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We lost the Starbucks lucky bag lotto, so we went on a luxury Starbucks shopping spree instead

How much can 7,700 yen (US$58) buy you at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery? 

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These 7-Elevens are gettin’ fancy! We try their pate and terrine【Taste Test】

The question is, do we want a convenience store to sell luxury food at a reasonable price?

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Toei Kyoto Studio Park takes you back in time to Edo period Japan, but all is not what it seems

Join us on a guided tour of the film set where hundreds of Japanese period movies and dramas are filmed every year.

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Birth Japan’s 2023 Lucky Bag will bring out your inner Japanese gangster【Photos】

New Year…New You?

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Yoshinoya’s fukubukuro lucky bag is part box, part beef bowl, but is there anything to eat?

Take a look at the presents in store for beef bowl lovers in Japan at New Year.

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These Ajinomoto frozen Japanese dishes from France baffled our Japanese reporter【Taste test】

Expectations were not met–in many ways. 

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The cool way to peel a mandarin, according to a Japanese grandma

Become a mikan master with this neat hack, endorsed by the Japanese government.

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Is Jiro-style ramen takeout from the supermarket as good as the real deal?

We find out if this reasonably priced bowl stacks up to the ramen served at popular noodle chain Ramen Jiro.

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We visit the full-scale Evangelion statue in Kyoto and particularly delight in the food tie-ins

Sure, testing your Eva synchronization rate in the entry plug is pretty cool, but so is the food faithfully recreated from the anime.

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Starbucks Japan’s Christmas customisation is the festive treat you need to try these holidays

A very cute way to add a dash of Christmas flavour to your Frappuccino.

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Why don’t hosts in Kabukicho approach our female reporter any more?

Back when she was younger she couldn’t get away from them, so we visit a host club to find out what’s going on. 

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Tokyo Banana’s Legendary Curry Bread tests the limits of what makes a good karepan 【Taste test】

New store at Tokyo Station goes bananas for curry bread…and doughnuts.

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“Have fun seeing what comes out” gacha machine is a mystery in more ways than one

What the heck will come out of a machine like this?

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Domino’s Pizza now sells fancy gold-topped cakes in Japan【Taste test】

Yeah, Domino’s? Let me get a large peperoni and a gateau au chocolat with gold leaf for delivery.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 4: Not Like a Dragon

The fourth and final stop on Mr. Sato’s look at Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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Legendary pie shop Anna Miller’s returns to Tokyo with station popup shop【Taste test】

Hey, Mr. Sato, how do you like them apple (pies)?

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 3: Crazy Town

Stories of blood, cockroaches, and the old days of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho.

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What’s it like to eat goat sashimi from a Japanese vending machine?

A local specialty from Okinawa, served up in a very unique way. 

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 2: Towards the Gray Darkness

Mr. Sato continues his night out in Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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A visit to Japan’s one and only nuclear shelter maker【Photos】

Seiji learns about the importance of “positive pressure.”

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