February 11th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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Chef Toshio Tanabe serves up a a $110 dirt dinner at his French-inspired, Tokyo-based restaurant Ne Quittez Pas. CNN's Alex Zolbert digs in and puts the mud where his mouth is.

Previously - A brief history of dirt eating, from gargouillou to geophagy

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Filed under: Japan • Restaurants • Stunt • Taboos


Sushi favorite Japanese eel at risk of extinction
February 6th, 2013
09:05 AM ET
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Bad news for food-obssessed travelers to Japan.

Unagi - the sweet broiled eel dish that's one of Japan's best eats - may soon be going the way of shark's fins and fish balls: it gets overfished (check), it gets put on an endangered list (check) and it gets banned from restaurants (maybe).

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment officially added Japanese eel to its Red List of endangered fish on Friday, reported Yomiuri Shimbun.

Read the full story - Japanese eel becomes latest 'endangered food' - on CNN Travel.

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Filed under: Environment • Fishing • Japan • Ocean • Sustainability • Travel


January 8th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
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Tsukiji fish market - the heart and sole of Tokyo - will close
December 11th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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For Tokyo locals as well as visitors, Tsukiji fish market has long defined the heart, soul and, most importantly, the stomach of this hectic metropolis.

But after 78 years in operation, the beloved Tsukiji fish market will close forever after 2013.

The Tokyo metropolitan government recently released its design for a new wholesale seafood market set to open in 2014.

According to the Asahi Shimbun, the new market will be located in a few kilometers from the Tsukiji market in a complex in the Koto Ward and spread out over 408,000 square meters of floor space.

Read the full story on CNN Travel: "Iconic Tokyo fish market to close, replacement design unveiled"

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Filed under: 100 Places to Eat • Business and Farming News • Japan • News • Travel • Uncategorized


April 9th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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