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Summer Nights With Tokyo’s Magical Fireflies 2017

May 19, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There are four key ways that you can tell that summer on its way in Japan. The top three are obvious: the convenience stores replacing nikuman with cold ramen; cool biz mercifully replacing suits and ties in the office; and everyone is saying “atsui ne!” every thirty seconds. But the fourth one? It’s the coming of the fireflies. Fireflies, […]

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo

May 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

  In 1887, the Japan Beer Brewery Company cleared an area of farmland in order to build a brewery where they would make, using German methods, their new premium beer, Yebisu. In the intervening years, the area which came to be named after the beer (rather than the commonly held belief that it was the […]

Feeling Crafty – The Top Craft Beer Pubs in Tokyo

May 8, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

While Asahi and Kirin beers are world renowned, it could be argued that, along with Sapporo, they do not have the most exciting tastes. As such, expats often have somewhat justifiable cause to pine for the beer of their homelands. While there are the usual chains of British and Irish bars all over Tokyo, these […]

Cinco de Mayo Festival and Mexican Restaurants of Tokyo

April 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Cinco de Mayo, while originally a commemoration of an unlikely victory for the Mexican Army against the then powerful French in 1862, has in the US become something of a large celebration for all things Mexico. As these things tend to go, Japan has taken the American interpretation of the holiday, and this year will see the […]