New York Imported Sushi Restaurant Sushi Cafe Taro Undergoes Renovation
24.February.2019 | FOOD
Sushi Cafe Taro, a sushi restaurant that opened in Sangenjaya, Tokyo in December last year to successful popularity, is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on March 1, 2019. The restaurant is a branch of the Brooklyn-based sushi restaurant Taro Sushi.
Japanese sushi has become popular worldwide. Each country creates their own version and styles of the food, and Sushi Cafe Taro serves it New York Style. They sell the instantly-recognisable California roll sushi which is actually a rare sight in Japan as well as other kinds of sushi rolls, all at an affordable price.
Below is the restaurant’s recommended menu item which is being made even better for the reopening.
Salmon Avocado Roll: ¥480
The roll is made with salmon from Alaska and complemented with avocado. Salmon is much more popular than tuna in the US which is the big fish in Japan.
Other picks include the Shrimp Tempura Roll made with large and tender Whiteleg shrimp and spicy sauce, the Una Avo Roll made with eel and avocado―a combination you wouldn’t normally see in Japan―and much more.
Sushi Cafe Taro
Address: Sushi Cafe Taro Floor 1F, 4-8-2 Taishidō, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:30-20:30
Access: 6-minutes on foot from Sangen-Jaya Station via the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line / 2-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Nishi-Taishidō Station via the Tōkyū Setagaya Line / 9-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Wakabayashi Station (Tokyo)
Sushi Cafe Taro｜Retty: https://retty.me/area/PRE13/ARE20/SUB2003/100001440027/
Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza
SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.
From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.
Beef Butterbur Miso Roll
Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradai cherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.
The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).
Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento
SHARI (TEL: 050-5357-5354) (Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome Floor 2F, 5-13-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR (TEL: 050-5212-7574) (Address: ALBORE GINZA Floor 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
CRAFT (TEL: 050-5357-5353) (Address: CRAFT Floor 2F, 3-7-2 Ariake, Koto Ward, Kyoto)
36 Pieces/12 Types (Serves 3-4 People): ¥4,500
18 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1-2 People): ¥2,400
9 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1 Person): ¥1,200
Reservations can be made via telephone or in-store until 15:00 the previous day.
*Reservation Window: Telephone 10:00-20:00 / In-Store 12:00-22:30
*Depending on the ingredient stock, reservations may be made on the same day
*The Hanami Roll Sushi Bento is for takeaway only and cannot be eaten in the restaurant
Asakusa’s New Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Offers a Traditional Japanese Space
Muten Kura Sushi opened the first of its its all-new chain of “global flagship” sushi restaurants in Asakusa BOX on January 22.
This kaitenzushi restaurant, or “conveyor belt sushi,” aims to promote Japanese culture. It wants people, both Japanese and foreign, to rediscover the wonders of kaitezsushi, and what better place to open its first branch than Asakusaーone of the biggest tourist hot spots in Tokyo?
The restaurant’s design and decor takes on a more traditional approach, drawing inspiration of Japan’s Edo period with classic ukiyo-e paintings and paper lanterns adorning the walls, amongst many other things. This classic image of Japan has found its way to the dining space itself too, with flat tables made from plain wood and chairs topped with tatami. This gives it that air of grace and beauty which is typically associated with traditional Japanese culture, as well as a relaxed atmosphere.
The logo used on the restaurant’s paper lanterns, crockery, staff uniform and elsewhere was designed by Japanese art director and creative director Kashiwa Sato. It was created for the brand to be used on all future branches, including all Japanese restaurants and those planned for the US and Taiwan.
The restaurant even has several Japanese festival games for customers to play, like target practice and ring toss. They can win coupons that can be used in the restaurant, and kids can win toys too.
Some of the staff can speak foreign languages too, and tablets that you order food from are available in 4 languages.
Staff also carry a “Langogo Genesis,” a speech translation machine, to allow for smooth customer service. It’s connected to an AI language server which can speak and translate quickly in 104 languages.
This global flagship restaurant also has a self check-in and payment system. Using touch screen, customers will be shown their seats automatically. The AI also adds up how many plates you have used by scanning their QR codes, and this is used to determine how much you need to pay. This means you needn’t wait for someone to bring the bill, you just head straight to the till.
There’s also a smartphone app (called スマホでくら) which you can use to book a table and makes for easy checking in when you arrive at the restaurant.
Head to Kura in Asakusa, Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s longtime affordable and delicious fast food: sushi.
Kura Sushi Asakusa ROX
Address: Asakusa ROX Floor 4F, 1-25-15, Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
January 22-26 @ 12:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
From January 27 @ 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
Official Website (English): http://www.kura-corpo.co.jp/en/
Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya
14.December.2019 | FOOD
Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.
Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.
Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.
If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.
Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure
Address: Shibuya FUKURAS 6F, Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Tokyu Plaza Shibuya is closed)
Official Website: http://www.tamasushi.co.jp/
WASHOKU: Asakusa’s Newest Restaurant For Experiencing Japanese-Style Cuisine
Asakusaーone of the hottest spots in Tokyo for sightseeing, ever-bustling with Japanese and foreign tourists and travellers alike. This ancient district is famous not only for its sights, like Sensō-ji (the oldest temple in Tokyo) and the Nakamise-dōri shopping street leading up to it, but for its bountiful offering of gourmet restaurants.
Today, we’re taking a look at Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-, a restaurant which opened in Asakusa on November 19 this year. If you’re looking for the full package when it comes to experiencing Japanese food culture, WASHOKU has customers covered. Not only do they serve food, like traditional Kyoto obanzai, but they offer cultural experience plans too where you can learn to make sushi or dress up in a kimono and walk the old streets of Asakusa.
WASHOKU’s concept when it comes to both lunch and dinner centres around enjoying Japanese-style food that is colourful. And that rings tantalisingly true with their kaleidoscopic obanzai, which is formed of 12 vivid bite-sized delights. Obanzai is a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that comes from Kyoto, made up of mostly seafood and vegetables. The obanzai served at WASHOKU was conceived under the guidance of nutritionists, and so is packed full of healthy nutrients for the body. Not only that, the ingredients selected are all domestic to Japan, and are of a very high quality.
The obanzai I ate included fried beni haruka sweet potato which is sourced from Ishida Farmsーa sweet potato growerーin Katori, Chiba. It had a moist texture and rich sweetness. When I sank my teeth into it, I was flushed with feelings of the fall season.
Other foods in the assortment included sashimi, scallop and yuzu, saikyo-yaki Kyoto-style grilled fish, and more. Each mouthful of the selection offered its own distinct and unique flavours.
The obanzai is served with miso soup too with which you get to choose a miso ball from a variety of flavours to put into your bowl. I went for the sesame seed miso ball.
The miso ball is made from miso paste and various ingredients. Once placed into the hot water, it melts and turns into miso soup. The sweet light-brown miso was perfect for warming up my chilly self.
Dinner also features a dessert menu, as well as courses with an all-you-can-drink option, so I recommend these options for people who want to relax and take their time with their dining experience.
As I mentioned earlier, WASHOKU also offers a variety of experience-based plans. This includes a sushi class where you can learn to make your own hand-rolled sushi.
There are two types of “temari” hand rolled sushi you can make: the regular type, which makes use of tuna, salmon and other classic sushi toppings, and the high quality type, which uses more high-end ingredients like uni sea urchin eggs, caviar, gold leaf, and more. And for foreign customers, the restaurant has prepared a handout detailing the history of Asakusa and recipes, as well as souvenirs for them to take home.
The MMN team of course had to have a go at making our own sushi, but it proved quite difficult. You have to get the right amount of sushi rice to roll, then actually roll it perfectly into a ball before topping with your ingredients. But the sushi I made was actually really delicious! To attend this class you have to book in advance, so if you’ve never tried making your own sushi before or have an need some guidance, then we can’t recommend it enough.
As well as food-related experiences, WASHOKU provides customers with three different plans to experience Japanese culture. The first of these is the rickshaw ride, where you board a rickshaw pulled by a runner and are taken around the various sites of Asakusa. The ‘Excursion Around Asakusa Course’ takes you to the most popular spots around Kaminarimon, while the ‘Sky Tree Course’ takes you all the way to the Sumida River, and you also get to see Tokyo Skytree and various other attractions in Asakusa.
The Edo Kiriko plan gives you the opportunity to cut your own Japanese glass to drink from. You can drink from your glass if you reserve the plan with lunch or dinner.
Finally, you can rent a kimono. Select your favourite from the shop and have a professional dresser get you readyーwith both your kimono and your hair. After you’re dolled up, you can take a stroll around Asakusa to get a real feel for Japanese culture.
All three of these plans are just ¥3,500 per person, and all require reservations which you can book online.
So, if you’re looking for a taste of Japanese food and culture, why not take a trip to WASHOKU when visiting Asakusa for an all-in-one experience?
Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-
Address: 2113 Kaminarimon Bldg. Floors 5F-6F, 2 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Dinner 15:00-17:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 1-minute on foot from Exit 4 of Asakusa Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / 2-minutes on foot from Exit A3 of Asakusa Station via the Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website (English): https://washoku.site/en/
Roppongi Hills Renovates Food Court Revealing Mouthwatering Michelin Guide Restaurants
Looking for a delicious Michelin-approved food experience? You surely cannot go wrong with heading to Roppongi Hills; a large-scale development project located in Tokyo, which is known for its nightlife and and shopping. Roppongi Hills is also home to the shopping mall Metro Hat, which is currently renovating its food court on basement floor 2. The foodcourt will have its grand opening on October 29th.
The renovation will introduce seven new restaurants to the food court. Some of these include ramen shops and Yakitori restaurants which are bringing brand new rare dishes and flavours to the table.
Let’s look at our recommendations:
Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)
Chicken Soba: ￥900 (before tax)
Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.
Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)
Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)
Yakitori (chicken skewer): ￥200 (before tax)
You must not miss out on Kokorikoan’s Chicken Skin Hotpot ー a dish that is rare even to Tokyo. This dish is the perfect opportunity to discover a new kind of flavour and a new way to enjoy food. This restaurant prepares their dishes using special and rare cuts of chicken and chicken that is freshly ground in the morning. The chicken is flavored using traditional flavorings such as tare sauce and salt as well as flavorings that are not so conventional in Japan such as balsamic vinegar, herb vinegar, madeira wine, brandy and much more. Each cut of meat is prepared with the most careful methods and best seasonings to fully bring out the flavours.
Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)
Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)
As a cheap place to enjoy authentic sushi, Pintokona has become a very popular restaurant. Now, it is having a fresh renewal. This sushi is made by using seasonal ingredients from around Japan. From November 1 to 30, there will be an exciting new menu that includes fresh fish from Miyazaki and authentic shochu (Japanese spirit). There will also be a fair that you also should not miss out on.
Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O: 15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)
Yuzu Orange and Salt Ramen: ￥1000 (before tax)
Popular ramen shop AFURI sells a ramen with a translucent gold-coloured soup made using the natural spring water that gushes from the foot of Mount Afuri (Mount Oyama) located in the Tanzawa Mountain Range of the Kanto Region. Carefully selected chicken bones, pot herbs, kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (fermented and smoked fish) is boiled in the water to add to the flavour. The whole wheat flour used to make the noodles creates a wonderfully fresh, chewy texture. The chashu roast pork pieces are freshly barbecued upon each order, creating a fresh and delicious flavour. AFURI also sells vegan ramen which is particularly popular among foreigners.
We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant
Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi.
Address: 6-11-1, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
You Will Need All 10 Fingers to Challenge These American Style Burgers
Burgers are becoming a big sensation in Japan. In the country’s current burger boom, some very unique burgers have been whipped up. From the atmosphere to the wallpaper, at TEN FINGERS BURGER in Sangenjaya, you will feel like you are in an American Diner.
If that isn’t enough to excite you, then the menu sure will. The burgers come in three different sizes: 10 Fingers, 8 Fingers and 6 Fingers to represent how many fingers you will need to hold the burger.
We all love a filling burger, but TEN FINGERS BURGER has taken this to a whole new level, commemorating their one-year anniversary in June with the release of a seriously huge burger which stirred a drooling sensation.
We recommend you demolish this burger with a cream soda to enjoy a wonderful flavour combination.
Inviting your friends to challenge this burger with you surely would be fun. And afterwards, you can all treat yourselves to this tempting and colourful banana split.
This burger is not only huge, but also delicious. Come challenge your 10 fingers (and possibly toes) to this impossibly massive burger!
TEN FINGERS BURGER, Sangenjaya
Address: 23-11 GEMS, Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Access: 2-minute walk from Sangenjaya Station (Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyu Setagaya Line)
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00（Last orders: 22:30）
*Lunch sets are served until 3pm on weekdays
Open all year round except for the New Year’s period.
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa
Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.
We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.
The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.
Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.
I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).
Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000
The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.
The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.
The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.
Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480
The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.
The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.
The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.
Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”
Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.
Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500
If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.
What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)
Oniku no Osushi (Asakusa Branch)
Address: 2-6-14 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:30-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
Access: 7-minutes on foot from Sensō-ji’s Kaminarimon Gate / 2-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via Tsukuba Express
New sushi restaurant Osushi to washoku hatanaka opens in front of Kanazawa station, Ishikawa!
25.April.2019 | FOOD
On 20th April, a new sushi restaurant called Osushi to washoku hatanaka opened in front of JR Kanazawa station, Ishikawa prefecture.
The restaurant’s sushi is made by 29-year-old Ayako Hatanaka, who has had many years of experience training at Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and even at a top-class sushi restaurant in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Talented staff who have experience working abroad have been specially chosen to work here, and so foreigners can stop by this restaurant to order sushi with no trouble at all!
The restaurant building was once a traditional Kanazawa Machiya merchant house that was built straight after WWII. For the purpose of the restaurant, it was renovated but still maintains the graceful Japanese-style atmosphere The building was formerly used by a fish dealer and so the restaurant decor includes an old fashioned store signboard.
The menu is filled with sushi made using fish freshly caught from Kanazawa Port. There are also many vegetable side dishes made from vegetables which were nurtured to contain lots of nutrients. The vegetables are sourced from the Hokuriku region, which is the northwestern region of Honshu; Japan’s main island. You can also enjoy the flavour of natural wine as the drinks menu includes Japanese alcohol sourced from the Hokuriku region.
To celebrate the grand opening, MotionGallery is holding a grand funding event which aims to not only raise money to support the business but will also make it possible to purchase 25% off meal tokens! Already, the funding project has raised over two million yen, which is almost three times the amount that the fund aimed to raise.
Osushi to washoku hatanaka (おすしと和食 はた中)
Address: 4-21, Konohamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Opening hours: 5 pm ー 11 pm (open 6 pm ー 11 pm during April 2019 only)
Official website: https://sushihatanaka.com/?lang=ja
TV Anime Sarazanmai Inspired Sushi Released at Restaurant Sushizanmai
TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.
As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.
Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.
Sarazanmai x Sushizanmai Collaboration
Running: April 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Participating Branches: Asakusa Kaminarimon, Ikebukuro Higashi-guchi, Higashi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Hishigashi-guchi, Shibuya Higashi-guchi, Shibuya Tokyu Honten, Shibuya Dogzenzaka Centre Building, Akihabara Showa-dori
Sarazanma Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com/
Sushizanmai Official Website: http://www.kiyomura.co.jp/
Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa owns a famous sushi restaurant in Hokkaido called Sushi Miyakawa. He is set to bring his legendary menu to Tokyo with his first ever branch in the capital called Sushi Shin by Miyakawa which will open on the 38th floor of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on April 6, 2019. Online reservations will begin on April 2 at 10:00am (JST).
There are just five sushi restaurants in Japan that hold three Michelin stars. Masaki Miyakawa is set to bring his decades of sushi experience to sushi lovers in the capital. He will dish out fresh fish and ingredients all shipped from Hokkaido to the restaurant every day.
One example of the sushi served at the restaurant is the sea urchin sushi which is seasoned perfectly with wasabi and salt and wrapped delicately in seaweed before topping the rice with sweet sea urchin eggs. Each ingredient’s exquisite and delicious flavour is brought out to the max while maintaining a palatable balance.
The restaurant’s decor too has been thoughtfully considered by Masaki Miyakawa, who will make use of designs crafted by some of the best artisans in Japan. For example, the chairs are made by Shinobu Tanihata, who is famous as a craftsman of kumiko, a traditional wood crafting technique with a history spanning over 1300 years. The restaurant counter is made from cypress wood from a tree that is over 350-years-old while the walls were designed by Japanese mud wall designer Shūhei Hasado.
Sushi Shin by Miyakawa
Address: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (Floor 38F), 2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Lunch: Starts at 12:00
Dinner: Slot ① 18:00 / Slot ② 20:00
Online Reservations: https://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/nihonbashi/fine-dining
*Online reservations available from April 2, 2019 at 10:00am (JST)
Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Unveils ‘KURA BURGER’
26.February.2019 | FOOD
Japanese sushi chain Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi has revealed two new delicious burger items it is adding to its conveyor belt line-up at all branches from March 1: the KURA BURGER Fish (an industry first) and the KURA BURGER Meat.
The KURA BURGER Fish contains fish caught in the waters of Japan. The patty is juicy and complemented by the delicious taste of fish, spices and sauce.
The KURA BURGER Meat is a classic yet scrumptious beef burger served with ketchup.
The burger buns are made from rice flour, giving them a tantalisingly chewy texture, and also contain black vinegar to make them fluffier and add a touch of sweetness.
Each burger s also topped with spring onion tempura which are crunchy on the outside and juicy in the middle. This combination of Japanese ingredients into a burger make for a matchless experience for your taste buds. Head to Kura Sushi to try them yourself.
KURA BURGER Fish & KURA BURGER Meat
Price: ¥270 Each (Tax Included)
Location: Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi branches in Japan
Travel Japan #5: Experiencing Everyday Life in Japan at a Supermarket in Kyoto
After getting to know some Kyoto history I wanted to know more about today’s Kyoto. The enormous and modern terminal of Kyoto Station contrasts with the temples I’m so interested in. The two co-exist in harmony. I could see Kyoto Tower through the glass – it stood tall like it was watching over this ever-changing city. I will change my perspective today and walk the streets like the locals who live here in Kyoto.
My destination is undecided. It’s nice to surrender yourself to the flow of the people once in a while and head towards your goal as in Amidakuji (Ghost Leg lottery). Because I’ve learnt on my trip that you can encounter wonderful things by chance on occasion.
The glass walkway is like a tunnel into the future.
I look at my reflection in the window and see I have become more of an adult.
Stood there I gaze for a long time up at Kyoto Tower. As I stare I think about how the city changes, people change, the days transition, but how there are also things I want to stay the same.
The next place I head to is Aeon Mall, a shopping centre close to Kyoto Station. This is a foreign supermarket to for me, so I get excited. It’s like sifting through a toy box.
An ordinary day for the people living in this country is an extraordinary day for me.
Each and every thing in there is something I’ve never laid eyes on before.
I walk around, forgetting about the passage of time, and get a glimpse into the simple yet happy lifestyle of people.
There’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the mall, something I had been yearning for.
I wonder if my friends would laugh if I told them that the sushi coming round on a conveyor belt is like something out of a Tim Burton movie?
I feel like the protagonist of that film as I eat the sushi that rolls on by.
I visited a general store where everything is sold for ¥100.
I bought a letter set from here and wrote a letter to my precious friend.
To my beloved friend,
Japan is a really wonderful place.
I’m determined to absorb everything I see and experience in the limited time I have here.
I don’t know what I will discover on this trip, what I am heading towards.
It’s hard to describe in words, but I will continue my travels.
Model: Mala Morgan
Aeon Mall Kyoto: A Japan-packed shopping mall 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto Station
Aeon Mall Kyoto is just a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Its shelves are lined with daily necessities, you can dine there, buy souvenirs and more. On Weekends and national holidays there are free shuttles bus that runs every 15 minutes from Kyoto Station’s Hachijoguchi Exit which is very convenient for travellers with heavy luggage.
I really recommend visiting if ever you’re in Kyoto.
Aeon Mall Kyoto
Address: 1 Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, Minami Ward, Kyoto
Business Hours: Different for each store. Please visit the mall’s website below to check opening hours.
KOHYO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 1F)
KOHYO is a supermarket that sells various Japanese goods. I get my hands on a range of daily necessities and ingredients as I feel with my own skin what it’s like to real live life in Japan.
Business Hours: 9:00-22：00
Kaiten Sushi Uogashi (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 4F)
Kaiten Sushi Uogashi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that sells over 20 types of seafood everyday. The ingredients change each day. I reconfirm that I really am in Japan as I tuck into my delicious sushi.
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
DAISO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Kaede Building Floor 4F)
DAISO stocks new products every single day. There are ¥100-type stores in every country, but the ones in Japan really are something special! They have so many items that make for perfect souvenirs. It’s an irresistible place for girls who love shopping so I’ve got to tell my friends about it.
Business Hours: 10-00-21:00
About ÆON Group
ÆON Group is a retail corporate group based in Japan that has established 21,742 branches (as of February 2018) in 13 countries across Asia.
Its private brand TOPVALU sells high-quality products at an affordable price. The TOPVALU GURINAI range for example stocks a myriad of products crafted with the utmost care through various production techniques, and of the ingredients used only the best are selected.
The GURINAI range is divided into three parts that give customers the opportunity to easily purchase organic products and ingredients. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI Organic’ offers organic foodstuffs marked with the official organic stamp of approval. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI NATURAL’ provides fresh meat that, as a general rule, is farmed using no chemicals. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI free from’ stocks processed foods with additives, raw materials and ingredients taken into strict consideration.
ÆON Group Private Brand TOPVALU: https://www.topvalu.net (Japanese only)