Japan which is held on the 3rd of March to wish for the health and happiness of a girl child and each house displays a set of Hina Dolls on the 3rd March.


    In this article, I will introduce to you how to make “Rilakkuma Ohinasama ni Henshin! Onigiri (rice ball)”




    Rice – 200g

    Yakiniku no Tare (Japanese BBQ sauce)


    Sliced ham

    Cheddar cheese

    Sliced cheese

    Satsumaage (deep-fried ball of fish paste)

    Kinusaya (snow peas)

    Seaweed cutout



    2: Separate the rice in half and add “yakiniku no tare” (1 tablespoon) to one of the halves and mix. Shape the rice like an egg and place it on top of some plastic wrap until it gets cold.

    ☆You can use “mentsuyu” (noodle soup) instead of “yakiniku no tare.”



    3: Cut out the satsuma age as shown in the photo to make the ears of Rilakkuma by cutting it out.

    Take off the thin part of the satsuma age and cutout the white part to make the parts of Korilakkuma. Use the leftover satsuma age to make the round-shaped hands.



    4: Make the other parts. Use the kinusaya to make the hat and rod and use sliced ham to make the crown and fan. Use cheder cheese and sliced ham to make the inside of the ears.



    5:Wrap the seaweed on the rice ball as shown in the photo. Use sliced ham for Korilakkuma’s rice ball. This time, I also used frill lettuce as shown in the photo.


    Arrange the shape of the bottom line of the ham/lettuce to make it look like a kimono.



    6: Fix the hat, rod, crown and fan with fried pasta. Finished!

    How to make fried pasta:




    Let’s make hinamatsuri-rice balls and put them into a “bento” lunch box.


    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!


    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.

    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,

    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27


  • Chef Jun Kurogi to release Japanese caviar brand “CAVIAR PURE”

    09.December.2017 | FOOD

    Kurogi is a Japanese restaurant that is said to be the most difficult in Tokyo to get a reservation. The owner, Jun Kurogi, has a group company called A KUROGI HALAL FOODS, who is releasing a new brand of caviar called CAVIAR PURE together with JAPAN CAVIAR, Inc – the biggest producer of caviar in Miyazaki Prefecture – with the hope of global expansion. CAVIAR PURE will go on sale starting December 13th.


    JAPAN CAVIAR’s caviar brand “CAVIAR PURE” uses leading edge techniques and delicate skill that has been handed down through the years to produce a great flavour unique to Japan that was born from the Japanese mindset to deliver only the best of the best.


    A lot of high grade imported caviar uses preservatives, pasteurization and high salinity (5-7%) to prioritize the prolongation of food storage. However, using this process reduces the flavour and freshness of the caviar. That’s where “CAVIAR PURE” comes in. Only sturgeons that are raised healthily are harvested for their fresh roe which is processed into caviar. The company is also able to produce a low salt concentration thanks to blending low mineral salt. This is where the real flavour of the caviar comes in: as once it has been cured to bring out the good flavour it is quickly put in cold storage producing fresh caviar for you to enjoy.


    Moreover, everything from harvesting to the production of the caviar is consistent in Miyazaki Prefecture. No chemicals are used at any point during the rearing of the sturgeons – they are reared within strict guidelines which are are firmly adhered to so as to not spoil the flavour.


    The deciding factor of the caviar’s great taste is the natural flavour of the caviar brought out by blended low mineral salt. The seasoning uses only the best blended salt selected by the caviar masters around the world. Jun Kurogi is one of those masters and demonstrates excellence of his seasoning with the harvested caviar.


    If you’re feeling a little bit luxurious then why not try some high quality caviar obtainable only in Japan?



    CAVIAR PURE [Gold 10] 10g – ¥8,000 (tax excl.) *comes in standard packaging

    CAVIAR PURE [Gold 30] 30g – ¥23,100 (tax excl.) *comes in standard packaging

    CAVIAR PURE [Gold 100] 100g – ¥74,000 (tax excl.) *comes in standard packaging

    Optional gift packaging – ¥2,000 (tax excl.) *comes with shell spoon

    (The optional gift packaging from brings out the beauty of CAVIAR PURE even more. You can pick a 2 or 3 drawer box.)


    Online Shop:


  • Rakuten Travel announced the ranking of accommodations which offer popular game dishes.

    19.November.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    The travel reservation site, “Rakuten Travel” announced  its“2017 / Ranking of accommodations which offer game dishes.” They calculated the number of the users and days the users stayed targeting the plans including the word “game (gibier)”and announced that “Shinjo Kanko Hotel” won first place.


     “Gibier” is a French word meaning the flesh of wild animals and it has developed as a food culture of aristocracies in Europe since old days.


    No.1 / Aichi Prefecture / Shinjo Kanko Hotel

    No.2 / Shizuoka Prefecture / Gensen Kakenagashi no Yu Oyado Sakaya

    No.3 / Nara Prefecture / Totsugawa Onsen Seikyo no Yado Sansui

    No.4 / Wakayama Prefecture / Ryujin Onsen Bijin Tei

    No.5 / Ishikawa Prefecture / Shiramine Onsen Hotel Happo


     “Shinjo Kanko Hotel” which won first place offers a curry using venison every morning. Okumikawa is an area near the hotel rich in nature and the meat of the animals living in this area is tasty since it does not contain much fat. Venison contains less fat than other kinds of meat and contains lots of protein and iron. Also, venison is not smelly, so it is suitable for beginners of game dishes.


    “Gensen Kakenagashi no Yu Oyado Sakaya” which won second place has been offering “Daimyoyaki,” a famous dish which grills brawn, pork and beef with vegetable produced locally (Amagi). Their brawn nabe (Japanese hot pot) made with miso sauce which takes about a week to make is known as the local dish of Amagi and you can enjoy it during the autumn and winter seasons. The users of the accommodation are saying “Daimyoyaki is a simple dish where you grill meat and vegetables together but it is very tasty.”


     “Totsugawa Onsen Seikyo no Yado Sansui” in Nara Prefecture which won the third place is an accommodation which offers local foods located in Totsugawa Village rich in nature. The brawn nabe using the natural brawn of Totsugawa and the tea ceremony dishes where you can enjoy venison, brawn and Chinese soft-shelled turtles at once are offered. They use clean spring, locally grown vegetables and meat. The users of the accommodation are saying, “I heard some game dishes are smelly but the dishes offered by this accommodation were very good.”


    Why don’t you enjoy full-fledged game dishes at Japanese accommodations?



    2017 Ranking of Accommodations Which Offer Popular Game Dishes.

    Ranking date: 2017,10,11 (Wed.)

    The method of collecting information: Calculated the number of the users and days the users stayed targeting plans including the word “game (gibier)”

    Target dates: 2016,10,1 (Sat.) to 2017,9,30 (Sat.)


    Rakuten Travel Facebook:

    Rakuten Travel Instagram    @rakutentravel

    Rakuten Travel Application:


  • “Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza” begins sales of 5-colored gyoza

    19.November.2017 | FOOD

    At the juicy-meat gyoza (dumpling) specialty store, “Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza / Kabuki-cho Store” they will begin the sales of the 5-colored colorful gyoza, “Colorful Rainbow Gyoza” starting from 2017 November 16th (Thurs.)


    The interior of “Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza” has been designed to look like the Edo Period fire fighter organization, “Hikeshi-tai.” Paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and there are wooden tabs hanging all over the wall. When you enter this store, you will feel as though you have time-slipped into the Edo Period and you can enjoy the atmosphere and the lively feeling.


    “Colorful Rainbow Gyoza” has a skin with a chewy texture and is packed full of meat. The 5 colors of the gyoza are made of the following; squid ink, turmeric, spinach and red peppers. The skin does not absorb water and become soggy so it is good as a take-away item. This gyoza is not only very delicious but is a very photogenic 5-colored gyoza.


    This gyoza uses specially chosen cuts of pork and special attention has been paid to the “umami” flavor of the meat. It is a “shoronpo”-like gyoza with lots of meat juices. The secret of the meat juices is the fact that high-quality scallop muscles and fish soup is used. The flour used to make the skin has a chewy texture and is suited to envelop the meat juices. No garlic or “nira” (leek) is used so it is very popular with women. The more you chew the more the meat juices fill your mouth and it is a truly exquisite gyoza.


    2017, November 29 (Wed.) is known as “good meat day” (The reading of the numbers in Japanese – “ii niku” means “good meat.”) On this day a “Ii Niku no hi” campaign will be carried out. The campaign will be carried out from 23:00 ~ 5:00 (90 minute duration) for all customers who have reservations after 23:00. “Colorful Rainbow Gyoza” (500 yen per order) will be offered (the 5 gyoza will be the following gyoza; boiled gyoza, fried gyoza, deep fried gyoza, gyoza cutlet and colorful rainbow gyoza.) Customers can eat as much as they like for this price.


    This gyoza has now been registered as a “GYOZA&TOKYO” food item. This labeling is a part of a promotion campaign to announce good food to foreign guests to Tokyo. “&TOKYO” is a logo for Tokyo citizens, private business persons and foreign travelers. It will be used to highlight the charms of Tokyo. Various activities and things can be places before the “&” mark and this will express this Tokyo charm. They aim to spread this movement and by adding various activities and things at the front of the logo “&TOKYO” help to make this logo a symbol of Tokyo.


    Why not try this gyoza which tastes delicious and looks awsome.



    Colorful rainbow gyoza

    Price: 5 for 500 yen (tax not included)

    “Nikujiru Sai” (Colorful rainbow gyoza start of sales campaign) Overview

    Time: 2017 November 29th (Wed.) 23:00 ~ 5:00

    Duration: 90 minutes

    Intended customers: Persons who have made reservations for after 23:00 (Reservations must be made before 15:00)

    Price: 500 yen (with tax 540yen)

       *At least one drink and one food item must be ordered

    Content: Colorful Rainbow Gyoza one serving (500 yen) includes 5 gyoza (boiled gyoza, fried gyoza, deep fried gyoza, gyoza cutlet, Colorful Rainbow Gyoza) as much as you like

    How to make a reservation: Make a reservation by going to the store’s website. *In the “questions and requests box” please write, “Nikujiru Sai”




    Shinjyuku Kakekomi Gyoza / Kabuki-cho store

    Address: 1&2F No.58 Tokyo Building, 1-12-2 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: Open 24 hours a day / no holidays



    &TOKYO official website:


  • Five Japanese-style cafes in Tokyo where you can enjoy the culture of ninja, Japanese food and Japanese desserts.

    13.November.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    There are lots of stylish cafes in Tokyo and the number of “Japanese-style cafés” is increasing.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some modern but good-old Japanese-style cafes.

    “Ninja Sabo KUNOICHI” where you can meet with ninjas (Shibuya)

    The concept of this café is “a café where you can meet with ninjas.” Of course, the menu items will be delivered by “kunoichis” (female ninja). They sell special menu items such as “omusubi”(rice balls) which you can learn how to make, KUNOICHI’s special dango (rice dumpling) and cherry-blossom gelidium jelly. They also sell lots of nihonshu (sake) so you can use the café as a bar.



    Ninja Sabo KUNOICHI

    Address: 2-23-6, Higashi, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (21:30L.O.)

    Fixed holiday: None (except for year’s end and New Year holidays)

    TEL:03-5778-4419(a reservation can be made from 11/8)



    A Japanese tea-café where you can enjoy “Yamecha”-“CHAKAS CAFÉ” (Kohto-ku)


    CHAKAS CAFÉ is a café where one can enjoy Fukuoka Prefecture’s brand tea, “Yamecha” (the tea will be served in a teapot) and handmade onigiri.

    You can enjoy full-fledged tea and onigiris produced by a “Japanese tea appraiser” and a “five-star rice master” everyday.






    Address: 〒135-0011, 2-4-4, Ogibashi, Kotoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (lunchtime 11:00 to 14:00)

    Fixed holiday: Tuesdays





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  • Tempura, Soba and Gyoza! Six recommended restaurants which offer Japanese food other than Sushi

    06.November.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese food is not only sushi! There are a lots of wonderful traditional Japanese dishes. Let us introduce to you 6 restaurants witch offer Japanese food in Tokyo.


    GYOZA BAR Comme a paris(Aoyama)


    Gyoza is a representative popular food that is loved by many people. “GYOZA BAR Comme a Paris” in Aoyama is a new style Gyoza restaurant where you can enjoy gyoza with natural wine or champagne.  It is also known as the restaurant that Masakazu Narukami from restaurant called, “Narukami” which received one star in the Michelin guide book, is in charge of creating the menu, so their side dishes and sauces incorporate his own uniqueness. Cilantro, gyoza (680yen tax included) and Onion gratin gyoza (920 yen tax included) are popular in addition to the standard menu items such as Vegetable gyoza (520yen tax included) and Pork gyoza (550yen tax included). Especially, Onion gratin gyoza has a great combination of the chewy texture of the gyoza skin which tastes like boiled gyoza and the rich onion gratin’s flavor.


    Detailed information:



    GYOZA BAR Comme a paris

    Address:2-2-4 Aoyama Alcoop205, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:5:00PM to 11:45PM(L.O.11:30PM)









    The 3 major noodle dishes in Japan are ramen, soba-noodles, and udon-noodles. What people like about these noodles is how different they are according to the area. Broadly speaking, people in the East like soba noodles, and people in West like udon-noodles. Therefore, Tokyo is in the soba culture area. If you are looking for a modern type of restaurant, there is the Michelin-starred restaurant called “Tamawarai” in Harajuku. The building is located in a residential area, and does not look like a soba noodle restaurant. Steamed soba noodles which are made of coarsely ground buckwheat has a rich flavor when you chew it. They do not serve many kinds of appetizers, but they are proud of their menu items such has miso flavored shrimp, tempura, and herring which is cooked for six days.


    Detailed information:




    Address:5-23-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo




     Holiday:Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the next day, Tuesday will be a holiday)





    Moo Moo Paradise Kabuki-cho main store (Shinjuku)


    You can’t make it through the Japanese winter without eating a “nabe” (hot pot). Shabu shabu is a hot pot dish that you can enjoy no matter what the weather is like -hot or cold. “Moo Moo Paradise Kabuki-cho main store” is mostly popular among young people. The first store started in Kabuki-cho in 1993, and now there are forty branches all over the world. They slice the meat right before they serve it up. The soup stock for shabu shabu is extracted from exclusive oxtails.  They offer organic ponzu and sesame dressing for the dipping sauce. They are very particular about the food they serve.


    Detailed information:



    Moo Moo Paradise Kabuki-cho main store

    Address: Humax Pavillion Shinjuku Kabuki-cho Bldg. 8F, 1-20-1 Kabuki-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo


    Saturday・Sunday・Public holidays11:30~23:00(L.O.22:30)


    Holiday:no holiday




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  • Seven Japanese restaurants which offer fabulous lunches (below 1,500 yen) recommended by the “master” of Harajuku!

    31.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everyone. My name is Shiota. I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX’s Harajuku Information Center and I visit Harajuku about six days a week.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some restaurants where you can enjoy Japanese lunches popular among people from both home and abroad.



    “bio ojiyan café” where Japanese dishes can be enjoyed in a stylish space

    The standard menu of this café is ojiya (rice stew) made of various healthy ingredients. You can custom-make your own ojiya by choosing the broth and toppings at will.


    They also sell set menus such as donburis.



    bio ojiyan café(ビオ オジヤンカフェ)
    住所:東京都渋谷区神宮前4-26-28 矢内ビル1F






    Detailed information:


    bio ojiyan café

    Address: 1F, Yanai Building, 4-26-28, JIngumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 12:00 to 21:00

    Holiday: no holiday


    ※English menu is available.




    “Udon Iroha” which sells a variety of udons from Italian udon noodles to Japanese udon noodles.

    This restaurant offers original udon noodle menus which are a mixture of an Italian taste and Japanese taste. Of course, they sell many Japanese dishes as well. The noodles they offer are chewy and very delicious.


    Detailed information:


    Address: 4-27-2, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo


    Business hours: 【weekday】12:00 – 16:00(L.O.15:30) 17:30 – 23:00(L.O.22:00)

    【Saturday/Sunday/holiday】12:00 – 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Meiji Jingu Mae” / 7 minutes on foot from Harajuku Station




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  • Offering Japanese cuisine from a world viewpoint. The restaurant in Harajuku, “Tsurukamero”

    16.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new style restaurant “Trusukamero” was opened in Harajuku, Tokyo where many people gather from home and abroad. They will offer a “new Japanese cuisine” that cannot be categorized as “traditional Japanese.”

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     “Trusukamero” is located in the “Urahara” area (an area behind Meiji Street, in front of Takeshita Street). The outside design of the restaurant is modern and unique. A turtle and crane are depicted on raised wooden slats. The neon wall shines at night giving it an Asian-like atmosphere.

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    The restaurant consists of three floors and has 86 seats including table seats using old wood, private rooms with sliding paper doors, and parlors. They use special bowls and sundries chosen from their antique collections such as transoms with carvings of cranes and turtles and festive tables.


    With regards to their lunch menus, they offer sashimi, tendon (tempura rice ball) udon noodles and gyoza (dumpling)/curry which all Japanese people love. They also offer various kinds of a la carte dishes centering around “nabes” (Japanese hot pot dish) so that adults can drink alcohol comfortably.


    The most popular lunch menu they offer is a chewy dish called “Teuchi Gyoza Teishoku”(Gyoza set meal) (780 yen). The gyoza skins are all hand-made and they are fried to give a crispy texture.

    The most popular lunch menu among foreign tourists is a gorgeous looking menu called “Daitendon” (highest quaility-1,980 yen / high quality-1,380 yen). Guests can enjoy giant congers and shrimps.

    Other than that, they offer “Mjiyama Chicken Cutlet Curry) (large 980 yen / medium 880 yen) which is made with flavored vegetables, spices and chicken broth, “Tori Yuzu Udon” (udon noodles with chicken and citrus fruit) which uses one of the popular fruits in Japan “yuzu,” sashimi set menu, tonkatsu (pork cutlet) set menu. All of the dishes are large but they are cooked in a precise manner and they are very delicious.

    ※The prices noted above does not include tax


    For the dessert menu, they offer three kinds of parfait that look like a bonsai (potted tree) which are maccha (green tea) parfait with taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with bean paste) and bean ice cream bar on the top, chocolate parfait, berry banana parfait (all of the parfaits comes with a doughnut). They also offer many kinds of Japanese desserts such as zenzai (sweet red bean soup), kuzukiri (starch noodles), maccha set and kombucha (dried kelp tea) set.

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    The neon of the restaurant is turned on at nighttime and the restaurant becomes an izakaya (Japanese bar) which offers more than 40 kinds of “nabe” menus. They offer sashimi, eel and yakitori (grilled chicken) which are all big hit dishes with alcohol-lovers.


    Their “nabe” menus (40 kinds) include standard menus such as sukiyaki, shabushabu (thin slices of beef parboiled in hot soup) and angelfish pot and special menus like “Heidi Nabe” using cheese and milk and “Curry Niku (beef) Nabe” using home-made curry broth.

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    The recommended “nabe” is “Medetai Nabe” which will bring you good luck. The menu includes the head of red sea bream and harusame noodles.  The taste of the fish-broth-based soup is so delicious!



    Let’s enjoy the taste of Japanese cuisine at this new type of Japanese restaurant “Trusukamero” in Harajuku.





    Address: 4-27-2, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo ■TEL: 03-5413-3947

    Business hours 【weekday】12:00 – 16:00(L.O.15:30) 17:30 – 23:00(L.O.22:00)

    【Saturday, Sunday and holidays】12:00 – 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from “Meiji Jingu Mae” Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / 7 minutes on foot from Harajuku Station