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By BY TAMARA SCHOENBERGER | 3rd April 2017 | No Comments

~Osusume Café Series~
written by Tamara Schoenberger
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This week’s café review is for anyone who appreciates a hot coffee paired with some cool jazz.
Concert Café in Takasaki
I almost didn’t notice this café as I walked past. But from the inside, deep and earthy tones of a double bass found their way through seams and glass panes and leaked into the streets. The low, inviting rhythm caught my attention and I had to stop and listen.

By the entrance there is a menu board listing all the artists to play over during the current month. I …

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By BY TAMARA SCHOENBERGER | 13th March 2017 | No Comments

~Osusume Café Series~
written by Tamara Schoenberger
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Warming your hands with a steamy mug of house coffee as you look around in awe of the cozy, contemporary and themed atmospheres of Japan’s coolest cafes doesn’t have to be limited to weekend ventures to Tokyo! With these articles, I aim to bring the spotlight to the more than deserving cafes of Gunma. Even in the inaka (and surprisingly enough, especially in the inaka) there are hidden gems scattered all around the prefecture just waiting to be unearthed. As I find these, I want to …

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By Mitch Goddard | 27th November 2015 | No Comments
Tokyo’s Top Five Cafés

As I sit in the staffroom sipping my lukewarm, bitter, flavorless school drip coffee (because I’ve run out of the next best thing, Blendy sticks) I cast my mind back to my weekend in Tokyo… visiting amazing cafés, stylishly drinking macchiatos as if I was Kim Kardashian buying shoes at Louis Vuitton. If you’re feeling like me and (constantly) craving a decent coffee then here is my top five cafés to visit in Tokyo for a bloody decent coffee.

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By Pat Penny | 13th November 2015 | 1 Comment
Takasaki’s Top Three Ramen Shops

The temperature is steadily dropping here in Takasaki. As the crisp night air of fall makes way for the dreaded karakaze of winter only one thing can drag me from the warm confines of my apartment (or my kotatsu). Ramen.

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By Grant Ekelund | 30th May 2015 | 1 Comment

So there you sit at your enkai, staring at another glass of pale, watery beer. If only you could get your hands on a dark and roasty stout or a hoppy and fragrant IPA. Anything but Asahi! Luckily there are opportunities for better beer in Gunma, if you know where to look. 

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By | 14th February 2015 | No Comments

If you’ve stepped foot in a grocery store some time in the last few weeks, you’ve probably realized that it is, once again, Valentine’s Day in Japan.

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By Rachael Mahan | 3rd December 2012 | 4 Comments

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 9 years (lacto-ovo, meaning eggs and dairy are okay).  When I moved here, I read articles about how hard it was to be a vegetarian in Japan.  However, I was not willing to give up my strong personal beliefs, and to tell you the truth, I thought, “Ah, I’m sure it’s not that bad!”

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By Clarissa Stewart | 12th July 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s an experience many of us have had…you enter your local supermarket, only to be confronted by endless shelves of strange ingredients you have no idea how to use. Whether you’re a newcomer to Japan or a veteran resident, don’t resign yourself to sticking with what you know!

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By Keith Watson | 22nd December 2011 | No Comments

The thought of catching your dinner before you eat might sound a bit like hard work. But for a truly unique, and crazily Japanese experience, there’s a lively restaurant where you catch it, cook it and eat it.

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By Chuck Clenney | 28th February 2011 | No Comments

Few things can both physically and metaphorically encompass the current cultural transformations and bewildering fusion of new and old styles present in modern-day Japan, especially while being incredibly delicious and covered in chocolate: meet the world of Japanese KitKats.