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Inaniwa Udon served chilled is perfect for the summer months (Photo courtesy of Bonson Lam)

Enjoy homemade Akita cuisine

Travel
July 24, 2014

Kakunodate is known as the “Little Kyoto” of Akita Prefecture in Japan’s north, or Tohoku. Its preserved Samurai houses exemplify traditional Japanese architecture and its charming village atmosphere makes it a good day trip destination from...

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Ultraman bad guys consort in Kawasaki

Restaurant Guide
July 28, 2014

One recent sultry evening, we lumbered in to Kaiju Sakaba in Kawasaki for a taste of some monster-inspired grub. This limited edition izakaya (it closes March 2015) is themed after the kaiju (strange beasts) from the 1960s Japanese television...

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The atmosphere during one of the Taiko Drumming classes (Photo courtesy of Supakarn Sunthonthammas)

Art of Taiko Drumming

Travel
July 24, 2014

The powerful beat, the heart racing rhythm, the elegant and synchronized postures that can only be obtained from dedicated practice. These are my first impressions from my taiko drumming course with one of the most famous taiko masters in Japan....

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