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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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The Michelin Guide Tokyo

 The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2019 was released, in which 230 restaurants are listed, topping the world. Japan already has a high degree of cultural influence through manga and anime.                                                                                                                                                     In 1990 when the World Expo took place in Paris, tire maker Michelin published the Michelin Guide for drivers. The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2008 was published in 2007. It listed 150 restaurants, already doubling Paris (74). In the 2010 edition, Tokyo had 11 3-star restaurants, surpassing Paris (10) for the first time.                                                                                                                                                      In the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2019, the number of 3-star restaurants is now 13, most recently adding French restaurant “Roojie.” Japanese cuisine “Kanda,” sushi “Sukiyabashi Jiro,” French restaurants “Kantesan’nu” and “Joel Robuchon” have been consistently awarded 3 stars since the 2008 edition. The number of 2-star restaurants is 52, and restaurants winning 1 star number 165. In addition, 254 eateries are introduced as “Bib Gourmand” (tasty for reasonable price).                                                                                                                                                       Jean-Luc Nare, the president of the Michelin Guide, admires the specialty of Japanese restaurants. For instance, French restaurants offer general French cuisine with the exception of “La Tour d’Argent” which specializes in duck dishes. In Japan, there are various specialty restaurants, such as sushi, tenpura, sukiyaki, unagi (eel), and so on. Moreover, quite a few of them are very historical. Soft-shell turtle pot “Daiichi” in Kyoto has been operating for over 300 years. Its pots have been used for longer than a century. The flavor has sunk into the pots, and the taste oozes from the pot into the soup. It is in a class of its own.                                                                                                                                                    Among the 3-star restaurants, 3 French restaurants were included. You can taste the best French dishes in Tokyo. Not only French, you can taste any major cuisine such as Chinese or Italian. If you want to enjoy the most popular American cuisine, you can easily spot a McDonald’s. Japan, especially Tokyo, is the capital of gourmet.                                                                                                                                                     I believe it’s one of the reasons why so many Chinese and Koreans visit Japan even though the majority of them have a negative opinion of Japan.                                                                                                                                                     The U.S. and China have exercised clout in terms of military and economic power. Japan cannot compete with them, especially lacking enough offensive military forces. However, in terms of cultural influence, Japan overwhelms them. I hope that the Abe Cabinet effectively utilizes soft power in the form of diplomacy.    


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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