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HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: The Full Life-Time Experience At the Café Kitsuné

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HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan makes another stop along Tokyo’s vibrant café scene with a stop at Café Kitsuné. No stranger to these pages at HYPEBEAST, French record label and fashion brand Kitsuné has undoubtedly created a full-on lifes...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: Going to the Source for Kobe Beef at Misono’s

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During our HYPEBEAST Road Trips through Japan, we embarked on the “holy grail” of red meat: Kobe beef. Despite what you’ve heard, read, or seen on restaurant menus or in markets, Kobe beef does NOT exist anywhere in the world but in Kobe, the capi...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: The Art of Knife-Making with HIDE Knives in Sakai City

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On the south edge of Osaka bay is the port city of Sakai. Often referred to as Sakai City, it has played a significant part in Japan’s history. Since the 15th century, the blacksmiths and craftsmen of Sakai have created some of the finest blades in t...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: Udon at Usami-Tei Matsubaya in Osaka

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In our quest far and wide for the best of the best, our HYPEBEAST Road Trips stop in Osaka took us to a century old udon shop. Recognized for its legendary Kitsune udon noodles, Usami-Tei Matsubaya is a third-generation family-run udon shop in Osaka,...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: Classic Kaiseki at Nanba Kaiseki in Kyoto

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For over 1,000 years, Kyoto was the home to the Imperial Court. However when Tokyo was made the de facto capital in 1868 and then permanently in the 20th century, Kyoto’s significance seemed to diminish as the country looked east to its new center. T...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: A Traditional Stay at Aoi Yasaka-Koudaiji in Kyoto

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During our recent HYPEBEAST Road Trips journey across Japan, we had the chance to change pace by staying at the Aoi Yasaka-Koudaiji (part of Kyoto Stay) in Kyoto. Machiya literally translates as ‘townhouse’ and represent an important...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: AIZENKOBO Indigo Workshop in Kyoto

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It’s no secret that Japan possesses a wealth of modern day artisans that have tried their best to uphold beautiful techniques and traditions. It’s this loving embrace of tradition that made for this part of our HYPEBEAST Road Trips so fas...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: Eats at the 548-Year-Old Honke Owariya in Kyoto

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Honke Owariya is kind of a big deal in Kyoto, Japan and has got that soba game on lock. Established in 1465 doubling as a noodle shop and confectionery, Honke Owariya is mainly recognized for its traditional buckwheat soba noodles. Located within wal...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: A History Lesson in Fabrics with the House of HOSOO in Kyoto

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Kyoto is home to some of the most reputable artisans in Japan, if not the world, and for this installment of HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan, we visit with one of the most famous weavers in the Nishijin area, the House of HOSOO. Our opportunity was extrem...

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan: Almost 100 Years Later Nothing’s Changed at Izuju

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Sitting on prime real estate in Kyoto’s Gion district, Izuju Sushi faces the entrance of the Yasaka Shrine. The over 100-year-old institution is recognized for serving the best and most authentic Kyoto-style sushi. Kyoto doesn’t roll like the rest of...