MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners: #1 “What’s the tastiest food you have eaten in Japan?”

13.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / Uncategorized

Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

 

We are starting a new series where we ask questions to 100 overseas visitors to Japan. We will give questionnaires to foreign tourists that come into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX related to Japan and announce the results on the website.

 

For the first entry, we asked 100 people from overseas “What’s the tastiest food you have eaten in Japan?” Answers varied from traditional Japanese food that you can probably guess to other unexpected choices. Let’s take a look at the ranking!

 

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1st Place: Sushi (43 Votes)
Coming in 1st place is sushi which is nearly double that of the 2nd place result! The view must be that Japanese food = sushi. There were lots of opinions by people expressing their love for sushi like the ones below.

 

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”It’s totally different from the food in Germany! The fish and rice are delicious.” (Kasey/Australia)

 

・”The sushi I ate at Tsukiji was the freshest and most delicious in the world.” (Mary/Hong Kong)
・”I don’t like the sushi in my country all that much, but eating it in Japan is delicious.” (Nadia/US)
・”I love the tuna! I really love the tuna!!” (Kyle/Brazil)

 

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2nd Place: Ramen (23 Votes)
Ramen received a lot of support among males. It seems that rich flavours such as tonkotsu and Iekei are popular.

 

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”I tried to imitate making ramen once in Chile but it it’s no match for Japan’s ramen!” (Cristobal /Chile)

 

・”Ramen isn’t well known in my country. I can only eat it in Japan, so I feel great today!” (Mark/Australia)
・”I had Iekei ramen. I like fatty things, so it was really satisfying.” (Costa Rica)

 

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3rd Place: Okonomiyaki (10 Votes)
You can enjoy many variations of okonomiyaki depending on the ingredients. A great thing about it is that you can make it yourself.

 

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”There was cheese inside, but it was so good together with the sauce.” (Mario/UK)

 

・”I love rich flavoured things. The sauce is the best!” (Denis/France)
・”I’m happy that I can make it myself, it’s fun.” (Naomi/US)

 

Other Answers

 

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Karaage:
“It’s like friend chicken but even tastier.” (Carld/US)

 

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Crepes:

“I wanted to eat crepes in Harajuku! They were delicious.” (Wan/Hong Kong)

 

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Tempura Soba:

・”I like it because the flavour of the soup is light. The crunchy texture of the tempura batter is nice too.” (Himana/Argentin)

 

Katsu Curry:

“I love Japanese curry. The fact that it has katsu too makes it amazing!” (Emily/Australia)

 

Japanese-Style Breakfast:

“I ate breakfast at a hotel. With just a small quantity I was amazed at the number of items that were served.” (UK)

 

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Ochazuke:

“I don’t have it in my country, so I was astonished, but it was delicious. It’s an innovative idea, it’s great.” (Philippines)

 

Roast Beef Don:

“I ate at the famous ‘Red Rock’ and it was the best! I could see why everyone was lined up.” (South Korea)

Did you like our first questionnaire? There was a lot of food on the list that Japanese people love too, but it’s interesting to see it from different points of view.

 

If you have any questions about anything or ideas that you want us to cover then send us a message on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

 

We’ll continue to hold more questionnaires with overseas tourists at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, so be sure to drop by if you’re in Harajuku!

 

 

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MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

 

Services:

Service list

・free wi-fi

・free water

・free PC & charge

・baggage room

・gift shop

・currency exchange

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

Contact: 03-2225-6447

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    It’s safe to say that a lot of people who travel around Tokyo use Shinjuku Station. There’s a lot of souvenir shops around there, but it can be difficult to know what to buy.

     

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    Address: LUMINE EST Shinjuku 1F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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    They have regular flavours like custard and chocolate, but also Japanese-style flavours including cherry blossom and matcha.

     

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    Address: NEWoMan SHINJUKU 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
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    Address: Yui NEWoMan Shinjuku 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Station is a station used by many tourists. When you visit Tokyo, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenirs are “good” Tokyo souvenirs?

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    I am sure that this gift is suitable to be given to women who loves flowers.

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    Hana no Babaroa havaro

    Address: Tokyo Station Ichibangai (first shopping area) 1F TOKYO ME+, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 2:30, Saturday, Sunday, holidays 9:00 to 20:00

    Fixed holidays: None

    Access: Near the ticket-collecting area of North Yaesu Exit/Entrance, Tokyo

    TEL:03-3218-0051

    URL:http://www.hana-no-babaroa.com/

     

     

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    URL:http://siretoco23.com/

     

     

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    This sweets item is a standard souvenir of Tokyo. The black sesame paste, and black sesame jam are wrapped inside a castella sponge cake and the whole cake is coated with a white chocolate.

    The splendid harmony of the 4 layers is addictive. The shape of the product which looks like an egg is very cute♡ The name, Gomatamago means, “goma” = “sesame” and “tamago”=”egg.”

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    Business hours: <Monday to Friday> 10:00 to 21:00, <Saturday, Sunday and holidays> 10:00 to 20:00

    ※The business hours are as same as the Daimaru Tokyo Store

    Fixed holidays: as same as Daimaru Tokyo Store

    Access: JR Tokyo Station, near the north exit/entrance ticket collecting area
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    “Tokyo Hiyoko” recommended by the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Shiota.

    A standard Tokyo souvenir dessert comprised of a sweet bean jam wrapped in a soft dough.

    Don’t miss the various of flavors which are sold for a limited time offers!

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    Tokyo Hiyoko Tokyo Meika Hiyoko

    Available places: Souvenir stores in Tokyo including Daimaru Tokyo Store

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    URL:http://www.tokyo-hiyoko.co.jp/

     

     

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    A special stick dessert with only eight sticks in a box.
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    I always buy this product when I visit Osaka. I don’t cook at all but this gyoza (dumpling) is very easy to make.
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    Available hours: 8:00 to 24:00

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    Seven-Eleven Heart in  JR Osaka Station Access Bridge Store
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    Seven Eleven Heart in JR Osaka Station Midosuji South Entrance/Exit Store
    Available hours: 7:00 to 23:00

    Seven-Eleven Heart in JR Osaka 11th Gate Store
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    “Jagariko Takoyaki Aji” recommended by English-speaking staff, Ellie

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    Takoyaki is one of the most famous foods of Osaka. As you might know, Jagariko is a very popular snack among Japanese people but this flavor has a thick flavor of takoyaki.
    It is fairy cheep and it is a very “Osaka-like” product which is suitable to be bought as a gift for your friends!

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    Available stores: Convenience stores souvenir stores throughout Japan.
    Price: 864 yen per box (tax included)
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    “Rikuro Ojisanno Omise – Yakitate (freshly baked) Cheese Cake” recommended by the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Shiota.

    A tasteful cheese cake famous in Osaka. You can watch the staff of the shop making cheese cakes! It is recommended to warm this cake up before you eat it. Of course, you can also enjoy the product after cooling it down inside a refrigerator.

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    Rikuro Ojisan no Omise Daimaru Umeda Store
    Address: 3-1-1, Umeda, Kitaku, West Osaka / Japanese/Western dessert floor, B1F of Daimaru Umeda Store
    TEL:0120-57-2132
    URL:http://www.rikuro.co.jp/

     

     

     

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    You must wear wafuku (traditional Japanese clothes) to participate in Samurai Training. There are many kinds of kimonos available.

    This time, I chose a red kimono which looks strong.

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    In addition to offering lectures, both in Japan and abroad, he established an exercise routine called, “Katana Exercise” to introduce the charms of traditional arts.

     

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    Now let’s start the training program. Get dressed in your “furisode” and let’s begin the battle!

    First, Ruki learned how to bow.

     

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    Ruki “the Katana is much longer than I thought it would be and it’s difficult to use.

     

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    After rehearsing for 30 minutes, Luki could use the katana fairy well.

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    First, connect the light saver and smartphone to Bluetooth. It’s good its wireless.

    It’s much lighter than you would think and it won’t slip because it has a good grip.

    This light saver is just like a real thing in every detail. Just by looking at it, you can enjoy the world view of this game.

     

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    It is also recommended that you turn your banner off so that it’s not interrupt your game.

     

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    The half invisible characters will appear as life-sized characters. You can experience the scene where Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan for help – the best scene in EP4.

    If you play the game in the darkened room the images will be even clear and the atmosphere will be awesome.

     

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    There are 3 types of games in total, however the best game is “light saver battle.”
    In this game you can actually fight with the characters that appeared in the story using the light saver.

     

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    “I can see the light saver!” says Ruki in excitement. If it was for real you would have to do special training to be able to use the light saver. But in this game it is so easy to use. The power of technology is amazing. Thank you, Lenovo!!

     

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    At the early stage you can successfully finish but as the stages advance you enemies will become stronger and stronger. This time it is battle with Darth Maul. The life-size characters coming this way look so real-looking. Ruki looks like he is going to run away.

     

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    In the light saver battle, you have to stop you opponent’s light saver and then duck your opponent’s light saver, all the while looking for a moment for you to attack. Using AR you can experience a real battle scene. A hint will appear momentarily on the screen to suggest to you how to convey a big damage when your opponent is off guard. You have a chance to cause major damage. Don’t miss this chance. While you are playing this game you will no doubt be moving about, so make sure that there are no obstacles in your way and it is best to play the game in a wide space.

     

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    Ruki: “When you cut your opponent with the light saver, the light saver shakes and it is as if it is for real. It really feels like you have entered the world of the movie.”

     

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    Using sword-work learned directly from teacher Ukon, and after a desperate struggle, somehow you were able to win over Darth Maul.
    The light saver is not for real but this is the way you will feel.

     

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    We finished Samurai training and got a certificate.

    Overall Luki becoming a closer to be Jedi…?

     

    In addition, STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge includes other games.

     

    Your concentration and strategy will be tested in Holochess.
    By making best use of the aliens in this game you are trying to increase your territory in the chessboard.

     

     

    This is a strategy game where rebel forces fight with the mighty empire forces.
    Enlarge your front line bases and repel the empire forces!

     

     

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    You might be able to become a Jedi by playing STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge!

    May the force be with you!

     

     

    Model:Ruki

    Writer:Nao Shiota

     

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    STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges

    URL:https://www3.lenovo.com/jp/ja/jedichallenges/

     

    Yumenoya Asakusa 
    Address: 1-36-8 Venis 2F, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Opening Hours : 10:00-18:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 2 minutes on foot from Asakusa station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

    TEL:03-5770-5131

    URL:https://www.tokyo-samurai.com/

  • 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

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    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.

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    They also sell set menus such as donburis.

     

    詳しくはこちら:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/67336

    ■Information
    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
    営業時間:12:00〜21:00
    定休日:なし
    TEL:03-3746-5990
    食べログURL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13003318/
    ※英字メニューあり

     

     

     

    和風・イタリアンまでバラエティ豊かな「うどん伊呂波」

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    少し変わったものを提供し、お客様に楽しんで頂きたい思いから、和風×イタリアンを融合した創作うどんを考案しているお店。もちろん、しっかり和風のメニューもそ揃っています。麺にしっかりと弾力があってとても美味しいですよ。

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/67375

    ■Information

    bio ojiyan café

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

    Business hours: 12:00 to 21:00

    Holiday: no holiday

    TEL:03-3746-5990

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13118779/
    ※English menu is available.

     

     

     

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

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    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:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/71295

    ■Information
    Trusukamero

    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/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

    URL:http://www.kiwa-group.co.jp/restaurant/441/

     

     

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  • Let’s wear a kimono and enjoy Harajuku! 7 recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku

    10.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

    Hello everyone! My name is Shiota and I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

    There are many photo spots in Harajuku gathering much attention on TV programs and SNS.

     

    In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku with a staff member of “MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon,” located next to MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Even places that you visit often look different when you are wearing a kimono. Just try, and you will see!

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    The kimono she is wearing is yellow/green which are colors that suit this spring season. The color of the obi (band) is the same as the color of the kimono so it has a settled-look and it is suitable to walk around town in this kimono.

    We took a photo in front of the cute shoji (paper door) of MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon!



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    Beams Harajuku

    The big wall painting beside BEAMS Harajuku was depicted by an artist ZIO ZIEGLER. The wall painting is very outstanding since the wall is painted black and white!

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    BEAMS Harajuku

    Address: 3-24-7, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL: 03-3470-3947



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    Design Festa Gallery Harajuku

    A building that has a café and gallery. The exterior of the building was designed as an art work. The entrance fee is free so let’s visit this location!

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    DESIGN FESTA GALLERY

    Address: 3-20-18, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Fixed holiday: Year’s end holidays and New Year’s Day

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    8 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-3479-1442
    URL:https://designfestagallery.com/
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    NOW IS FOREVER

    A famous wall which is often featured on TV programs. The wall is located at the end of the street (Meiji Street) between New Balance and Muraski Sports.


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    Santo Nibunno Ichi

    You will find this colorful building by going straight down the street between New Balance and Murasaki Sports located on Meiji Street, make a right turn at Family Mart and then make a right turn again at the first corner. The building includes tenants such as Harajuku’s popular second-hand-clothing store, “Santo Nibunno Ichi” and the photogenic ice cream shop, “Eddy’s Ice Cream.”

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    Santo Nibunno Ichi

    Address: 4-26-28, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: weekdays 13:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 20:00

    Access: 7 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    10 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

     

     

     

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    Princess One Spoon Tokyo

    This is a store that sells 500 kinds of accessories, girly sundries and sweets items. It is recommended to take a photo in front of the store since the exterior of the store is Western-style.

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    Princess One Spoon Tokyo

    Address: 4-27-4, Jinbumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Jingumae S Building

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    10 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-6434-7017
    URL:http://www.p1s.jp/

     

     

     

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    Tonchan Street

    You can find many stylish adds on “Tonchan Street” behind MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

    Let’s find your favorite location!



     

     

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    SOUVENIR SHOP Kaho

    This store is suitable to be used as a resting place. This is the strawberry parfait (1,200 yen – tax included) sold at this store located near the intersection of Meiji Street and Tonchan Street. The store is located above the power stone store and they sell sweets items that are great souvenirs.

    You will feel happy eating sweets items here since many of their items include lots of big strawberries! The texture and taste of the ice cream is similar to gelato.

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    SOUVENIR SHOP Kaho

    Address: 3-22-11, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

    The clock designed by Masuda Sébastien who works with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as her art director can be found at MOSHI MOSHI BOX. It is a land mark of Harajuku which is featured in magazines and on TV programs and is used in many artisits’ PVs.

    It is recommended that you hide the silver-colored base of the clock when taking a photo.

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    MOSHI MOHIS BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

    Address: 1F, 23-5, 3rd Street, Jinguame, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 18:00

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-6447-2225

     

    How did you like our recommended photo spots? In this article, I introduced to you some standard/new photos spots of Ura-Harajuku.

    Feel free to contact MOSHI MOSHI BOX if you ever get lost!

     

    Why not check out this article as well.

    https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34595

     

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    Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon Produced by YUMENOYA

    Address: 〒150-0001, 3-23-5, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 18:00

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-5770-5131

    URL:https://www.tokyo-samurai.com/blank

     

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

     

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    Together with soy sauce and miso, mirin is a fundamental condiment in the Japanese kitchen and for many recipes for Japanese food. It’s a sweet rice wine that has lower alcohol content and higher sugar content when compared to sake, adding a sweet flavour to dishes.

     

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    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

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    Ingredients (Serves 1)


    ●Chawanmushi
    60g carrots
    240ml dashi
    20ml soy sauce
    120ml Mikawa Mirin
    8g sugar
    18g cream cheese
    1 egg

     

    ●Okra-an
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    30ml dashi
    0.5g salt
    3ml Mikawa Mirin

     

    Method

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    1. Slice the carrots and boil them until they become soft.

    2. Add the soy sauce, sugar, and lots of mirin and cook through the dashi.

    3. Cook for approximately 20 minutes on a medium heat, then cool with ice. Add the cooled carrots, cream cheese, and 20ml of the dashi into a blender and bend.

    4. Add the egg to the mix and steam the mix for 12 minutes on a medium heat.

     

    While the chawanmushi is cooling, we’ll make the okra-an.

    5. Mix together the okra-an dashi, mirin, and salt together. Add watered potato starch and thinly sliced okra. Leave to cool in the refrigerator.

    6. Add the okra-an to the cooled chawanmushi and tuck into your cute two-layered dessert.

    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

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    –How’s the taste?


    Misa Kimura: “It works really well with the mirin. The chawanmushi is like a sweet treat. It’s super easy to make too, so I think I’ll be making it at home!”

     

    Mirin is indispensable to any Japanese cupboard and can be used in many ways, whether it be a classic Japanese dish or a dessert like this one.

    Mikawa Mirin 700ml: ¥1,122 (Tax Included)

    This authentic brand of mirin is made using a traditional method of Japanese brewing which blends in the delicious taste of rice. It’s so delicious that you just want to drink the whole bottle. A high quality mirin, it has a distinct sweetness, colour, and texture. It has a rich flavour, and the taste of the rice elevates the flavours of its ingredients.

     

    Mikawa Mirin Official Website: http://www.mikawamirin.jp/
    Official Online Store: http://mikawamirin.jp/product/product_step1.php?m=n
    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikawamirin

     

    Recipe


    This recipe was conceived by ITEMAE, a famous restaurant serving Japanese cuisine that is listed in the Michelin Guide.

     

    Model: Misa Kimura
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

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    WANG Wei Ping’s Dish

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    A Small Look at the Menu

    Lunch Menu

    Haccomachi Special – Fermented Lunch Plate: ¥1,690

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    Dinner Menu

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    Cafe Menu

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    Discover the Japanese tradition of fermentation at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi, opening February 22, 2020.

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    Akasaka is known as a warzone when it comes to gourmet restaurants, but a new contender has arrived. Akasaka Yuuga opened this month in Akasaka Ni-chome, Tokyo. This restaurant serves Japanese style cuisine featuring carefully selected flavours taken from across the country.

    Yuuga gets most of their fish from Choshi Port, which boasts the best fish yield in Japan, as well as other carefully chosen seafood from across Japan in addition to seasonal vegetables. They bring out the full flavour of their ingredients, all of which are matched to the current season. They even serve Japanese black beef.

    Their concept centres on how recognised and loved Japanese food is internationally. The restaurant makes full use of Japan’s traditional food culture and prepares food using a variety of cooking methods. Everything in the restaurant is carefully considered to ensure diners enjoy their meal experience with all five senses, from not only the food but the decor and hospitality too. There are also counter seats available for customers who want to watch their food being prepared while they talk, whether to their friends or with the skilled chefs, offering an unforgettable dining experience for Japanese people and foreigners alike. There are also private eating booths for those who want to eat with friends, family, or celebrate a special day.

     

    Nijushisekki

    Nijushisekki refers to the days that divide the solar year into twenty four equal sections and highlight the longest days of sun in summer, the shortest days in winter, and the days being the same in spring and autumn.

    The dishes at the restaurant reflect these regular changes; the dishes are not bound strictly by Japanese cuisine, but make use of various cooking and preparation methods, with thought and consideration put into every dish.

     

    Japanese Black Beef

    Yuuga prides itself not only on seasonal vegetable and fish-filled menu, which is both a feast for the belly and eyes, but on the beef used in its course meals too.

    Yuuga serves Japanese black beef which comes from a rare breed of cow which is difficult to rear. It has a distinct rich flavour and low melting point which gives it a melt-in-the-mouth texture.

     

    Courses

    There are three courses to choose from that cater to customers desires, costing ¥8,000, ¥12,000, and ¥20,000 respectively. This includes appetisers, and customers can choose from a range of wines from around the world select by sommeliers, as well as champagne, whisky, and of course sake and shochu.

  • This Week’s Breakfast: Warming Up With Asa Kayu at Asora no Chaya in Ise

    14.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.

    During a business trip to Ise, I decided to treat myself to some breakfast in the coastal city. I got up nice and early and went to pray at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrine before making my way to Asora no Chaya to order some of their Asa Kayu (“Morning Porridge”) to warm myself up since I was feeling a little cold.

     

    Asora no Chaya is about an 8-minute walk from Ise Stationーwhich by the way is the closest station to the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrineーand just a minute’s stroll from the inner shrine itself.

    At the entrance they had “Asa Kayu” written on the door as pictured above. The cafe itself is located on the second floor.

    The cafe has wood-based decor, and the windows are nice and big, letting lots of natural light seep in. From the window I could see Ise Grand Shrine which I prayed at just moments ago. It’s a place where you can wind down and relax.

     

    I ordered the “Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi” (in Japanese: 御饌の朝かゆ 鮑). I found out that the word mike is used to refer to precious, sacred food. Apparently, your good fortune will increase if you eat it after praying to the god of food at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu.

    Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi (御饌の朝かゆ 鮑) – ¥2,040 (Tax Included)

    My meal arrived in a wooden box. When I opened it, I was happy to see that I not only received the porridge, but other small plates and bowls of food too.

    I was charmed by how shiny the rice was in the sunlight. To eat the thin rice porridge, you add the awabi, pickled vegetables, kombu, bonito broth and other ingredients.

     

    The rice porridge is easy to digest and warms you up to the coreーthe perfect way to relax on a cold day. The combination of the tender bonito and the smooth porridge is a match made in heaven. It’s a very simple dish with no unnecessary additions. It has a gentle flavour that makes your mind and body just wind down and relax.

    As well as the rice porridge, the meal comes with other healthy foods too like dried fish, soft boiled egg and vinegared ingredients. For dessert, you get zenzai which is a type of sweet soup. This is a very special breakfast you can only experience here at this cafe, coupled with a view of Ise Grand Shrine, all in the early morning.

     

    Whenever I wake up early, it feels like I’ll have a very different start to the day than usual, but spending my morning in Ise, praying at Ise Grand Shrine and eating kayu porridge at Asora no Chaya had me holding my head high.

     

    This morning, it was the start of another new day, and I began it feeling dignified.

     

     

    Today’s Souvenir

    Awabi Gohan no Moto – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. This Awabi Gohan no Moto is an easy way to enjoy awabi. You took it together with rice to make awabi rice. Being able to purchase awabi, which is a high quality ingredient, at this price is an absolute steal.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Orders Now Open For Japan’s Ultimate Mochi Brand ‘THE OMOCHI’

    11.November.2019 | FOOD

    dot science launched a new brand on Wednesday called ‘THE OMOCHI.’ Together with the brand’s partner Kasaharamochiーa Miyazaki-based mochi making companyーthey are aiming to update one of Japan’s most recognised traditional confections: mochi.

     

    Kasaharamochi make their mochi using an old-fashioned method that is almost extinct which makes use of a kamado BBQ and firewood. They shoot towards making the ultimate mochi.

    In the video below, one of the staff members at Kasaharamochi discusses the cooking techniqueーthe oldest method, but the one that creates the most delicious mochi around.

    Ingredients are carefully selected and placed carefully into the fire to steam. Kasaharamochi has continuously sought this ancient technique to cook the perfect mochi, a flavour which has been eaten by emperors and the imperial family during celebrations. This mochi has now been dubbed THE OMOCHI.

     

    For the first line-up of the THE OMOCHI brand there will be 5 different types of mochi.

    Pickled Egg Yolk & Soy Sauce

    Cinnamon Honey Bar Mochi

    THE OMOCHI website is also showcasing how best to eat and enjoy mochi as well as what is possible with this sweet treat. The website offers wine pairings, what to eat mochi with, original recipes and more, so be sure to check out the website.

     

    THE OMOCHI Original Recipes: https://theomochi.com/#recipe

  • Dine On Fancy Authentic Japanese Food Casually at SHARI in Ginza

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SHARI is a restaurant located on the second floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza-gochome, a new hotel that opened on September 26 located within walking distance from Ginza Station and Higashi-Ginza Station. This restaurant serves authentic and fancy Japanese-style food as well as luxurious Kobe beef, gozen set meals, and much more.

    Ginza is known as the expensive, upmarket part of Tokyo, and when talking about small local restaurants there the pricing threshold tends to be rather high, but at SHARI customers can enjoy proper Japanese cuisine in a more casual manner and at a much more affordable price, with the typical set lunches starting at just ¥1,200.

    Sophisticated is the word that springs to mind upon entering this restaurant, as your eyes meet the gorgeous mix of wood on black. As well as table seats, they also have counter seats too, allowing for you to enjoy a little luxury on your own if you so wish.

    There is an additional restaurant inside the main restaurant itself that goes by the name Teppanyaki Mitaki, a tiny six-seater restaurant that serves Kobe beef, a type of wagyu beef and one of the top three beefs in Japan.

    SHARI Gozen – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    I ordered the SHARI Gozen which is served during lunchtime. This set comes with six small bowls, each filled with different colourful foods. It’s a cute-looking set♡

    There’s lots of meat and fish included in the set. For meat, they have steak made with domestic beef. It’s succulent and drizzled in a rich sauce that fills your mouth deliciously with a single bite. With the sashimi, the restaurant makes sure to serve fish that’s in reason. There were 3 types of fish so it was a very satisfying meal.

    The set can also be served with a variety of deep-fried foods, stewed foods, and cold fishes, as well as rice, miso soup, desserts and more. No matter what you order you can rest assured you’ll be full afterwards.

     

    SHARI is a chic and stylish restaurant with great food, plus it’s located in Ginza. And you can enjoy all of this at a super low price!

    Lady’s Gozen – ¥2,600 (Before Tax)

    I have to recommend the Lady’s Gozen if you’re looking to enjoy fish and vegetables. It comes with two varieties of sashimi and one fried fish, all in season, as well as an assortment of fried food, savoury egg custard, and four side dishes.

    It also comes with rice and sushi rolls as well as a dessert like the SHARI Gozen.

    The whole dinner menu is lined with Japanese food, including sashimi, tempura, fried food and more. There’s also various courses, including the Teppanyaki Mitaki course which is priced from ¥12,000. It comes with Kobe beef of course in addition to various other high quality ingredients.

    Shu – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    I also recommend this Japanese-style cocktail for those thinking of staying late. It’s inspired by the colours used in kabuki theatre―a Bloody Mary combining shichimi, nihonshu, and tomato juice. The rim of the glass is lined with more shichmi for a spicy and refreshing kick when you sip.

    Check out the cute glass it comes in too.

     

    From affordable lunches to dinner courses made with top quality ingredients, SHARI can be enjoyed throughout the entire day with its diverse menu line-up. Be sure to pay a visit to tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine in the luxury district of Ginza.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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