Paris is certainly a city with no shortage of cafes, and when the coffee you’re serving is good enough to be highly praised by discerning Parisians, you’re bound to get noticed — even half way around the world in Tokyo! That’s exactly what’s happened with the cafe Coutume, which opened its third location in Japan earlier this month. The new shop, located in Tokyo’s Futakotamagawa neighborhood, provides a slightly different service style from the first two branches in Japan that opened last year in Aoyama (also in Tokyo) and Osaka.
And of course, we were more than eager to go and check the new shop out on opening day to taste what some people are saying is Paris’ best coffee!
If you’re a fan of hamsters or just cuteness in general, you might remember a few months ago when talked about Ginji, the adorable little hamster with an adorable little izakaya (Japanese-style pub). But while we all took a moment (or much longer, if we’re being honest) to ooh and awe over Ginji, today we’re instead having a moment of silence, as the heartwarming hamster has passed away.
Like most countries around the world, Japan has quite a few delicious foods, like sushi, tempura and sukiyaki, that really stand out. But as delicious as they are, these wonderful dishes are usually only enjoyed every once in a while and are by no means what a regular Japanese person enjoys for their meals on a daily basis.
Of all the meals, a typical Japanese breakfast is perhaps what people are most curious about since it’s the least talked about (it’s not like breakfast is usually served at your local Japanese restaurant, after all!). Are Japanese people still scarfing down traditional Japanese foods each morning, or have they switched to a simpler, more Western style of breakfast? Let’s find out!
Martial artist/philosopher/film star Bruce Lee left a large mark on the film industry. He paved the way for future generations of actors and hip-hop artists such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Lucy Liu, RZA from Wu-tang Clan, LL Cool J and many others.
Bruce Lee is the first Asian actor to overcome the obstacles that Hollywood through at him during a time when Asians were typecast in playing stereotypical roles such as a kung-fu master or whiz kid. Despite dying at only 32 years old, he created a legacy of work that will live on forever. Some of my most favorite films include Enter the Dragon, The Big Boss, and Fist of Fury.
As a result, it lead to other future successful films such as The Last Dragon, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and the Rush Hour series. If he lived, he would have gone on to become one of the biggest film…
With Valentine’s Day out of the way, and plum blossoms still in bloom, it’s time for early spring marketing to burst onto the scene in Japan. Leading the pack, as it does every year, is popular coffee chain Starbucks, with the nation’s other favourite flower, the cherry blossom, taking centre stage in their annual line-up of sakura menu items and merchandise.
This year, cherry blossoms meets caramel and chocolate in latte and Frappucino forms, and also finds itself in a beautiful pink and white chiffon cake. Curious to know what sakura tastes like when blended with such sweet partners? Join us as we bring you all the photos and flavours from our recent visit.
We may be a couple of years late to the party, but even if you’re seeing this for a second time, you’ll still be on the verge of tears by the end, so stay tuned. Back in the spring of 2013, Rao Pingru, a 91-year-old Chinese man, published a book of over 200 hand-drawn illustrations and letters telling the touching story of his 80 year relationship with his beloved wife, Mao Meitang.
The book, entitled Our Story, is over 360 pages long, so we can’t bring you all of the drawings, but we know you’ll enjoy the snippets we have for you. Get out the tissues and don’t be afraid to let those tears flow.
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki‘s movies each have their own favorite film for different reasons, but undoubtedly one of the most influential and well-recognized has to be the family classic My Neighbor Totoro. Totoro is the logo for Studio Ghibli, after all!
Now, fans of the film and Studio Ghibli alike can rejoice with squeals of delight, and reach deep into their wallets for these new, adorable Totoro goods out on the market. No wallet to reach into? Then it’s time to get one, and this Totoro wallet is better than any other wallet you would find elsewhere!