“Many Japanese foodies are enamored with the hamburger, in much the same way that their American counterparts are often besotted with ramen. The number of hamburger shops in Tokyo has exploded in the last decade, but there are also signs that the fascination runs deeper: There are books, magazines and websites in Japanese devoted to eating — and understanding — the hamburger.
“Yoshihide Matsubara is the author of many of them, including The Burger Map, an authoritative guidebook to Kanto area burger shops. He insists, however, that he’s not just riding a trend; his love affair with the hamburger goes back further. It’s the cultural differences, between patties formed West and East, that he finds so captivating.”
Published in The Japan Times.
See Matsubara’s full list of recommended burger joints on his blog Hamburger Street.