Travel to Las Vegas Featured

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Travel to Las Vegas

NoMad Las Vegas

On the top four floors of the Park MGM complex, the NoMad Hotel is one of the premier European-style hotels in Las Vegas.

Yumiko's Home Cooking: YAKITORI Featured

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Yumiko's Home Cooking: YAKITORI

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:45 min

Yakitori is a Japanese skewered chicken cooked on a grill with either sweet soy sauce or just salt. You do not marinate the chicken before cooking. It's great for entertaining a big crowd, as it is a kind of finger food and it is easy to make. In this recipe, you will learn how to make the two most common yakitori: negima (chicken and shallots or scallions) and momo (plain chicken thigh) with sweet soy sauce. The recipe also includes different methods of grilling yakitori – on a yakitori griller or barbecue, or using the oven grill or broiler.

Serves:12 skewers


Study in Japan Featured

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Study in Japan

Why study in Japan?

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Featured

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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef/Owner of Morimoto Management

Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show Iron Chef, and he also appears on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

NOBU: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Featured

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NOBU: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, known as “Nobu,” is the critically acclaimed chef and owner of Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants, which have received rave reviews from such publications as The New York Times, Zagat Survey, and Michelin Guide. Chef Nobu currently has 41 Nobu Restaurants, 11 Matsuhisa Restaurants, and 10 Nobu Hotels in 48 different cities around the world, spanning six continents.

Awa Sparkling Sake: International Debut at Tokyo Olympics Featured

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Awa Sparkling Sake: International Debut at Tokyo Olympics

Champagnes and sparkling wines have long been used to celebrate milestones from Formula 1 championship wins to weddings. Now, sake has its own sparkling version.

The Four Seasons of Japan Featured

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The Four Seasons of Japan

From white to pink to green to red and yellow, the beauty of Japan changes in each of its four distinct seasons. As the country spans 3,000 km from the northeast Sea of Okhotsk to the southwest East China and Philippine Seas, the climate varies greatly. The northern island of Hokkaido has short, mild summers and long winters with heavy snowfalls, while the southern island of Okinawa is subtropical. Japan’s mainland experiences sharp differences from Siberian cold fronts on the western seacoast and warmer sea currents on the eastern Pacific coast.

Hotels in Tokyo Featured

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Tokyo Hotels

Tokyo Journal sent a celebrity review team to stay at some of Tokyo’s top hotels. Dylan Sprouse is an American actor and entrepreneur. He and his twin brother, Cole Sprouse, are known for their roles on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, as well as films including Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. Barbara Palvin is a Hungarian supermodel who was the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s Rookie of the Year, 2019 Victoria’s Secret Angel, and was ranked as one of Forbes’s highest paid models in the world in 2016. Actor Shin Koyamada, who starred in The Last Samurai as Ken Watanabe’s son, has also acted in many Disney Channel programs, including Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

Kyoto: Japan's Cultural Capital Featured

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Japan’s Cultural Capital

Kyoto was Japan’s capital city until 1868. Today, it is widely considered to be the country’s cultural capital for its plethora of Buddhist temples, along with its Shinto (an ancient Japanese religion) shrines, palaces, and gardens. During WWII, U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had honeymooned in Kyoto, demanded it be removed from the list of targets for the atomic bomb due to the city’s cultural importance. In addition, the city was fortunately spared from large-scale conventional bombing, allowing the preservation of many Japanese cultural treasures. Kyoto is the world’s number one destination for kabuki (classical Japanese theater), flawlessly groomed geishas (traditional entertainers), and blooming springtime sakura (cherry blossoms), as well as bamboo forests, sacred shrines, traditional temples, and delicious, traditional food.

The Man Who Brought Sushi to America

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The Man Who Brought Sushi to America by Anthony Al-Jamie

This is the first in a series of interviews with Noritoshi Kanai, President of Mutual Trading, the man who coined the phrase “sushi bar”.

TJ: When did you become President of Mutual Trading?
KANAI: 1976.

TJ: Who was the original founder of Mutual Trading?
KANAI: Sadagoro Hoshizaki in 1926. He was a merchant in Little Tokyo From Odawara, Japan. At the time, it was difficult to bring Japanese food From Japan, so he created a co-op with other Japanese people in the area to import Japanese food to the U.S. When the war broke out in 1941, all Japanese had to go into internment camps. Most merchants in Little Tokyo were hawking their businesses and belongings, but near Mutual Trading on First Street there was a school called Maryknoll Catholic School that had a lot of Japanese students. The administrators said, “Just bring in all of your belongings and we’ll keep them in the basement.” The people at Mutual Trading were very lucky. However, the majority of the other people came back to Little Tokyo and found nothing. They had to rebuild and they needed utensils and cooking ware. So Mutual Trading had a purpose and was able to get back into business right away by helping many families in Little Tokyo get started with their lives again. I came into the business From the Tokyo side, with Tokyo Mutual Trading, which was the Tokyo-based export arm of Mutual Trading in Los Angeles (the import arm). I started Tokyo Mutual Trading in 1952.

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