Ikuna Kamezawa

Can you enjoy a day at Tokyo’s Kokugikan sumo stadium if you know nothing about the sport?【Pics】

Our sumo beginner gets a lesson from a kimono-clad veteran.

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Japanese curry chain in Thailand has a surprisingly Japanese dish not found in Japan

Sometimes the most Japanese stuff isn’t even in Japan.

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Amazon’s unmanned ‘just walk out’ store Amazon Fresh leaves us feeling like criminals

Amazon’s innovative ‘no checkout required’ supermarket leaves our reporter feeling uneasy.

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Is this London branch of Marugame Udon as good as the ones in Japan?

Putting Japanese noodles and tempura to the test.

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We visit a ramen bar in Croatia, meet a whole new version of ramen we can’t wait to make at home

This ramen was all kinds of unique…and we couldn’t help but love it!

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Japanese heavy metal band Maximum the Hormone’s London gig gives our reporter new outlook on life

Intense heavy metal gig leaves our Maximum the Hormone newbie wanting to live life to the fullest.

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We try roasted horseshoe crab in Thailand, regret our choice yet strangely long for more

The horseshoe crab’s uniquely coastal taste leaves our reporter unsure whether she hates it or loves it.

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We visit izakaya in Thailand billed as “Middle Aged Man’s Paradise”, try food that’s illegal in Japan

Thankfully our reporter lived to tell the tale.

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Have you tried Tokushima ramen? No? You should (says our obsessed Japanese-language reporter)

This relatively unknown local delicacy is well worth getting your hands on…if you can find it!

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We visit a restaurant called ‘Otaku’ in France, eat some otaku sushi

We expected the Parisian restaurant to be overflowing with anime goods, but the reality was something quite different.

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It looks like Costco, it sounds like Costco, but it’s actually Dodosuco — we visit look-alike store

When is a branch of Costco not a branch of Costco? When it’s a Dodosuco.

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We Pokémon GO to Utsunomiya City for some Pokétourism

Join us on a Polywhirlwind tour of Utsunomiya.

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Japanese confectionery store Toraya serves up a surprising meal in Paris

Wagashi suppliers to the Imperial Family offer a different experience to customers overseas.

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We visit Osaka’s newly dubbed Koreatown for the first time and set our sights on all of the food

After viewing 60+ varieties of kimchi in a single shop alone, our reporter learns that she has much to learn about Korean cuisine.

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Discount super market’s super cheap bento wows us with its looks, confuses us with its taste

A tremendous value for money…that is, if you don’t mind eating it.

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We visit the Paris branch of Muji in search for some minimalist products only found in France

Parisian branch of Muji is perfect blend of European and Japanese tastes.

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Can our 30-something reporter pull off the fashions of this hit lucky bag for Tokyo teens?【Pics】

Ikuna takes a chance on a lucky bag she’s in the market, but not the target market, for.

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New Year lucky bag from makeup giant Shu Uemura may disappoint makeup buffs but thrill otaku

Maybe the real luxuries are the pirates we met along the way.

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We get our hands on a coveted Yodobashi lucky bag, this time the beauty and health gadget box

Does Yodobashi Camera live up to expectations with its highly popular lucky bags?

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We buy a kitchen gadget lucky bag that was so heavy we had to call for help to bring it home

The “Otoshidama Box of Dreams” is a box worth taking home…if you can carry it. 

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