New Japanese Restaurants in North Carolina

New Japanese Restaurants Opening in NCKyle Munn, a JET alumna living in North Carolina, notes several new or soon-to-be-opened restaurants in NC that are worth checking out.

Dashi is a ramen shop and izakaya in downtown Durham. It is opening in early-January. I was lucky enough to go to a tasting a few weeks ago and the ramen in very good. Definitely not the instant soup stuff a lot of places around here try to pass off!

Blue Kudzu Sake Company
A fellow JETAA told me about this place they checked out while in Asheville a couple months ago. A real live sake brewery in the mountains of NC. Between this place and the wasabi farm out there it's starting to turn into Little Japan.

We Are Tomodachi Autumn 2014 Edition

We Are Tomodachi Autumn 2014 EditionGreetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan

We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.

We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.

In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious.

From November, the Japanese Government has started the full-fledged operation of its official English-language website, JapanGov (, on which we have decided to publish We Are Tomodachi, starting with this edition.

The link to the webpage is as follows:

We strongly hope that as many people as possible find the time to read this magazine and deepen their understanding about Japan. We therefore ask that you please share this magazine widely with others, through social media and other means.

Please feel free to send us any comments.

We will continue to publish We are Tomodachi magazine to coincide with the changing seasons. Please also look forward for the next exciting and interesting articles.