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Kurabu – Eating Well in Obuse

One of our guides in Tokyo had been recommending we visit Obuse for years and on this latest trip we finally got a chance to go to this small town near Nagano. One of the best parts of our day was lunch at Kurabu, the robata-like restaurant operated by the folks who also run the local sake factory, Mashuchi.  The Club (kurabu) got its name because it was built in an old section (bu) of the brewery (kura), and serves the traditional “yori-tsuki” style cooking that the brewers enjoy. The “yori-tsuki” was a place where the brewers could quickly gather...
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It’s Waste Your Money!

It’s Waste Your Money!

Eating out in Japan is always an adventure – not quite as adventurous as China (fewer eyeballs in the soup), but lots of unknowns none-the-less.   However, one restaurant in Takayama has solved the mystery of where to eat and has posted advice for the puzzled traveler.   Their advertisement (from the blackboard outside) is shown here and we’re sure that you’ll want to find out what they’re all about.