All About Japan

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!

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!

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.

3 Recipes to Japanify Your Burgers

You don't have to live in Japan to give these Japanese burger recipes a try!

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 of Japan's Weirdest Burgers

The culture of 'kawaii' may well have influenced both burger chains and hole-in-the-wall cafés to come up with burgers that are not only tasty, but also Instagram-worthy.

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!

These Cantaloupes Are Ripe With Cuteness

Hokkaido's Hello Kitty melons are just too cute to slice into! But you'd better hurry if you want one since only 300 are available!

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!

Don't Be a Stick in the Mud!

Head to Oiwatei ramen restaurant in Aichi Prefecture for a taste of a ramen broth so thick it can hold up a spoon!

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?

Hungry for Ghibli-Style Animation?

If you're hungry for some Ghibli-style animation, look no further than this gorgeous video promoting locally sourced food in Kumamoto—made by the assistant director of 'Princess Mononoke'!

9 Unconventional Burgers We Wish Were Back

Though these unique Japanese burgers came and went as quickly as the seasons, we'd be happy to see them make a comeback!

Western-Style Sushi at Sushiro

Call us sushi philistines if you will, but sometimes we want to eschew the raw fish and go for sushi with a little more substance and a taste of home. Luckily, sushi train stalwart Sushiro has an interesting selection on the menu.

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!

The Benefits of Burger Wrappers

If you're guilty of being a sloppy eater, always somehow spilling burger condiments on your lap, the humble burger wrapper may be the solution to your problem!

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!

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!

Experts Reveal the Way to Eat Large Burgers

Let these Japanese engineers and dentists scientifically improve your burger-eating technique!

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.

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