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Tokyo Ramen Street – Top 3 To Visit

Tokyo Ramen Street - Signboard

Tokyo Ramen Street under Tokyo Station houses 8 wildly different ramen shops. Not sure which to visit? I’ve eaten at all of them many times over. From creamy dipping style ramen to spicy tantanmen, here are my top 3 on Tokyo Ramen Street.

1. Rainbow Ramen at Soranoiro NIPPON

This is probably my favorite on Tokyo Ramen Street. What I love about Soranoiro Nippon (ソラノイロNIPPON) is that their ramen has been bold and adventurous from the very beginning.

Tokyo Ramen Street - Soranoiro Vegan Tantanmen

They’re also the perfect stop if you want variety. Take your pick – light shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, gluten free shio (salt) ramen, spicy vegan tantanmen, and more! But my personal favorite is their rainbow-colored “veggie soba” (below).

I believe this ramen is their most complex and compelling. It even got them nods from Michelin. The carrot-puree broth is creatively delicious, with clam extract, butter, and soy milk adding some punch.

In addition, they use fresh, seasonal vegetables as toppings and the unique noodles are made from smoked paprika. Bold, adventurous, and amazing.

Shop Hours: 8:30 ~ 23:00 (Last Order at 22:30)

#2 Creamy Niboshi Ramen at Gyoku

Gyoku (らーめん玉) combines the creaminess …continue reading


Japan’s most relaxing coffee chain

goo Ranking asked their readership to choose the most relaxing coffee shop chain in Japan.

Looking at the top three, when I lived in Kansai a friend of mine would post Facebook updates from Komeda Coffee, of which I was rather jealous as there were none near me, so when I moved to Tokyo I was keen to try, but the only one I’ve been to was a bit of an anticlimax.

Starbucks is often the very opposite of relaxing as there is often people busy talking on the phone, although I know of two in my town that are usually phone-free, and as long as I don’t think too much about the price they are quite relaxing; the French press of freshly-ground beans in particular is good.

Of all the Doutors I’ve been in, only one was approaching nice, let alone relaxing. However, the cheap coffee keeps me coming back.

My most relaxing is Tully’s; I’ve never been in a bad one and their plain latte is good value, but Saint Marc’s gets most of my business; there’s one the station before the office, so if I’m early in the morning, it’s just right to perk up and wind down with a hot coffee before work.

Where’s your most relaxing coffee?

Ranking result

Q: Which is the most relaxing coffee chain? (Sample size=2,184)

Rank Votes
1 Komeda Coffee 550
2 Starbucks Coffee 284
3 Doutor Coffee Shop 215
4 Hoshino Coffee 141
5 Tea Room Renoir 116
6 Tully’s Coffee 115
7 Saint Marc Cafe 88
8 Ueshima Coffee 67
9 Cafe Veloce 64
10 Kohikan 57
11 Excelsior Cafe 29
12 Musashi no Mori Coffee 26
13 Kurashiki Coffee 22
13 Inoda Coffee 22
15 Kona’s coffee 21
15 Ogawa Coffee 21
17 Tsubakiya 19
18 Cafe de Crie 15
19 Marufuku Coffee 14
20 PRONTO 12
20 Miyakoshiya Coffee 12
22 Tetsugaku Coffee 10
23 Motomachi Coffee 8
23 Sakai Coffee 8
23 Excelsior Cafe Barista 8
26 UCC Cafe Plaza 7
26 Coffee House Chat Noir 7
26 Saza Coffee 7
29 Seattle’s Best Coffee 6
29 CAFE DI ESPRESSO Coffee House 6
29 Cafe La Mille 6
32 Holly’s Cafe 5
33 Cafe Colorado 4
33 Blue Bottle Coffee 4
33 Moriba Coffee 4
33 Greenberry Coffee 4
37 Becks Coffee Shop 3
37 Segafredo Sanetti Espresso 3
39 Espresso Americano 2
40 Other 172


Between the 21st of March and the 4th of April 2020 2,184 visitors to the goo Ranking site and associated properties …continue reading


Fuunji Ramen and Tsukemen – Worth the Hype?

Fuunji Ramen Shinjuku - Tsukemen Noodles

Shinjuku ramen shop Fuunji (風雲児) is famous for its rich tsukemen. With ramen rock star status, they’re popular with locals and tourists alike. But is Fuunji worth the hype and wait? Here’s my take!

Fuunji – Some Background

After opening in 2007, it was clear that Fuunji was special. Its story is intriguing. Coming from an Italian cuisine background, owner Miyake-san never had any formal ramen training.

Fuunji Ramen - Miyake-san
Miyake-san front and center

While ramen is on the menu, they’re best known for their savory tsukemen (dipping ramen). Furthermore, they were instrumental in helping usher in the era of modern tsukemen. What’s the big deal about their modern tsukemen? Let’s dive in!

Order the Tsukemen

I mentioned “modern tsukemen”. This tsukemen is the thicker, richer soup style that’s most common today. Fuunji’s tsukemen soup is chicken bones, iwashi (sardines) from the Seto Inland Sea, katsuobushi (bonito fish flakes) from Kouchi, and konbu (kelp).

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Experience of making sushi for parents and children-Making sushi

Since the end of January, when corona has spread, we are unable to meet our customers due to out-of-going regulations, and our school principal, “Principal Yasuyuki Umemori,” and other teachers are all very sad.

However, I want to connect with everyone with a smile because it is such a time! With the thought, “I wanted to connect with you by doing an online sushi school and started an online version of Umemori Sushi School as a new service.

The experience is “laughing! Sharing a smile!”
It is an experience that connects the world with many people and connects them with a smile to make the world a smile!
It is said that immunity increases when humans laugh! To blow away dark feelings and become a smile. When “Share” smile time with everyone. Let’s create a chain of smiles!
Experience traditional sushi through traditional Japanese food “Sushi” Umemori Sushi School Online version 1 I would like to experience sushi making with many people while calling out to “Raschai” at ZOOM I think.
Since it is online, not only family participation, but also grandpa and grandmother gifts to experience online with grandchildren, and participate with friends overseas. The charm is that you can share your smile time regardless of location or distance!

TABICA application site
[Free workshop from this ticket]
(If you add oyakofes202006 to the coupon code, it will be free for any number of people)
⏪ It is not possible to make advance reservations for each experience. First-come-first-served basis
[Additional application for paid workshops]

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3 Vegetarian Rice Cooker Recipes

3 Original Vegetarian Rice Cooker Recipes Rice Cooker button

Rice cookers are a staple of Japanese kitchens. After using them in China, and now in Japan, I’ve discovered how versatile they can be.

Many people believe that you can only make rice in a rice cooker, but just because the name tells you so doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it. There are loads of simple dishes and drinks that can be made in a rice cooker in under an hour—and with minimum preparation. Here are three of my favorite rice cooker recipes perfect for the rainy season ahead.

1. Spiced French toast casserole with azuki spread

3 Vegetarian Rice Cooker Recipes - Spiced French toast casserole with azuki (red bean) spread

A great recipe that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Serves: 4 Cook time: 45 minutes


  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 375ml of soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mandarin orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon of mandarin orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar (white sugar is okay, too!)

Azuki spread

  • 64 grams of azuki (Japanese red bean) paste
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon


3 Vegetarian Rice Cooker Recipes - Spiced French toast casserole with azuki (red bean) spread preparation steps

  1. With a sharp knife, cut the bread into small, square pieces.
  2. Next, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, mandarin orange juice, mandarin orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light brown sugar.
  3. Then, place the bread into the same mixing bowl as the mixture. With a spoon, evenly coat the bread …continue reading