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I Chose to Live in Odawara

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Believe it or not, I actually chose to live in the Odawara area. In 1993, I came to Japan on the JET program. I was placed in a really inaka town in Tochigi-ken. I was there [...]

Momotaro Syouten

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Momotaro Syouten is near Kevin’s Guest House and has many interesting old movie posters from years gone by. It also serves great food, including incredible beef dishes. [...]

More Restaurants in or Near Odawara

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Manazuru, Kanagawa At the top of the Izu Peninsula between Odawara and Izu is the beach town of Manazuru.  The beach is worth going to in summer.  Fun for the family!   [...]

Big Boy Restaurant in Odawara

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Big Boy Restaurant in Odawara. They serve hamburgers, and hamburger steaks.    The Japanese version of this American restaurant.   It`s good! Tel [...]

Quest for a Better Lifestyle

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Originally published in the Vancouver Sun Minami Ashigara Shi, Kanagawa Ken, Japan I am lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. At this moment, I am [...]

Tuna Hero

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Japan Stories: Tuna Hero This story originally appeared in Let’s Japan.org the site devoted to debunking eikaiwa. One of my joys of living in Japan is the food. The [...]

Fishing at Lake Ashi

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Fishing with Akihiko Hakone, Kanagawa In the middle of Lake Ashi near the beautiful tourist town of Hakone, Akihiko and I are aboard a small open boat with an outboard [...]

Japanese Food

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Japanese Food Japanese Cuisine by: Kirsten Hawkins Tempura, sukiyaki, sashimi, sushi – even the words used to describe the most basic of Japanese dishes are exotic and [...]