K. Masami

Japan’s favourite whisky and chocolate pairing just got even bigger

“Twig” chocolate is a great partner for whisky, but what happens when it becomes a full-on branch?

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Starbucks Japan welcomes autumn with Caramel Apple Rooibos Tea

There’s nothing boring about rooibos when it’s served like this.

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We test out 100-yen shop Halloween pet accessories on a purrfectly cute assistant

Click for cute cat pictures! Oh, and adorable, affordable Halloween pet accessories. 

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Tabasco Japan says you should add hot sauce to your beer, but are they right?【Taste test】

It’s not just the alcohol that’s giving this beer a kick.

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We tackle a titanic bowl of pork cutlet katsudon and (just about) live to tell the tale

When you begin to suspect that your bowl is a portal to the pork dimension…

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Our reporter breaks her Takarazuka virginity with an all-female performance of City Hunter

Battling first-timer nerves, we take a seat at the renowned Takarazuka theater.

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Starbucks Japan’s first pineapple Frappuccino, Go Pineapple, should be the Gorogoro Pineapple

Taste-testing Starbucks Japan’s first-ever pineapple dessert drink, plus its peachy companion.

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This Nara workshop has been making deer crackers for more than 100 years and offers tours【Photos】

The oldest shika senbei maker in the city gives us an inside look and a fresh-cooked taste.

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Starbucks releases 47 Frappuccinos around Japan, we try the one for Nara Prefecture

Can this Frappuccino capture the flavour of a region famous for deer and the giant Buddha? 

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Starbucks Japan releases a surprise Chocolate Tea Cake Frappuccino【Taste Test】

New drink appears in stores without any prior notice.

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Cups made of kelp from Hokkaido add a touch of umami to whatever you put inside

Kelp yourself to an extra flavorful cup of sake or soup.

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These super thick, extra-crunchy potato chips are the answer to your salty snack cravings

Handmade chips in lots of flavors from a local, Fukuoka-based company? Sign us up!

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Got a hankering for hanpen? Here’s how to make your own Japanese fish cakes【SoraKitchen】

This particular style of fish cake dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) and is made using only three key ingredients

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We try making imoni, the beloved taro and beef stew of northern Japan【SoraKitchen】

This autumn staple of Yamagata Prefecture comes to our kitchen in Tokyo with the help of a friend from the region.

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Universal Studios Japan launches mask cosplay contest for Halloween

One of our own reporters has a go at making a personal Halloween-themed mask for USJ’s newest event.

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Japan’s sweet/terrifying face cakes are here as we order a batch of Kao Dorayaki【Photos】

Our reporter couldn’t make it home to visit Mom and Dad, so she wanted to let them eat her face instead.

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Wanna win a Nintendo Switch? You can with this gigantic gacha capsule machine in Nara【Photos】

We try our luck and get pleasantly surprised.

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As American as Nara apple pie? We try the U.S.’s best small town pies without leaving Japan

Julian Pie Company gives our Japanese sweets fan her first taste of America’s signature dessert.

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Stuck at home? Order in some chunky, cartoony meat on the bone

A formative food fantasy has been made real, and you can get it delivered straight to your door.

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Eat a mountain of chicken katsu at this restaurant in Nara【Photos】

If you’re into eating challenges, this is one you won’t want to miss out on.

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