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12 Tokyo Bars For Exceptional Cocktails And Shockingly Rare Whisky

And you won't go broke! A real drinker's paradise.
Feb 18, 2015 12:00 pm

You’ve heard about the hand-carved ice. Suited bartenders. The world’s most exquisite barware. The famed Japanese “hard shake” technique, of which there are varying styles. Intimate bars hidden in tough-to-find basements and high-rises around the most populated city on earth. All of this is true of Japan’s best bars. But in my recent visit to Tokyo, there was more. So much more.

René Redzepi Made Sea Urchin Pie In Tokyo. WTF Is Sea Urchin Pie?

It's a pie made with sea urchin. But there's more.
Jan 16, 2015 9:00 am

Noma chef René Redzepi and his crew are currently posted up in the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo, having just begun a month-long residency in Japan. Thought Noma was a hard table to book? This waiting list is rumored to be over 60,000 people long. Though our prospects of snagging a seat are bleak, we’ve managed to live somewhat vicariously through Redzepi’s Instagram over the past few weeks. Case and point: this urchin pie photo.

Losers Like Jim Rash Eat Sour Plums In Tokyo's Ping Pong Underground

Defeat tastes unbearably tart on The Getaway
Dec 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won an Oscar in 2012 for their work on The Descendants. But, you probably remember them better as the guys who "legbombed" actress Angelina Jolie. The comic duo recently teamed up again, heading to Tokyo to film the season finale of The Getaway, where they infiltrate one of the city's underground ping-pong parlors and agree to a friendly but fearsome wager: the loser must eat from a jar of really sour, really gross-looking pickled plums. Watch a clip here.

Watch A Japanese Company Flash Fry Shrimp Using A High Powered Cannon

This is how you advertise wireless service
Dec 1, 2014 3:00 pm

Theoretically, you can direct high-powered airborne shrimp through airborne breading materials before they hit a wall of fire to be flash-fried. That was all Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo needed to know. Their tireless scientists developed a cannon that blasts those poor crustaceans right through the gauntlet. Don't get too startled when the thing goes off.

Ah Ya Bastart! Scotland Is Shocked: Japanese Whiskey Named World's Best.

And you thought the Yes vote defeat was bad
Nov 4, 2014 3:30 pm

In what's being described as "a wake-up call" for the esteemed Scottish distlling industry, a Japanese whiskey has been declared the world's best by the venerable Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. Specifically, the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 earns top billing in the 2015 edition of the highly regarded hooch rankings. Making this enormous hit to Scottish pride even worse: not a single Scotland distillery cracks the top five.

So You Think You Can Ramen? 20 Reasons To Slurp Up Today.

The Japanese noodle has never been hotter
Oct 27, 2014 12:00 pm

We've certainly hopped aboard the ramen express at Food Republic and have rounded up 20 of our favorite related stories here for your instant reading pleasure (see what we did there?) You'll find the best craft beers to pair with your ramen, an easy way to locate NYC's best noodle shops, videos on how ramen is made and how to most effectively slurp it and a James Brown commercial for instant ramen. That's right. Slide 17. You're welcome.

At A Tokyo Ramen Festival There’s A Booth For You To Shoot Professional Ramen Porn

This is next-level. The future.
Oct 23, 2014 10:00 am

Japan's tsukemen is sometimes called “dipping ramen” in that the noodles and broth arrive separately and are combines in an elegant submerge-than-slurp motion. The Tsukemen Grand Prix, held in Tokyo, is an annual battle royal where nearly two dozen tsukemen makers compete over the course of a month for the top prize. Guess what we found there?

Beyond Sushi: 10 Places To Eat Incredible Japanese Food In New York City

Soba, shumai and matzo ball ramen beckon
Oct 8, 2014 9:00 am

From freshly made soba noodles to unique cuts of grilled beef to matzo ball ramen, there is a ton of quality Japanese food — both traditional and contemporary, authentic and authentically inauthentic — to be found in the Big Apple. Here are 10 of our favorite places for non-sushi Japanese food in New York City.

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