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With coronavirus restrictions at U.S. military bases around Tokyo easing enough to allow some local travel, what better way to relax than with a light lunch and a pot of tea?


Wake up with a strong coffee from Kurashiki near Sasebo

My trip to Sasebo Naval Base to welcome the USS America to Japan last December involved a 20-hour day traveling by train more than 700 miles round trip. That kind of travel calls for strong coffee.


Lunch House Turtle near Yokota shines with tasty, wallet-friendly options

With dine-in options still off-limits for many folks in the U.S. military thanks to coronavirus restrictions, now’s the time for Lunch House Turtle, a walk-up, take-away shop near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, to shine.


Delicious barbecue awaits at Flying Geckos in South Korea

For those living on or near Camp Humphreys, it’s difficult to overlook the large building outside the pedestrian gate that belongs to the La Mesa Mexican restaurant.

Miyanchi Studio & Coffee serves soba that’s music to the taste buds

If you’ve ever visited Okinawa, you’ve probably heard the song “Shima Uta,” or “Island Song,” by the Japanese band The Boom.


A carnivore’s dream: Monster Grill in Tokyo offers a meaty challenge

Monster Grill might be small — but inside, this downtown Tokyo restaurant serves up gargantuan portions of steak, hamburger and other meaty delights.


Soul Food House brings Southern cuisine to Tokyo

Embedded in episode six of the Netflix show “Ugly Delicious,” hosted by award-winning chef David Chang, is a short segment on fried chicken at Soul Food House, a restaurant in the Azabujuban neighborhood of central Tokyo.

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