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A Samurai Side Hustle

A Samurai Side Hustle

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In this week’s issue:

  • A Samurai's Cafe Side Hustle.
  • Inside Japan's Iconic Capsule Apartment Tower.
  • Harajuku Fashion Highlights.
  • Beer Udon Noodles.
  • Made in Japan.
  • Music from Japan Featuring f(x).

Enjoy ✌

Culture & Lifestyle

A Samurai's Cafe Side Hustle

One hundred and seventy-five years ago, a samurai set out to avenge the death of his younger brother, and in the process, started a small cafe that is still open today. Click below to read the full story.

How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open
Not far from Akihabara you’ll find Amanoya, but it wouldn’t be there if not for an assassination.

Inside Japan's Iconic Capsule Apartment Tower

The Nakagin Capsule Tower, which was built in the 1970s and features 140 classic small flats, is a Tokyo landmark. Unfortunately, the capsule tower's future does not appear bright, and it may be lost forever by this time next year. Go inside with Abroad in Japan, and experience the hotel while we still have the opportunity.


Harajuku Fashion Highlights


Beer Udon Noodles

@Osyoya has developed Beer Udon noodles by mixing beer in place of water, to help prevent beer waste from local izakayas during the pandemic. Click the screenshot below, or the link above to view the story on Twitter.

Made in Japan

How Japanese Cast Iron Teapots Are Made

For more than a century, IWACHU has been Japan's greatest producer of cast iron teapots. It is famous for its exceptional quality all over the world.

Music from Japan

Featuring f(x)

Mr. Boogie by f(x)
Song · 2:59 · 2010

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