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Tokyo Comic-Con wasn’t just fun, it was delicious, and here’re our top picks from its food booths

With things like sumo-wrestlers’ hot pot and beef sushi, the event was a feast for all of the senses!

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Tom Hanks visits Japan, blends in with oyaji at restaurant in Tokyo

Find out where the Hollywood movie star took this silly selfie after the break!

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Wasabi and salt flavored instant soba released to help cope with summer heat

Because nothing cools you down better than the intense burning sensation of wasabi.

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We check out Kawaichi, a crazy good soba shop in Akihabara

The shop is a bit of a walk from the station, but the superb soba at this Akihabara eatery is worth the trip.

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【Mr. Sato Wisdom】”Anyone who doesn’t take home their disposable chopsticks is a damn fool!”

They say there’s a fine line between genius and madness. It’s a line that our Mr. Sato frequently walks.

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Can you tell which of these are instant noodles and which are cakes from an amazing Tokyo bakery?

Sure, you’ll want to eat them all, but which ones are the desserts?

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113-year-old soba noodle restaurant closes in Tokyo due to heartbreaking development

The poster explaining the reason for the closure of the family-run business is breaking hearts around the internet.

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New Japanese dish combines two summertime greats – soba noodles and kakigori shaved ice

Now you can enjoy your main dish and dessert together in one meal.

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Japanese restaurant serves up noodles in stunning ice cube bowls

Sometimes there are restaurants you want to keep a secret all to yourself, and this is definitely one of them.

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Our reporters Mr. Sato and Yoshio go chasing their youths at a noodle vending machine 【Pictures】

Noodle soup for the soul…served by a machine!

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Check if you have a soba allergy with these amazing ukiyoe-print temporary tattoos!

Finding out you can’t eat soba stinks — but at least this is the coolest way to get bad news!

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Want some carbs with your carbs? Japanese noodle restaurant offering bread soba

Yakisoba bread is pretty common at Japanese bakeries, but this is the first time we’ve ever heard of bread soba.

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Saga Prefecture’s hidden gem of a soba restaurant offers scrumptious, full course soba meals

A soba restaurant tucked away in the mountains of Saga Prefecture is known for every one of its menu items making use of the soba (buckwheat) plant.

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11 ways to have a great Christmas date…when your date is a bowl of instant noodles

As long as you’ve got hot water, you’re not really alone.

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My lunch Totoro – How to turn your noodles into the adorable Ghibli character

Even 27 years after its release, My Neighbor Totoro continues to resonate in the hearts of fans, so much so that it’s easy to forget that the anime classic is a mere 87 minutes long. Subtract from that all the scenes the star himself doesn’t appear in, and we’re left with far less time than we’d like with Studio Ghibli’s most beloved character.

Granted, Totoro does make a brief appearance in one of the animated shorts shown at the Ghibli Museum. But what if you don’t have a trip to Tokyo lined up anytime soon, or that particular piece of animation isn’t being shown when you do?

Then it’s time to arrange a tabletop visit from the big guy himself, by whipping up a plate of Totoro soba noodles.

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They just don’t make Japanese food delivery people like they used to

Times always change. New things come and old things fade away. Depending on your age and location you may have some fond memory of milk being delivered by a horse-drawn carriage or going to a so-called “vi-dee-oh store” to rent a moving picture etched onto some weird magnetic tape or disc.

And some Japanese people may reminisce about the Showa period of Japan when food delivery men would ride around on bicycles carrying an absurd amount of food on a single shoulder.

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Cup of noodles for vegans! Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon

Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.

Things get trickier still if you’re trying to stick to a vegan diet. Even something as simple as noodles are generally out, since almost all broths are made with meat or fish stock. But if you’ve got an aversion to meat coupled with a craving for soba or udon, you’re in luck, with two new types of vegan instant noodles produced by a Zen Buddhist temple.

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Tokyo chain puts french fries on soba noodles, proves dreams really can come true

Ramen burgers. Bulgogi tacos. Cronuts. Sometimes the stars align and the gods see fit to bless the world with visionary new dishes–the kind that make people say, “Is that even possible?” Eventually, those same people end up wondering why no one came up with the concept sooner.

One of our Japanese writers was able to experience the joy of culinary experimentation firsthand during a recent trip to Tokyo’s Nadai Fuji Soba, which is now serving… wait for it… French fry soba! Though at first glance you might think someone spilled their Happy Meal over a plate of noodles, the tasty result is sure to make you a believer.

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Noodle maker does everything you can’t: make noodles!

The other day we brought you news about Brazilian style cup noodles and as the saying goes, you eat with your eyes before your mouth and we’re sure many of you became suddenly hungry after looking at the picture. Even though you knew it was Cup Noodle, that didn’t stop you from salivating at the words “BBQ” and “Brazilian spices”. Seeing instant ramen undoubtedly brings the thoughts of, “I wonder if I could make my own ramen noodles myself, instead of whatever is in this Styrofoam cup.” Starting from July, you can and this new product from Waganse is just as easy as “making” a Cup Noodle and probably a whole lot healthier too.

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Pretty White Soba Flowers Making Fukui Locals Want to Vomit

For those of us living in cities, the idea of moving away to a country home surrounded by vast meadows of these pretty white autumn flowers sounds nice doesn’t it? However, this year, in Fukui Prefecture, where crops of thousands of these soba (buckwheat) flowers are grown, residents are perplexed that all these little blossoms literally smell like an ocean of sh*t.

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