All About Japan

Top 10 'Izakaya' Foods You Need to Know

If these foods aren't on the menu, you're probably not at an 'izakaya!'

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

6 Things You Need to Know About Izakaya

Offering multiple rounds of small dishes, Japanese-style pubs, or 'izakaya,' are a little different from their Western equivalents. Here are six things you need to know to navigate them with ease!

3 Old-Timey Snacks with Special Prizes

Who doesn't love finding a prize in their candy box? These classic Japanese snacks and sweets give you a chance to find everything from toys to baseball cards!

Nagasaki Champon — A Different Kind of Ramen

Dating back to the Meji Period (1868-1912), Nagasaki 'champon' ramen is a special twist on ramen that has now spread all throughout Japan!

Edamame: Japan's Favorite Snack

Did you know that even edamame have a season in Japan—and that it changes based on the region? And have you ever wondered how to make edamame at home? Read on!

Japanese Powerfoods for Smooth Skin

Japanese people are considered to have amazing skin, and one well-known source of great skin comes from a good diet. As the general Japanese diet is very healthy and full of detoxifying properties, let's check out some serious powerfoods from Japan!

Izakaya: What to Eat If You're Vegetarian

Don't let those meat-packed menus scare you! There are several tasty choices for the herbivores and health conscious out there.

Get the Scoop on Whole Grain Rice

Next time you reach for a bowl of rice, make sure it's healthy, whole grain 'genmai' rice. Learn all about this power food below!

Just a Spoonful of 'Koji'

'Koji' has been used in Japan for more than 1,000 years, and has recently been in the limelight for its wonderful healthful and beautifying properties.

12 Vegetarian Dishes Served at Most 'Izakaya'

For vegetarians, finding a meatless meal when dinning may seem tough, but these 12 dishes are so common that they are served at almost any Japanese pub!

The Secret of the Square Watermelon

With only 200 grown per year, this video offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of square watermelon production—answering the questions of how they're made and why they're so expensive!

8 Hot Spots to Book in Kyushu—If You Can!

We'd love to stay in any of these eight amazing Kyushu locales—but they're so popular it can be really hard to get a space!

Become an Izakaya Guru with These 6 Videos

Impress your friends with your knowledge of the ins and outs of Japanese pubs and the drinks and food served at them!

A Guide to Okinawa's Best Foods

Wondering what to eat in Okinawa? These are the Top 10 foods in Okinawa that you've simply got to try!

Enjoy an Aomori Izakaya in Tokyo

If you are only in Japan for a limited amount of time and you can't head up to Aomori Prefecture, but are dying for a taste of the region's music and food, then head over to Haneto Izakaya in Tokyo!

The Japanese Secret to Longevity Through Food

For more than a decade, Japanese people have remained in the top ranks of the longevity scale. One of the biggest secrets to their long lives is rooted in their cuisine.

7 Cheap Izakaya Chains

Want to go to an 'izakaya' but your wallet's as dry and empty as the Sahara Desert?! No worries, you can still enjoy the atmosphere of Japanese pubs on the cheap!

How to Take Somen-Slurping Action Shots

Think a bowl of cold noodles is as dull as... well, a bowl of cold noodles? Your challenge has been accepted.

'Star Wars' Meets New Year's Cusine

The tiny details and awesome original extras take these three-tiered meals out of the traditional world and to a galaxy far, far away.

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