Category: Food

Stores Front Full Size Figures

The life-size mechanical clown mascot in front of the landmark Cui-daore restaurant in Osaka since 1950 retired July 8 when the business closed it’s doors for the final time. The restaurant had been popular with tourists because of Cui-daore Taro, the bespectacled drum-beating clown, and its novel menu. Taro is not the only life-size figure

Olympic Foreign Food Survival Training

No Soy Sauce For You! Olympic training includes more than fitness. Athletes need stamina. Focus. Specialized diets. And, apparently, foreign food survival and utensil adaptation lessons. Every Wednesday, a special menu based on the food that will be available at the Olympic Village in Beijing, is served at Japan’s National Training Center. A sign at

Homes to Homeless: Closet, Internet Cafe, Restaurant

The Blue Shield The one-man shelters that many of Japan’s homeless construct from heavy blue tarpaulins can be found in parks, under bridges, and along river banks. An April 2007 Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare report shows there are 4,213 homeless in Tokyo’s 23 wards, and about 18,500 homeless nationwide. The country has

Pizza Price Up With Apologies

Domino’s Pizza apologizes for price increases with a flier attached to it’s pizza boxes (left). It states that due to the worldwide cost increases of flour, cheese and oil, Dominos suddenly had to raise prices. Except these three pizzas will remain at the old price. Kentucky Fried Chicken apologizes for a 20-yen per piece increase.

Tokyo Restaurants Reviewed GQ, Newsweek

Made (Better) in Japan ( Forked, Alan Richman, GQ, March 2008) Also a Newsweek International Special report, The New Food Capital Of The World. This article mentions the fascination with food on TV in Japan, and the 2007 edition of the Michelin Guide, which “gave a total of 191 stars to Tokyo, leaving Paris a

Home Recipes from the Navy

To attract interest from homemakers and young women, and to improve its image, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force is publishing navy recipes on its website. The MSDF is posting recipes for two dishes each week. Recipes for Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes that are served in the navy are being revealed. The original recipes