Fraser and Conny
Fraser: I' from Scotland. I'm having a hard time deciding between the Kobe beef and Korean BBQ. How do I get in the mood? Plenty of beer and good company. Being a part of the international community is... heaven.
Conny: I hail from Holland. I like the Kobe beef as well, but also the corn and yakisoba. Lots of people dancing, having a good time eating and drinking sure puts me in the mood. After 24 years in Japan, this is like a bit of home.
I'm from England and I vote for the Spanish paella as best of the eats. Belly dancing performed by Japanese girls is the only way to get a matsuri mood on.
Larry and Kayoko

We're from the US and Japan. The best eats? Brazilian, Ethiopean, Indian and Egyptian. We get in the mood by being outside in the open air with a lot of beautiful culture and people. It's fun because people are very eager to absorb new things and new ways of thinking.


Photos by Beezer

Food! Fun! Festivities! Er... international flavor! It's all there at those kokusai matsuri - international festivals where Tokyoites in the know go to eat, drink, be merry and rub sweaty elbows. This week our roving reporter manages to wipe the steam off his lenses, find out where in the world all these people are coming from and whose grub is the greatest, all while garnering a few recipes for getting in the matsuri mood. Whew.

I'm from the US. My vote for the best food? Japanese! The best attitude adjuster is beer and, yes, I suppose beer.

Beths and Jennifer
We're both from the US and we love the Japanese food! Belly dancing is the way to get in the mood. For us, life in Japan is a never-ending party. It's what you make of it!
298: Wear me out
Look hot, stay warm and ski cool this season
297: Eye Spy
Who's the apple of your eye?
296: Love me, tender
What does your bartender think of you?
295: Don't sweat it!
Warm and fuzzy sweaters
294: Hot off the Presses
Potty about Print Club
293: Fright Night
TC's Halloween party
292: Clip Art
This year's accessory of choice: hair clips
291: Wild Wild East
Tokyo's urban cowboys and cowgirls
290: Sights for sore eyes
Glimpse a rosier hue of the metropolis
289: Some like it hot
Sipping hot sake in Tokyo's izakaya
288: Scents-ational
Try to smell as yummy as possible
287: Bottled Up
Bottled beverages to battle the humid hell of summer
286: Grin and bare it
Show us those pearly whites
285: Oh pairs
Love is in the air
284: Matsuri Mania
International festivals in Tokyo
283: Mini motors
Marvelous mini cars
282: Fab Tabs
How did you manage to get your tab so high?
281: Midnight Cowboys
Nocturnal rumblings of Tokyo clublife
280: Fridge Dares
Into the heart of your icebox
279: Hot One Hundreds
Bargains at your local 100 yen shop
278: Star Whores
What will you do to get that Skywalker fix?
277: Blade Runners
In-line skating has take over the city
276: Game On!
New generation of hi-tech arcade games
275: Party On!
TC's Summer Party
274: Commuted Sentences
The hells of commuting
273: Hawaii Five - Oh No!
The Hawaiian vibe of colorful cool
272: Orange crush
Tanning is work
271: Art attack
Painting a picture of the art scene around town
270: Ale tales
Which do you prefer: SMAP or non-alcoholic beer?
269: Sound of the city
Where do you buy your CDs?
268: Say cheese...
What are you putting in your shopping basket?
267: A dog's life
Who ya meeting at Hachiko?
266: Brow beaten
High brows and low brows of Tokyo's eyebrows
265: Strike up the band
Live houses around the city
264: Bloomin' marvelous
Hanami parties are booming!
263: Lap it up
The luxuries of the laptop
262: Flash and trash
Disposable cameras are the answer
261: The Cutting Edge 
Taking in your body art
260: Sweet Pies
What are you feeding that sweet tooth?
259: Shots in the dark
TC's 5th birthday party
258: Pigging it in the middle
Hungry? What's your dream sandwhich?
257: The packet racket
The joy of pocket tissues
256: Sweet addiction
Can't live without your weekly dose of Tokyo Classified
255: Time for tea
Tokyo is a tea-totaling town
254: Caught thread handed
What's keeping your digits from dropping off?
253: Game for a scarf
Scarves, the standard Ivy League ID
252: Basket cases
Bicycle basket garbage cans
251: On your toes
How much thought do you put into your socks?
250: Uniformity
Donning a uniform

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