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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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Starbucks has used up all the adjectives

Leaving only this for a little shop in Tengachaya.

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Dragonfly Café, Amemura

(This place closed about a year after the review appeared, but I don’t think it was my fault…) The Dragonfly is a short walk from Yotsubashi Namba station, or three blocks south of America Mura’s Triangle Park, in Osaka (across … 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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For the Sake of Change

Today, being my day off, I had lunch at Nagai’s local cut-rate sushi shop ( ¥128 a plate!), then wandered lazily across the street to Mister Donuts (infinitely more pleasant since they went smoke-free last June) to drink an au … Continue reading

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