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1. Tokyo to Test New Coronavirus Contact-Tracing App: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-08/tokyo-to-test-new-coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-in-july 2. Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan PM Shinzo Abe says Games will be held in 2021: https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/53059693 3. Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in 2021, Japan PM Shinzo Abe says: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/mar/24/tokyo-olympics-will-go-ahead-in-2021-japan-pm-shinzo-abe-says 4. Tokyo plans to offer free coronavirus tests to all residents: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-tokyo/tokyo-plans-to-offer-free-coronavirus-tests-to-all-residents-idUS

Discover Aizu, Japan’s Samurai Region: Sake, Cuisine, and Cultural Heritage a Day Trip Away From Tokyo | LIVE JAPAN travel guide

Tradition is deeply ingrained in the historical area of Aizu, in western Fukushima Prefecture, reflected today in its picture-perfect rural villages, unique cuisine, and sake culture. A decade ago, you might have had to explain Japanese sake to non-Japanese people. Yet these days, it is a familiar sight in supermarkets around the world—and you may even have a bottle or two at home yourself! Such is the global popularity of sake—served in the Japanese way or in fusion cuisine or even in experimental cocktails that might surprise brewers in Japan. As for why it is such a hit, it clearly rode on the success of Japanese washoku cuisine in the West, but when it comes down to it, there is no taste quite like it. Whether smooth or crisp, hot or cold, it is a new frontier in flavor for most in the West. Add to that dedicated Japanese tableware to serve it with, and the very act of drinking it is a cultural experience. Even if sake, a.k.a. the rice wine, is instantly recognized by non-Japanese people, many still have blind spots where it’s concerned. Some tend to be uncomfortable navigating a complicated sake menu or lack knowledge about what goes into the finer bottles at the top of the sake world. With few exceptions, that knowledge can be found only in Japan itself, and any journey through the country offers countless opportunities to get closer to the essence of sake as well as the fantastic culinary culture that surrounds it.