Setsubun @ Yasaka Shrine

Name: Setsubun at Yasaka Shrine Date: February 3rd (and 2nd) Time:  Feb. 3rd 11:00 – 16:00~; Feb. 2nd 13:00 – 16:00~ Cost: Free Place: Yasaka Shrine Area: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Station: Keihan Gion-Shijo Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring in Japan. Many temples and shrines have events where they throw lucky beans (fuku-mame) to drive away… Continue reading Setsubun @ Yasaka Shrine


Name: Karakuchi Aburiniku Soba Hiru-DORA 辛口炙り肉ソバ ひるドラ Cuisine: Spicy Ramen Soup base Miso Shoyu Heaviness Thick こってり Noodles Medium straight noodles Cost: ¥ (~¥800) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Tiny; 10 counter seats Wait: People usually finish eating ramen within 15 minutes Area: Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Tsuruhashi Station A friend told me about this super duper spicy ramen place. It’s easy… Continue reading Hiru-DORA


Name: Hojya 好呷 Cuisine: Taiwanese cafe Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000) Bargain: Very good Payment: Cash Size: Tiny; 4 counter seats, two 4-seat tables Area: Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nagahoribashi Station; Matsuyamachi Station By chance, I stumbled upon Hojya 好呷 (Taiwanese for ‘delicious’), a small Taiwanese fried chicken cafe a ways off from Dōtombori. It is a really tiny place. Just four counter seats; two 4-seat tables.… Continue reading Hojya

Ebi-Tori Menzo

Name: Ramen Cuisine: Ramen Soup base Niboshi 煮干し Heaviness Thin/light あっさり Noodles Thick, flat, crinkly Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Tiny; 7 counter seats Wait: People usually finish eating ramen within 15 minutes Area: Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: ABC Station Loren Epsum Overall:  TL;DR: blah blah blah Recommend: (Highly) Recommend Website: N/A Address: 123 Fake Street

Howlin’ Ray’s

Name: Howlin’ Ray’s Cuisine: Nashville Hot Chicken Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Small; ~20 seats Wait: 1-2 hours! Area: Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA We arrived by 11:50. There was long queue outside the restaurant. It reminded me of Japan, that is, people queuing up for a restaurant. While it’s expected in Japan, it’s rare to see… Continue reading Howlin’ Ray’s

Nipponbashi Street Festa

Name: Nipponbashi Street Festa 日本橋ストリートフェス Date: The Sunday around March 20th-ish Time: 12:00 – 15:00 Cost: Free Place: Den Den Town Area: Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nippombashi, Ebisucho Nipponbashi Street Festa is Kansai’s biggest annual cosplay event. It goes on for most of the afternoon, but from 12:00-15:00, they block part of Sakaisuji Ave. near Den Den Town and… Continue reading Nipponbashi Street Festa

Falafel Garden

Name: Falafel Garden ファラフェルガーデン Cuisine: Falafel, pita, Israeli Vegan items Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash, Credit Card Size: Big Area: Sakyō-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Station: Demachiyanagi Station The restaurant is just down the street from Demachiyanagi Station. The place smelled of coriander? seeds. Nice smell. The place has a nice and cozy decor. It has large glass windows… Continue reading Falafel Garden