お好み焼き Okonomiyaki: Japan’s Savoury Pancake

Of all the food I’ve discovered in Japan I’m always most surprised that Okonomiyaki is the least recognised internationally. It’s incredibly delicious, celebrates the enduring Japanese love of cabbage, and there’s the crowd pleasing performance of cooking it yourself at your table. Okonomiyaki, translated to ‘grilled as you like it’, is a flexible dish that …

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Gontran Cherrier – Tokyo’s French Bakery

On a rainy afternoon in Tokyo it pays to be sat in a large window. From here, you can watch as the lights change and opposing hordes of umbrellas crash, then merge. It's a fitting tribute to commuter culture in Japan. As the sky darkens, the multicoloured lights wash over the pavements like glitter shifting over …

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VIA – A Cycle Café in Saitama, Japan

The Breakdown VIA is a cyclists’ café filled with references and in-jokes for the dedicated cyclist, as well as serving as a pit stop on a much longer journey. However, if you’d like to get out and see a bit more of the Japanese countryside, then this’ll be a nice day out. VIA Opening Hours: …

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