Tokyo JUNKtion

The capital of the Umamisphere, Tokyo is a cluttered jungle of JUNK. Yoko reports.

After four years in Tokyo, Yoko recently relocated to the Bay Area. She loves dips, dashi and deals.

March 17, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Hosomaki Diaries

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Trends in roll combinations in the States are rapid, with so many joints coming up with their own “house” rolls. Conversely, the combinations of rolls or makimono are very constant in Japan.

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February 24, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Jicca

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Whenever I visit Tokyo, I look forward to meeting newborns… especially when I’ve followed the progression of their parents. No, I’m not talking about newborn babies.

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March 14, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: Dessert Le Comptoir (Fukasawa)

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The art of perfection is everywhere in Japan. In its laquerware, electronics and especially in its food. Dessert Le Comptoir in Fukasawa, Tokyo is an example of food perfection.

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January 31, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: The B-Kyu Charm of Ramen

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Ramen has always been big in Japan, and since the mid-2000′s it has exponentially grown in popularity and trendiness, with younger entrepenuers trying their hand at making the nation’s most beloved B-kyu (B-Class) food.

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August 16, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Toraya (Roppongi Hills)

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On the very special occasion that a visitor from Japan would bring Toraya to our home in Cupertino, I would actually be excited about eating.

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June 21, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Matsunami Ramen

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Matsunami Ramen was my first stop in Tokyo after a 9-day long trip of a lifetime to Darjeeling, India (more on that later).

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May 24, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari

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I want Washio’s Awamori Wasabi-wari to be world famous, so I’ve gone ahead and named it “The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari.” It’s been out there on the WORLD wide web for over three years now, so I think it has earned its title.

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March 29, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: Ikko-an (Koshikawa)

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After reading Moto’s post about making anko (sweet bean paste), I began to reminisce about my visit to a wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionary) shop in Koishikawa, Tokyo called Ikko-an.

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November 22, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: Cateriam Cat Cafe

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A cat cafe is not a place that serves cat sandwiches. It is a cafe… with cats.

Cat Cafes in Japan were very popular in the early-mid 2000s and still remain peppered throughout Tokyo.

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March 17, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: After the Quake (The Supermarket Edition)

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These photos my friends in Tokyo sent me gave me a glimpse of what is going on there. The images have also reshaped my idea of what to include in my pathetic earthquake kit consisting of some nonperishable food and 4 gallons of water.

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