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Protection

Last month, while the cherry blossoms were still blooming in Osaka, Dave, Tom, John and I met for dinner at Chindonya, an izakaya (pub) in Nagai, my neighbourhood. I enjoy a get-together like this, partly because the food and atmosphere … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Café, Amemura

The Dragonfly is a short walk from Yotsubashi Namba station, or three blocks south of America Mura’s Triangle Park, in Osaka (across the street from the Family Mart). An elevator at the end of a narrow corridor takes you to … Continue reading

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Okonomiyakiya Tentekomai, Shinsaibashi

Tentekomai is a five-minute walk from Shinsaibashi subway station in Osaka. The speciality of the house is okonomiyaki, but the menu features many other Japanese favourites and special side-dishes of the day. Newcomers reading this are wondering, “Well, what is … Continue reading

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“Get your own damn salaryman!”

Shortly after arriving for my first stint in Osaka, I discovered, as all new arrivals did, the Pig and Whistle, an ersatz British pub in Shinsaibashi. It was then (c. 1989) the only place one could get an order of … Continue reading

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