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While Yokohama's Chinatown tends to get all the attention, much of the area is nothing more than a kitschy, overpriced tourist trap. Not so with its rival Koreatown, aka the area around Shin-Okubo station near Shinjuku. From food stalls selling tteokbokki and japchae hotteok to the myriad restaurants and bars serving authentically down-home Korean cuisine, it's arguably one of Tokyo's tastiest districts.
|And the Michelin star goes to...
French chefs who aspire to earn a Michelin star must undergo a wide-ranging and intense training regimen. On the other hand, Japanese chefs just need to know how to slap a piece of raw fish on some rice. Editor-in-chief Steve Trautlein sounds off on the perils of obsession with Gross National Stardom and where the legendary guide went wrong.
Not so long ago, the mention of Korean pop culture in Japan conjured up images of elderly housewives sobbing into their furoshiki while watching daytime melodramas chock-full of sensitive heroes, fatal diseases and tragic love. Well move over grandma, cause the girls (and boys) have come to town. From the Rockette-style flying legs of Girls' Generation to Kara's mesmerizing "butt dance," we give you a round-up of who's hot--and who's going to be--in the current K-import pop scene.
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