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Sorry if this has been asked, any update or a timeline on when Japan will reopen for tourists?

6 days ago 1633839447

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Leo Saito

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There is no particular update.

6 days ago 1633844399
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Strange. Especially for a country with as high vaccination as Japan. Most countries at least have an opening up timeline already.

5 days ago 1633950954
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Asian countries, especially those in Far East, seem quite conservative in border reopening to foreigners (unless you are going there for business or study). Japan might also have a negative experience in reopening during the summer Olympics.

4 days ago 1634070454

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Saito San, recently went to Yoshino in NY and quite liked chef’s chiaigishi nigiri - do most shops choose not to offer it or is it usually saved only for regulars? I think I have had even harakami more often than this. Thanks

8 days ago 1633657759

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Leo Saito

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'Chiaigishi' is the part that is close to the skin, and its taste and aroma are very good.

As there are many parts that cannot be used because they contain blood and the yielding percentage isn't good, so originally there were probably few sushi restaurants that purchased it.

Among the sushi restaurants I often go to, I often see it at ones that focus on purchasing tuna, for example, Sushi Arai.

8 days ago 1633679312
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Leo Saito

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Btw, I haven't heard many stories lately about good parts of neta being served only to regular customers and not to other customers.

8 days ago 1633679416
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Thank you Saito San for the explanation. Indeed, the taste is quite unique and delicious. I have not seen it in other shops I have been (some are more focused on tuna).

Arai was the only place I actually heard about special parts being offered to regulars, but I guess their first counter these days is pretty much all regulars ..

8 days ago 1633697212
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Leo Saito

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>but I guess their first counter these days is pretty much all regulars ..
That may be true...><

8 days ago 1633698703
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Leo Saito

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Arai-san is old school and conservative in his approach to service, so it is not surprising that he treated non-regular customers in that way.

8 days ago 1633698899
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Understood. And IMHO it is part of charm dining in Japan, especially with chef owned shops.

8 days ago 1633705430

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Could anyone please share the current setup at sushi Arai? Looks like Mai(?) San is heading 2F and the previous sous chef left? What’s your experience at 2F and is it possible to order special maguro cuts there? Thank you

10 days ago 1633491929

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Leo Saito

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The main counter on the B1F has been moved to the second floor, where Arai-san is now making sushi.
Watanabe-san, who used to be in charge of the private room on the B1F, retired and is now in charge of the private room at Sushi Ryujiro.
The private room on B1f is still in operation, where Mei-san, a female sushi chef, makes sushi.

10 days ago 1633494179
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Special maguro futomaki can also be ordered at the B1F private room.

10 days ago 1633494250
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Thank you very much Saito San!

10 days ago 1633525970
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Saito San, how would you rate Mei san’s course? Are the appetizers exactly same or different to Arai San counter? Would you say her sushi is on par with other top rated sushi restaurants in Tokyo? Thank you

9 days ago 1633622009
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

The composition of the omakase course now seems to be slightly different from the second floor.
I only tried Mei-san's sushi once a while ago, but my impression is that it is still far from the level of top notch sushi restaurants.

9 days ago 1633652655

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Any beef focus kaiseki meal recommendation in tokyo?

17 days ago 1632939167

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Leo Saito

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The basic choices are "Karyu" and "Jo".

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1302/A130204/13028856/
https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13209614/

If you want to thoroughly enjoy the quality of Wagyu beef, try "Nikuya Tanaka".

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13237628/

If you want to enjoy raw meat, try "Okadamae".

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130702/13255880/

17 days ago 1632960470
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Thanks, Leo saito. May I ask what make Nikuya Tanaka seem to be better than other choices?

16 days ago 1632992094
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

The grade of wagyu used is high. The price is also higher than others.

16 days ago 1632992444
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@leo saito If I may ask, so in term of cooking skill and ideas of cooking, which place you consider as the best one in your opinion?

15 days ago 1633065683
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Leo Saito

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I think Jo is the best choice for now.

15 days ago 1633076231

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Been a while ppl ask you this question @leo saito. Can you help list your top 10 sushi places? Thank you

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Leo Saito

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The current best eleven in my opinion.

Sugita
Amamoto
Sawada
Shimizu
Inomara
Harutaka
Keita
Kiyota(Hanare)
Arai
saito
Ryujiro

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Saito-san, quite surprised to see kiyota hanare on the list. Is it worth the high price(88,000jpy)?

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@leo saito is this also by ranking?

about 1 month ago 1631600879
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@leo saito anway, may I know about Inomara? I never heard the name

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Leo Saito

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My bad.
Inomara→Inomata

about 1 month ago 1631612958
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

It's hard to rank them among these 10 stores.
There are many stores that I haven't gotten a chance to visit recently.

about 1 month ago 1631613026
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@leo saito Thank you for your clarification. At first, I thought you were trying to mention Imamura

about 1 month ago 1631627325
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Saito-san, what happened to hashiguchi? I remembered you ranking it highly previously.

29 days ago 1631846867
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Oh, I forgot to put it on the list.
Hashiguchi is still one of my favorites.

29 days ago 1631850412

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