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Kobe Beef

Kobe beef is a special grade of beef from a breed of cattle called Wagyu. Wagyu is a breed of cattle naturally predisposed to producing densely marbled beef. Wagyu beef surpasses USDA marbling standards for prime-grade beef. Often referred to…

Kombini Cuisine

The Japanese have taken the concept of the convenience store (“kombini” in Japanese, short for “kom-bini-ensu sutoa”) and refined it into a concept that might surprise people familiar with the company overseas. They’re clean, the staff are friendly, and they’re…

Ekiben

Japan’s bento, or lunchbox, is famous as a solution to the problem of dining elegantly on the fly. Sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and train station kiosks, the bento is the fuel that drives Japan. A kind of bento sub-genre,…

Depachika

Department store food floors are a fun and relatively cheap way to experience Japan’s food culture, and foreign ones as well. Depachika is short for “depaato-chika shokuhin uriba,” (department store basement food-selling place) but don’t let the name fool you…

Replica Food

On a diet? How’s this sound? An ice cream parfait in a tall, frosty glass with fat scoops of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla topped by milky clouds of whipped cream and a single, shiny, red cherry. The cost is steep…