All About Japan

Delivering Warm Wishes One Beef Bowl at a Time

Two of Japan's biggest beef bowl chain restaurants provide free comfort food in the wake of the Kumamoto earthquakes.

Hike the Mackerel Highway

Back in the day, getting ocean fish to Kyoto was back-breaking work. You can still hike the 1,300-year-old path that brought mackerel to the ancient capital.

6 Bits of Advanced-Level Lawson Trivia

Did you know that the Lawson Store 100 song apologizes for the price? Or that there's 'frying music' for the staff? This is stuff even Lawson employees don't know!

7 Ways to Fill Out Your Breakfast for ¥108

While most ¥100 stores offer knickknacks and prepackaged snacks for ¥108 (including consumption tax), Lawson Store 100 offers fresh produce and other products that can actually help you make a meal!

The Bilingual Epic of a Ramen Adventurer

Brian MacDuckston has devoured more than 1,000 bowls of ramen since arriving in Japan in 2006.

The Evolution of Convenience Store Bran

Lawson's low-sugar, low-salt bran bread actually came about through a bit of trial and error.

Japan's 9 Big Burger Chains

Sure, traditional Japanese food is world-famously delicious. But when that burger craving hits you, it simply can't be ignored!

Beef Up Your Knowledge of Beef!

Think you know the difference between the two terms that can be translated as Japanese beef? Read on to find out!

The Many Faces of the Sasebo Burger

While the U.S. may be known as home of the hamburger, the legendary Sasebo Burger was born in Japan—and there are as many variations as there are shops that sell it!

5 Amazing Things to Experience in Ise

Canadian 'rakugo' storyteller Katsura Sunshine tries out some of the amazing things you can do only in the Ise area—including some that happen just once every 20 years! Check the list to make sure you don't miss out!

5 Kinds of Hot Food from Lawson

Just because you're eating convenience store food doesn't mean it has to be cold!

6 Foods You Must Try in Ise-Shima

Taking a trip to Mie Prefecture and Ise Grand Shrine? Don’t forget to bring your camera—and your appetite, too!

High Quality Ramen Isn't Just for Restaurants

For those unable to handle lengthy lines, how about purchasing ramen designed by the world's only one-star Michelin ramen restaurant from your local convenience store?

The Salt of Life

Salt from the sea and other essential goods were hauled along Salt Road from Japan’s coastal areas to the mountainous territories inland—and delivered even to mortal enemies in need.

5 'Castle in the Sky'-Inspired Bento

Can't get enough of Castle in the Sky? Why not try eating some!

Birth of a Fried Chicken Empire

Did you know there have been well over 100 flavors of Kara-age Kun fried chicken?

Temporary Tattoos Detect Soba Allergies

These temporary tattoos aren't just for show—they could actually save your life!

Treasures on Land, Riches from the Sea

Studded with small bays and inlets, the peninsula known as Ise-Shima­—the venue for the 2016 G7 Summit—is a utopia for those seeking a glimpse of classical Japan, from the expansive environs of the sacred shrine of Ise Jingu to the bounty of the ocean.

10 Horrific-Looking Yet Tasty Foods from Japan

What some find strange to eat, others see as a typical delicious meal!

8 Special Food Items for the Ise-Shima Summit

Celebrate the Ise-Shima region and Mie Prefecture with these eight limited-edition food products from Lawson, ranging from sweet to savory!

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