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Dream Tokyo Metropolis

Tokyo is not a city. It used to be, but it ceased to exist as such on July 1st, 1943. From that moment onwards, the sprawling mass of wood, concrete …

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Beautiful view of Tokyo's first sunrise of 2014

People watch the sun rise over Tokyo Bay on New Year's Day. Some 200 people saw the first sunrise of 2014 from the Roppongi Hills observation deck, 885 feet above sea level.

Tokyo Ramen Street's Rokurinsha Makes A Mean Bowl of Tsukemen Noodles

The last time I was in Tokyo, I didn't make it to Rokurinsha, one of Tokyo Ramen Street's most popular restaurants, which is known for its tsukemen, or dipping noodles. This time, however, I vowed not to be denied, and arrived before noon to make sure of it.<p>By 11am, the line was already wrapped …

First Look at Bassanova Ramen, a Popular Tokyo Shop Comes to New York

<b>Note:</b> First Looks give previews of new dishes, drinks, and menus we're curious about. Since they are arranged photo shoots and interviews with restaurants, we do not make critical evaluations or recommendations.<p>"We're moving a little bit closer to Japan," says Ivan Orkin, the New York-based …

In Tokyo, pass on breakfast cereal and fill your bowl with ramen

I am not a morning person. But by the time the clock reads 6:45 a.m. – daybreak in Tokyo – my body's internal version, 11 hours out-of-whack, is craving a big, savoury meal.<p>Fortunately, Japan's traditional morning cuisine could easily pass for dinner most other places in the world, so I leave my …

Cute Tokyo Metro posters remind commuters to behave

Passengers might think twice before blaring music, sneezing on strangers, or falling asleep drunk on the subway with these charming posters spotted in Japan.<p>Many commuters loathe riding on public transportation because of the rude and rowdy behavior of other passengers who treat the confined spaces …

Snapshots from Japan: Grilled Brains, Genitals, and Other Offal in Tokyo

GallerySnapshots from Japan: Grilled Brains, Genitals, and Other Offal in Tokyo<p>What I especially like about Japanese restaurants (and what I believe to be a key to outstanding quality) is specialization. A great sushi bar serves only seafood. Even more specialized, an <i>unagi</i> restaurant sells only …

How to Navigate Tokyo, the Greatest Shopping City on Earth Photos | GQ

Toggle Scroll<p>January 17, 2014<p>It's no secret that Tokyo is packed with cutting-edge fashion and high-design gear, but good luck finding it all without a guide. That's why whenever we go, we call up designer Steven Alan, who's been scouting the city for twenty-five years—and now he's sharing his …

After Hours: Where to Find Great Late-Night Eats in Tokyo

Nightlife in Tokyo is complicated. Most kitchens close at 11 p.m, and you're welcome to stay and drink after that. The mood after 11 is buzzing: old-school jazz or hip-hop hums along, ice tumbles in metal cocktail shakers, smoke perfumed with grilled chicken and vegetables wafts by, and the homey …

Eight Great Bowls of Ramen to Slurp in Tokyo

GalleryEight Great Bowls of Ramen to Slurp in Tokyo<p>I once read that there are over 20,000 ramen restaurants in Tokyo. That's a lot of noodle slurping for one city. We're talking about dedicated ramen shops, with primary focus on just one food item, like many restaurants in Japan. When you go to a …

6 Things Do in Tokyo When the Train Stops Running

Just because the train left your broke ass in the dust doesn't mean the party is over.<p>Photo by: luxtonnerre<p>Instead of curling up in a corner and crying your eyes out until public transportation will take your sorry ass back home, spend the train downtime wisely. Tokyo's trains shut down between …

3 Perfect Tokyo and Kyoto Itineraries

While there are countless worthwhile tourist destinations spread throughout Japan, like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji, most travelers only have …

Snapshots from Japan: A Fish-Forward Breakfast at Kuoues in Tokyo

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Visit Japan, and you can conveniently start your day with fried dough from Mister Donut (pronounced "Mis-tah Do-nut-su") or <i>onigiri</i> (filled rice "balls") from 7-11 or another <i>konbini</i> (convenience store). But I …

Dinner at Nobu Tokyo

Snapshots from Japan: The Tokyo Cocktail Scene

Watching top bartenders in Tokyo, I think of the Japanese tea ceremony, with its elaborate details and rules. Both reflect what Japanese call <i>kodawari</i>, which translates roughly to a striving for unreachable perfection achieved through relentless practice, repetition, and extreme attention to …