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Popular Seafood Markets and Ports in the Kansai Region

May 23, 2018 by Justin Hanus

One of the countries that’s so well known for their seafood and how they’ve gloriously incorporated it in their culture is Japan. Their sushi is a worldwide favorite and a must have in all Japanese restaurants in the world. But where else could you get the freshest and most delicately prepared seafood dishes than in […]

The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

August 28, 2017 by admin

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, “kakigori” shaved ice. Now throw all that out, because this is not that.  The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle is a very large outdoor festival that offers a wide variety of gourmet foods and drinks to sample […]

Crab Season in Kansai

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the crustaceans across Japan. During the winter, crab imports from the Sea of Japan spread throughout the country providing restaurants and homes with tasty crab dishes […]

El Zocalo Burrito in Osaka

June 29, 2016 by admin

I have it on good authority that El Zocalo Burrito in Osaka is all the burrito you will ever need. More US than Mexican, El Zocalo Burrito features great big burritos with an assortment of toppings that anyone who has ever dined at a taco truck in LA would immediately recognize. They serve Mission-style burritos, […]

Osaka is the Tenka no Daidokoro (the Nation’s Kitchen) – Not What You Think

May 19, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Before the world bought into the abstract concept of money – whereby a piece of metal or paper can stand in for something of real value – trade was conducted in commodities that had actual value. In the Mediterranean, one of those commodities was salt, and we still have remnants of that trade with words […]

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