JapanCulture•NYC’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide (Part I)

The past few years have certainly been different for everyone. We spent way more time indoors and isolated than we ever expected. We cut our outings and social calendar down significantly. Some spent the height of lockdown finally “Marie Kondo-ing” their places and truly downsizing. Due to that, for our first gift guide of the 2022 holiday season, we are suggesting giving the gift of … Continue reading JapanCulture•NYC’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide (Part I)

19 Japanese Restaurants in New York That Earned Michelin Stars in 2022

Michelin released its 2022 New York guide on October 6. Of the 73 restaurants on the list, 19 are Japanese, including six making their Michelin debut. Famed—and expensive—sushi restaurant Masa continues to sit atop the list with three stars, and the rest of the list earned one each. The majority of the entries are pricey sushi spots, while a few serve kaiseki fare. Tempura Matsui … Continue reading 19 Japanese Restaurants in New York That Earned Michelin Stars in 2022

Thumbs Up Ramen Puts Bubbles in Your Broth

The Japanese word awa means “bubble” or “foam.” Sake fans are familiar with this term in reference to sparkling sake or sake that has champagne-like qualities, Hakkaisan’s AWA and Nanbu Bijin’s AWA Sparkling to name just two brands. Now ramen lovers can enjoy the same effect in their broth at Thumbs Up Ramen. Thumbs Up Ramen is a new ramen shop that opened on June … Continue reading Thumbs Up Ramen Puts Bubbles in Your Broth

Manhattanites Now Have a Daiso of Their Own

July 15 was a banner day for Manhattan-based Daiso fans. The celebrated Japanese retailer known for its inexpensive, yet high-quality products opened its first Manhattan store. The new location at 220 E. 57th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) marks the eighty-third Daiso storefront in the contiguous United States. There are now more than 3,300 stores in Japan and more than 5,500 worldwide. The Manhattan … Continue reading Manhattanites Now Have a Daiso of Their Own

Japanese Dessert Shop Reopens in New Home at Industry City

You may recall Tadaima dessert shop from our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.  After a two-month hiatus they have now reopened in their gorgeous new space, just down the hall in Industry City’s The Makers Guild.  The new shop’s facade looks like it was transported from Japan with signage in the form of a traditional Japanese andon lantern and intricate woodwork framing the windows. Owner Ayaka … Continue reading Japanese Dessert Shop Reopens in New Home at Industry City