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Behind the Counter at a local Japanese style Chinese Restaurant

Sep 11 (Paolo fromTOKYO) - Asahi is a Japanese-style Chinese restaurant with a rich history spanning over 100 years.

Originally from the Nihonbashi area, this Tokyo secret hidden gem food spot tragically burnt down during the war but was later rebuilt here in one of Asakusa’s hidden back streets, just behind the iconic Senso-ji Temple. And now this hidden gem is run by a father and son duo serving lines of locals each and every day. The owner, Ueki san, took over this Japanese food ship from his father when he was 29 years old making him the 4th generation owner in his family. But he actually, started his career at the age of 16, studying under his grandfather’s friend at a traditional Japanese cuisine restaurant in Shimane prefecture. After which he worked in other industries to gain more life experience before setting back down here. Japanese-style Chinese restaurants like Asahi are known in Japan as MACHI-CHUKA, directly translated Town and Chinese. It’s origin traces back to the 1600s when it arrived in Japan’s Nagasaki area during the Edo period but through time underwent a gradual evolution to suit Japanese tastes.


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A revised Civil Code introducing 'joint custody' for children after divorce has been passed by the Diet. This marks the first time in 77 years that Japan has reviewed the approach to post-divorce custody.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three leaders of the political group 'Tsubasa Party' on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Act by disrupting the speeches of other candidates during a House of Representatives by-election in Tokyo's 15th district. Investigators view this as a "challenge to democracy" and plan to pursue a thorough investigation.

An event allowing visitors to experience life in 2050 has launched in Tokyo, including an elevator which enables transportation to space via a cable extending from a satellite to Earth.



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Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued a warning about the dangers of consuming alcohol and energy drinks together.

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A scandal involving the mislabeling of the brand crab "Maizuru Crab" was uncovered last month in a small port town in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, a deception has been carried out systematically for many years.

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From May 17 to 19, 2024, Tokyo's culinary landscape will come alive at the "Tokyo Tokyo Delicious Museum," a gastronomy event that promises a feast for the senses. Set in the picturesque Symbol Promenade Park in Ariake, Tokyo, the festival will gather some of Tokyo's most beloved eateries for a three-day extravaganza of food, fun, and festivity.