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The Little Nabé That Could

My rice cooker died of old age last year. I got it secondhand ten years ago from a Japanese guy who was probably given it by his mother when she bought a new one of her own some time before … Continue reading

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Hating Natto – a Dying Osaka Tradition

There’s so much about Japanese food that I love, but natto (納豆, fermented soybeans) is a culinary minefield. I can understand its health benefits and could probably even get used to the taste of the stuff, but (and this is … Continue reading

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Food Manga

Coming back from work on Monday night, I got off at Nagai Station and found my bicycle (parked out behind the exit, where no one is supposed to park but everybody does). In the basket were some books, small paperbacks. … Continue reading

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Kinokuniya 2008: Better Late than Never

I bought only five books at the “12th Annual (sic) Kinokuniya Foreign Book Sale” in Umeda. Although I still haven’t finished some of the books I bought at the 11th annual (sic) sale, held in late 2006, I still had … 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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Impromptu Japanese Couscous

Something light from what I found in my suburban Osaka fridge last night: in a small saucepan, place two pieces of chicken thigh (momoniku, sasami, they call it here), or a cut-up chicken breast (fat and skin removed) in 1 … Continue reading

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