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“The Art of Zen~from mind to form” at

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 11月 30, 2016

An special exhibition about Zen Buddhism was held at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno park  in Tokyo Oct.18-Nov. 27 (


This exhibition is “The Art of Zen~ from mind to form” ,commemorating some historical zen monks birth anniverssaries. Zen Buddhisim is one denomination of  Mahayana  Buddhis which prevailed 6~12 centuries in China and introduced in Japan in 12 century. The  essential idea is purifying your spirit to find out simple and fundamental yourself through meditations. The concept was welcomed and accepted by Japanese especially Samurai warriers in the Kamura Period (1192-1333)  mainly due to the similarity between Zen and  the warriers’ Bushiod or Japanese chivalry. So, Zen has given huge influences on generatiosn and developments of Japanese culture and art, such as tea ceremony, pottery, Indian ink paintings,  dry landscape gardens and so forth.




Tokyo Metro hosted a mystery rally event of quiz concerning Zen in collaboration with the exhibition at its subway stations during the same period.

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National Museum of Western Art being designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 7月 30, 2016

Tha National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) in Ueno Park in Taito-kum Tokyo was designated as a World Vultural Heritage Site at the UNESCO’s committee in Turkey on Jul.17th.(


NMWS was establish in 1959 and designed by Le Corbusier ,a Swiss architect who was said to be “the grand master of 20 century’s modern architecture”.


NMWA  contains various western art works especially modern or 20 centurys masterpieces and the basic collections are of “Matsukata Collections”. KOjiro Matuskata was a influential business person running major businesses in Meji -early Showa era and collected more than 10 thousand works mainly fron Europe, but some of them were lost in condusions of wars. Still France gave back some of his lost art properties and thus the museum was able to start with old collections. This time, NMWA has become the “first” buildings to be registered as a heritage site, “first” jointly registerated site of more trhan one country (transborder site) ,and “first” such a site in the area of central area of Tokyo (in the scope of the 23 wards of the city). For those remarkable points, the museum is expected to draw attention of a lot of tourists even more from now on.

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no need for booking in advance of the Imeprial Palace tour course visit

By TERRY - Last updated: 木曜日, 6月 30, 2016

A  tour course in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has changed its policy and now you don’t have to book prior to the date in advance anymore. The Imperial  Household Agency declared and actually started this new policy since this June 25th. (


Now you can make a on-the-day booking for the tour and the palace started hosting such a tour even on Saturdays (the tour used to be available on only weekdays). In addition, the number and capacity of the tour has increased; a current-day registration is available twice a day for the both of the two tours.  One is for the tour in the morning (starts at 10:00am) and the other is for one in the afternoon (starts at 1:30pm). The capacity for current-day registration is 300 people, while that for advance registration is 200 people.  One tour takes about 75 minutes.   It is supposed  this new policy is arranged in order to increase foreign visitors to the palace as a part of promotion of  inbound tourism . Actually,  about 60% of the visitors to the palace are foreigners. So, the government is pareparing for starting  recoreded  guiding services coming in various languages as well.


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a new hotel open near Ueno station

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 2月 29, 2016

A new hotel “Life Tree” opened near Ueno station, which is one of the oldest and hub stations in central area in Tokyo on this Feb.2nd.(


It takes about 5 minutes to Ueno station from the new hotel. The station area is home to a lot of  popular tourists’ destinations such as traditional Japanese-western restaurants,  Ueno park, the most popular cherry- blossom veiwing spot in Tokyo,  Ueno Zoo, art museums, national museums, Kaneiji temple, Ame-yoko old shopping street,and so forth.   And  ueno is close to other popular areas, such as  Asakusa, Ginza, Yanaka and others.

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Tokyo Governor announces launching “Omotenashi Tokyo”

By TERRY - Last updated: 日曜日, 5月 31, 2015

Masuzoe Tokyo Governor hosted a regular press conference at the Tokyo metropolitan Government and announced the government launched a plan of volunteer city guide services called “Omotenashi Tokyo” to help foreign visitors to Tokyo as a part of special services in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020 on this May 29th. (


Masuzoe also introduced and showed the blue uniform of  Omotenashi Tokyo, the volunteer city guide groups.  He told he had impressed by the Korean volunteer guides’ warm services he had received during his stay in Soul, Korea. The Korean volunteer guides wore red uniforms and now he has chosen “blue” ones for the Tokyo guide groups, expressing the similar hospitality of the volunteer guides.  He says  he expects the new system’s volunteer guides will be a good help speaking foreign laungages for foreign tourists to Tokyo.   Omotenashi Tokyo will start its services on Jun. 19 at Shinjuku station West Exit area and area of Ueno station, with about 1,000 enrolled member guides who are housewives, students and others that meet conditions such as a ceratain English proficiency. The services hours are 11:00-17:00 on Friday,Saturday,and Sunday and services will expand to 10 venue areas withen 5 years.

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The first Tokyo My Matsuri at Ueno park

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 4月 29, 2015

The first Tokyo My Matsuri was held April.25-26 at Ueno park, which is quite famous as one of the best sites to appreciate beautiful cherryblossoms in spring in Tokyo. (


This was a dancing festival and competitions of children’ dance teams supported by educational organizations and local commericial associations. About 50 teams joined the event and two teams of “SAKADO WINDS” and “dancecompanyREIKA組” won grandprix.  I wass there on the 26th and ate some food at  stall shops in the venue, The atmosphere there was quite lively and a lot of people were enjoying the festival. The second Matsuri is going to be held in Shinjuku on Oct.3-4.

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The last BlueTrain finishing its operation in March

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 2月 28, 2015

The “Blue Trains” are  popular express trains  with sleeping berths that launched operation in 1958. Most of the Blue Train series have terminated services due to decrepitude or old systems. The only remaining in service is “Hokutosei”(/The Polar Star) that runs between Ueno  station in Tokyo and Sapporo station in Hokkaido. And Hokutosei, the Last Blue Train,  is terminating its service in this March 14th because of aging and the need for JR to rearrange its railroad tables and systems for the plans of  the upcoming bullet train services in Hokkaido.


A lot of railroad fans take travels using Hokutosei or take its photos  sparing the short and precious remaining days of the Blue Trains.


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Cherry blossoms’ full bloom in Japan

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 3月 31, 2014

In Japan, we have full bloom of  cherry blossoms in many rigions by the end of March this year.   In Kansai (the Western part of Japan), beautiful combinations of cherryblossoms and old cultural buildings, sush as temples and paths are seen.



In Kanto(the Eastern part of Japan) ,where full bloom situation was recognized by March 29th,  a lot of people enjoy the coloful cherry blossoms in various places, such as Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Sumida River ,and other popular  cherry blossom viewing spots and facilities.


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Satin Doll Stores

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 3月 1, 2014

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Satin Doll Stores


Satin Doll “Ueno Main Store”

main shop A

A large quantity of world famed watches is displayed

The main store is located in the center of the market and therefore named as “Ameyoko-no-heso” or the navel of “Ameyoko.”

Satin doll has 4 specialty watch stores in the area between JR Ueno and Okachimachi stations. Compare to other ttree branch shops, the main shop in “Ameyoko” sells other brand watches including Rolex. Because of its location in the middle of so-called discount shopping street, it tends to be more casual style shop so you can drop in freely without any sense of hesitation.

The main store is dealing with high quality watches from all over the world, such as Rolex, Cartier, Chanel, and Omega. A large number of rare models of used watches are also available with rather lower prices than other stores in Tokyo.


Satin Doll “Ueno Main Store”
Address: 〒110-0005
10-2, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo,   JAPAN
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: Not fixed
Phone: 03-3831-5496


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Satin Doll “Ueno Center Store”


You can easily find this branch shop at just beside the entrance of the Ueno Center Building. It widely exhibits Rolex watches for your trying on. Especially variety of used Rolex models are exhibited at reasonable prices.


Satin Doll “Ueno Center Store”
Address: 〒110-0005
7-8, Ueno 4-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo,   JAPAN
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: None
Phone: 03-3837-3330


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Satin Doll “Ueno Store”



The branch shop displays various Rolex models, such as Sports Models, Date Just, and Pure Gold Models, and also Boy’s Models and Ladies Models. You are sure to find your favorite model among them.


Satin Doll “Ueno Store”
Address: 〒110-0005
4-11, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo,   JAPAN
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: None
Phone: 03-3837-3330


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Satin Doll “Okachimachi Store”


“Okachimachi Store” is something unique among other group shops. It is a kind of small shop located in the middle of the shopping street. As well as selling various models of ROLEX・TUDOR・OMEGA, it also purchase or trade-in your used models of them.

Satin Doll “Okachimachi Store”
Address: 〒110-0005
4-4, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo,   JAPAN
Business hours: 10:30-19:00
Closed on: Not fixed
Phone: 03-3834-2749

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Rich stock of the most popular type of Rolex, Daytona

“Daytona” is only a chronograph among Rolex brands and well known as “the king of Rolex.” Among popular line-ups in Rolex, such as “Explorer,” and “Submariner,” its popularity never declined in recent decades.

As well as in Japan, its name is also very popular among foreign visitors from Europe and USA. Vintage models produced between 1960s and 1970s are much popular than existing models and market prices on these vintages models Exotic dial,” and is called as extra rare watch. It is also called as “Paul Newman-dial,” because, late actor and car racer, Paul Newman’s favorite model. The model is usually sold at more than 5,000,000 yen as a premium.

Rolex Guarantee set


Satin Doll provides super long guarantee and special after care service for Rolex watches which you purchased from their stores. 20 year-guarantee for new Rolex watches and 15 year-guarantee even for its used models. They give guarantee for movement of their Rolex watches for customers’ long use.

So-called “service-pack” is a special after care service for Rolex watches, which is indispensable for mechanism of smooth movement.

Actually, mechanical watches require overhaul once in every 4 or 5 years depending on condition of your use.

Oil of inner movement will be unclean and also some parts of it exhausts oneself by long use.

Satin Doll provides special overhaul service only for Rolex watches without any service charge.

What is overhaul service?


1. Decompose


・Take out movement from your Rolex.

・Each small parts, such as hands, face, and gear wheels, are carefully decomposed one by one from the movement.

2. Wash or rinse out


・Each small parts are rinsed out in a special detergent by ultrasonic waves, and dried after that.

・And other outer parts
of Rolex, such as case and bracelet, are also washed out and polished carefully for removing stains.

3. Oiling and assembling


・Each cleaned parts are assembled after oiling.

*It is really hard enough to examine adequate quantity of oil, and strength of assembling. Only long experienced engineers can carry on assembling.

4. Adjustment


・Assembled movement is packed back into the cleaned case.

・And other related adjustments, such as stem of the watch, pace of movement, accuracy, waterproofing, and condition of movement, are performed. Entire overhaul service is finally finished.


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Italian bar “IL CADOCCIO”

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 2月 15, 2014



Italian bar IL CADOCCIO”

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New wine bar under the popular “yakiniku” restaurant chain


The Taisho-en group, one of the popular “yakiniku” Korean-style barbecued beef restaurant chains in Ueno additionally opened Italian win bar “IL CADOCCIO” on the B1 floor of their stand bar “Kadokura.”

The wine bar has a long counter with 5 to 6 people along the wall, and a round share table in the center.


Italian wines start form 1,980 yen a bottle. The bar basically serves Italian dishes, such as pasta, pizza, and other attractive Italian items. As the famed “yakiniku” chain group, they also serve an A-5 grade beef steak.


There is a wine cellar with rich stock under an indirect lighting. And a menu board says “otoko-no nikumori” or a chunk of meat 580g (750 yen), which catches customers’ eyes in a modern atmosphere. Only the popular “yakiniku” chain with long history in Ueno can serve A-5 grade beef at this low price.

You can enjoy a large quantity of beef with a bottle of Italian wine with reasonable prices between 2,000 and 3,000 yen. In addition, fish, quiche, and tapas, such as homemade pickles attract their female clients. They tend to drop in and share a bottle of Italian wine on the way back their homes. Yes, this bar is for sociable people.


Menu Recommended

Special Lunch for   Ladies ¥880
Coffee   & dolce are served together


Large portion “Gatturi” Lunch ¥1,080
Meat(100g), Pasta(150g), Rice(200g), & Coffee



Assorted meat “Otoko-no-niku-mori” 2,800 (Half size ¥1,600)

(Beef, chicken & pork)


Pizza Bismarck ¥800

Panda pizza ¥800




■Glass Wines

Gancia Brut Spumante


Borgo Sanleo Binaco


Montebello Trebbiano d’Abruzzo   de Rubicone


Chardonnay Santa Helena Gran Vino


Borgo Sanleo Rosso


Monte Bello Sanclovese Del Rubecone


Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Helena Gran Vino


Other Beverages

Draught beer




Chūhai “Shochu   Highball”




Jim Beam


“Taketsuru” 12 years old


Williams & Humbert Collection Fino


Grahams Fine Ruby




Coffee, Espresso,or Cappuccino


Soft Drinks




Italian bar IL CADOCCIO”
Address: B1F Forum Aji-building
Ueno 6-13-1, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 03-3832-5444
Business hours:

Lunch: 11:30-15:00 (Last orders: 14:30)

Dinner: 17:00-23:30 (Last orders:22: 45)



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By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 2月 1, 2014


Artisan’s handmade leather goods for long use



Albuquerque is a store specializing in leather goods and Indian jewelries, which has been running business in the AmeyokoPlaza more than 20 years.

The proprietor cares on selecting handmade belts, purses, bags, and other small leather articles for long use. Most popular items in their stock are purses, which count over 100, categorized in styles and leather materials. “ALBUQUERQUE” sells various leather and silver goods under famous brands, such as L.C/Croppers/OPUS /DAKOTA/Silver King/BURN BURN/SPRIT WINDS/SARN/CALF/Taka Fime Leather/Nocona/Natural Hands/LEFTY/One’s WarKer/K’C/BOTA, and American Indian jewelries.

As well as putting names on the leather goods, they accept full-order from their customers and after care service. Indian jewelries are also very popular, which are purchased directly at the American Indian reservations by the proprietor.



“ALBUQUERQUE” opened in April, 1992.


At the beginning of their business, the proprietor had really a hard time for running business. They tried to learn ABC of leather from their artisans and makers, and getting know-how from technical books. Sometimes, they could not find any good solution about their customers’ questions on leather. Even that they never give up and trying to learn one by one through their business. Now they are really experts in their business and giving good advice to their customers.

The 2nd shop “Stow”


Their second shop “Stow” was opened in October, 1998.




In addition, they opened the third shop “ALBUQUERQUE 88” on March 1, 2006. The 3rd shop sells rather small size items, such as leather wallets, belts, buckles, leather bags, and silver goods. Brands are L,C・CROPPERS、Kc’s、Opas、One’s、Natural Hands, and others.

In 2008, “ALBUQUERQUE 88” has been expanded over to next-door space, room 87 in AmeyokoPlaza, and therefore, much variety of items is displayed.

88 expantion


As well as in “ALBUQUERQUE”, you can find various kinds of leather goods here. Leather is carefully selected and furnished by skilled craftsmen for each goods. Their hand-made leather goods are very attractive, easy to handle, and durable.


The carving corner for “ALBUQUERQUE”

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As the carving corner for “ALBUQUERQUE” new place was opened on April 16, 2010, in the room 108 of the AmeyokoPlaza. However, the corner has been replaced to room 92 in August, 2013. Variety stock of Western fashion items is available here. Orthodox Western style leather goods are all handmade by good skilled craftsmen. High quality of these goods attracts their customers. Leather belts, purses, and bags are manufactured piece by piece by long experienced craftsmen. They occasionally visit USA for purchasing high quality Indian jewelries.


Custom-made good

If you could not find any favorable one among ready-made leather goods, or you like to purchase the exact same size and style of leather goods of your old one, why don’t you make special order? Our good craftsmen will make your favorite leather good according to your suggested size, color, and design.


After-sale repair service

“ALBUQUERQUE” cares all their goods even after sales and provides good after-sale repair services in very reasonable fees. The fee for repair is depended on how long their customer used or conditions of good itself, and is set after consultation with their artisans. Of course, some of them are impossible to repair because of too long use, but most of them can be revived. Even leather goods purchased at other shops can be accepted for repair. Silver or golden made goods are also acceptable for repair.



Address: 〒110-0005 # 98, Ameyoko   Plaza
Ueno 6-10-7-98, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 03-3836-3386
Business hours: 10:00-19:30
Closed on: 2nd Wed.


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Grocery Store “Iseoto”

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 1月 25, 2014


Grocery Store “Iseoto”



A long-established grocery store famous for the finest dried bonito


When you pass through in front of “Iseoto,” you will be attracted with tasty fragrant of “dejiru” soup stock. “Iseoto” is a long-established grocery store which has started business in Meiji 8 (1875).

Their most popular merchandise is dried bonito from Makurazaki in Kagoshima prefecture. Only selected bonitos caught by single-hook fishing are used as material and carefully processed in several months or sometimes in a year by experienced workmen. “Makurazaki” dried bonito gives something different good fragrant extracted from these selected original materials.


A brief history of “Iseoto”

Old photo of “Iseoto” in Nihonbashi.A cask with trade mark   had been used as a container for dried bonito while between the end of Edo and Meiji periods. (replica)


Actual foundation of “Iseoto” dates back to the end of Edo period. The founder of “Iseoto” had started his wholesale store for dried bonito in Bunkyu Era (1861-1863) at Kobune-cho, Nihonbashi, Edo (the present Tokyo).

Their grocery store was opened at north end of Nihonbashi-muromachi in Meiji 8 (1875) which is registered as their foundation but completely destroyed by “Kanto Earthquake.” In addition, their reconstructed store was also damaged by the “Tokyo air-raid” on March 11, 1945.

Since its foundation, “Iseoto” has always kept guarantee of quality on their merchandise, and taken responsibility for Japanese dietary culture through selling best choice of food products from all over Japan.

Their branch store has opened in a few years after the war in Ameyoko, Ueno.

When you visit “Iseoto,” they serve a cup of “dashi-cha” tea on free of charge.



Along with dried bonito, “konbu” dried sea tangle and “shiitake” dried mushroom are considered as other two of the three basic materials for Japanese soup stock. “Shiitake” mushrooms are also sun dried, and “konbu” sea tangles are gathered at well known seashores in Hokkaido.


Shaved dried bonito sold at “Iseoto” are never frozen even in the freezer


“Iseoto” in Ueno always sells “hon-kare-katsuobushi” (本枯鰹節) or the best quality of sun-dried bonito without any beautiful package. Without any prepackage, these big-named dried bonito are sold only by weight.

“Hon-kare-katsuobushi” (本枯鰹節), sometimes calls as just “hon-karebushi” (本枯節) is the best quality of dried bonito for soup stock in Japanese quinine, which has molding processing more than three times.

“Hongare-katsubushi” sold at “Iseoto” are processed in traditional method by experienced workmen, which repeats the cycle of molding and sun drying more than three times to dry out any water from the bonito.

They are the best quality of dried bonito because only selected material are used, which were caught in inshore fisheries by single-hook fishing, and processed by experienced workmen in more than one year. As well as its taste, beautiful amber color and fragrance of “hon-karebushi” has a flavor of the best quality.


“Kezuri-bushi” shaved dried bonito has three different types depending on its shaving level, such as “oh-ara” (大荒) rough shaving, “chu-ara” (中荒) medium shaving, and “kona”(粉) fine shaving. And “Iseoto” never do general style of steaming before shaving, so their shaved dry bonito are not frozen even in the freezer. Actually, steaming process usually done to make it easier for shaving by making it softer, which also protects shaving blades. At the same time shaved bonito increase its weight with water. Once processed by steaming, shaved bonito loses its original taste and flavor, but gets something different smell. Packs of shaved dry bonito sold in other general stores are usually processed in steaming.


Free sharpening service for shaving blades

Special brand of shaving blades are best   choice for present. The blade for each shaving is adjusted for choice of   customers.

They provide free sharpening for bonito shaving blades, which must have a carved seal of “Iseoto.”Adjustment of any parts on bonito shaving is also given without any charges.However, additional few days are required while busiest season in December.


Grocery Store “Iseoto”
Address: 〒110-0005
Ueno 6-4-10, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 0120-10-8888
Fax: 03-3831-4954
Business hours: 9:00-19:00
Closed on: New Year Holidays


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Food dealer “Fujiya”

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 1月 11, 2014

Food dealer “Fujiya”


Surprising low price of food items at a long-established food dealer

“Fujiya” has a rich stock of food items, such as variety of pickles in the center, seasonings on the both sides of shelves, and frozen food kept in the cold storage the inner part. The long-established food dealer has opened in 1945, and over 80% of their customers are not general citizen but professional people.



As well as their rich stock of more than a few hundreds food items, all those prices are set in quite low, such as a pack of zha-cai (搾菜) Szechwan pickles (1 kg) costs only 200 yen.



Kamaboko (蒲鉾) is a type of cured surimi, a Japanese processed seafood product, in which various white fish are pureed, combined with additives such as MSG, formed into distinctive loaves, and then steamed until fully cooked and firm. The steamed loaves are then sliced and served unheated (or chilled) with various dipping sauces or sliced and included in various hot soups, one-dish meals, or noodle dishes. Kamaboko is typically sold in semi-cylindrical loaves. Some kamaboko include artistic patterns, such as the pink spiral on each slice of narutomaki, named after the well-known tidal whirlpool near the Japanese city of Naruto.

Red-skinned and white kamaboko are typically served at celebratory and holiday meals, as red and white are considered to bring good luck.


Food dealer “Fujiya”
Address: 〒110-0005
Ueno 6-10-4, Taito-ku,Tokyo,Japan
Phone: 03-3831-0750
Fax: 03-3831-2767
Business hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed on: New Year Holidays


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Chinese snacks “Heisei-fukujun”

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 12月 30, 2013


Chinese snacks “Heisei-fukujun”

“Heisei-fukujun” resembles to a street stall in an Asian County

“Heisei-fukujun” is a casual street stall style Chinese restaurant that serves real “tenshin” Chinese snacks. Orthodox home made dishes, such as Chinese style broiled rice cake “餡餅” (200 yen/piece), a tasty Chinese flour dumplings with shrimp stuffing in soup, and others, are served here.

There are other Chinese snack shops in Ameyoko area, so you are better to select among them. “Heisei-fukujun” is located just in front of “Ameyoko Plaza.”

Most guests enjoy taking their dishes at the tables outside.

Variety Chinese snacks are displayed on their menu board, such as broiled rice cake with oyster(海蛎餅), youtiao (油条), Soy juice (豆漿) and Chinese style fried chicken (五香醤鶏)


Grilled Xiaolongbao (小龍包) with rich meat juices

Most popular dish among them is grilled Xiaolongbao “小龍包” (380 yen/ 4 pieces). Various kinds of wheat flour are mixed to make it sticky mouthfeel. Their original recipe gives delicious taste of meat. You can enjoy rich meat juice after crispy mouthfeel of its skin.


Xiaolongbao (小龍包) is a type of steamed bun or baozi from the Jiangnan region of China (especially Shanghai and Wuxi). It is traditionally steamed in small bamboo baskets, hence the name (xiaolong is literally small steaming basket). Xiaolongbao are often referred to as soup dumplings or simply dumplings in English, but are not regarded as dumplings inChina.

Xiaolongbao are known as siohlon-meudoe in Shanghainese (simplified Chinese: 小笼馒头; traditional Chinese: 小籠饅頭; pinyin: xiǎolóng mántóu). Mantou describes both filled and unfilled buns in northern China, but only describes unfilled buns in southern China.

“Youtiao” (油条) & yáng ròu chuan” (羊肉串)

Youtiao, also known as the Chinese cruller, Chinese oil stick, Chinese doughnut, and fried breadstick, is a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough eaten in Chinese and (by a variety of other names) in other East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Conventionally, youtiao are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two. Youtiao are normally eaten at breakfast as an accompaniment for rice congee or soy milk.

Another recommendation of “Heisei-fukujunn” is yáng ròu chuan” (羊肉串). Broiled mutton meat on a skewer is not so tasty but rather savory and crispy. One bite of this dish makes you being like in eating at a street stall inBeijing. Skewered mutton is broiled after putting a lot of Chinese spice “zī rán” and is only 100 yen a piece.

It is a local dish from Yanbian(延辺) district in the North-east of China. Yanbian (延辺) is a Korean Autonomous Prefecture in southeastern province of Jilin,People’s Republic of China, just north of the border with North Korea. Yanbian is bordered to the north by Heilongjiang, on the west by Baishan City and Jilin City, on the south by North Hamgyong Province of North Korea, and on the east by Primorsky Krai of Russia. Yanbian is designated as an autonomous prefecture due to the large number of ethnic Koreans living in the region.

While you are waiting dishes, you may realize that standard language among store staff is totally Chinese.

And most guests around you are also Chinese people.

You feel something you were at a street stall in Hong Kong or some place inChina.

Address: #A-11AmeyokoPlazaBuilding
Ueno 6-10-7, Taito-ku,Tokyo,Japan
Phone: 03-3834-8221
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: 2nd Wed.


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Nozawaya/Grocery store

By Kikki - Last updated: 木曜日, 12月 19, 2013


Nozawaya/Grocery store



Entrust “Nozawaya” with every kind of Asian food materials!


“Nozawaya” on the basement floor of the Ameyoko Center Building has a large stock of Asian spices and food materials. Its earlier stages of business after the war, “Nozawa” had been a food store for seafood delicacies, but in the 90s, increased number of Asian clients has asked them to provide ethnic food materials. With trying to meet the demand, “Nozawaya” has more than 1,200 imported items in the store which make their clients satisfied. Over 50% of their clients are not Japanese but foreign people from various countries, such asKorea,India, andVietnam. They provide not only professional seasonings but for everyday use home cooking.


Variety of spices


There are 173 items from all over the world, including characteristic items of curry powder imported directly from each country.


Variety of imported beans



Beans are most common daily food items in foreign countries, especially in Indiaand other countries in the South America. Beans are widely used as an ingredient for curry and stewed dishes. “Nozawaya” sells beans suitable for such daily foreign dishes.


Indonesian food


When you visit Indonesia, such as Bali, you will be attracted with good taste of their local dishes. “Nozawaya” provide food materials for such beautiful dish.


Chinese food



A proverb in both Chinaand Koreasays that a balanced diet leads to a healthy body, and therefore there is every reason for each food. The Korean dish “Samgyetang” is a typical medicinal chicken dish for apatite your health. It is sure to find any food materials for such a special medicinal dish. You like to eat coolly dishes on hot summer time and hot and warm dishes on cold winter. Yes, you can find such a peculiar ethnic food materials at “Nozaway.”


Philippine food


Do you really know what Philippine dishes are? Compare to Indian or Thai dishes, rather a few people know what they are. Now a large number of people from Philippine are living in Tokyo. Peculiar food items for those people, such as Halo-halo, Bagoon, and Chicharon are also available.


Thai food & Vietnam food


Spicy Thai curry and Tom yum goong are really attractive ethnic food. Good fragrant of nam pla and coconut make your appetite increased. These ethnic dishes are competing popularity with Indian curry in home cooking. “Nozawaya” provide various food materials for spicy Thai andVietnam dishes.


Indian, Pakistan, and Bangladesh food


People in these countries worship Allāh. Halāl food items are essential for their diet. Most food items providing for them have “Halal-mark”.


Fresh vegetables and fruits


Seasonal Asian fresh vegetables and fruits are available here. You can enjoy real oriental taste and fragrant in fresh.


Chinese tea from China and Taiwan


“Nozawaya” provide variety Chinese tea leaves imported from the mainlandChina andTaiwan, so you can find favorite items among them.


Nuts and miscellaneous cereals


“Nozawaya” has a rich stock of nuts and cereals. You will realize good taste of these nuts and cereals when you eat in steamed rice, soup, or salad.


Frozen meat


Rare frozen meat items are available here, such as hare, edible frog and sparrow, so try it one of them once.


Address: 〒110-0005
  Ueno 4-7-8, Taito-ku,Tokyo,Japan
Phone: 03-3833-5212
Fax: 03-3833-5212
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: 3rd Wednsday



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