Tenpyōsai (Spring)

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 […]

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Busha Shinji

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 […]

RAPAS WADACHI

Name: Fuku Ryu RAPAS Benke WADACHI ふく流ラパス 分家 ワダチ Cuisine: Mazesoba Noodles Thick, flat, crinkly Cost: ¥ (~¥700) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Small; 14 counter seats Wait: People usually finish eating ramen within 15 minutes Area: Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Sakaisuji-Hommachi, Exit 8 Their main menu is very limited. Only three, four items on menu. I don’t know if I can… Continue reading RAPAS WADACHI

Baikaisai

Baikaisai 梅花祭 Date: February 25th Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Cost: ¥1,500. Only 3,000 tickets sold. Place: Kitano Temmangu Area: Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Baikaisai 梅花祭, held every February 25th, is a special event where maiko and geiko from the Kamishichiken geiko district perform tea ceremonies for 3,000 guests in Kitano Temmangu’s plum blossom grove. It’s very… Continue reading Baikaisai

Ten’gyan

Name: Ten’gyan 天狗庵 Cuisine: Ramen, mazesoba Soup base Niboshi Heaviness Light あっさり Noodles Thick, flat Cost: ¥ (~¥1,000) Bargain: Good Size: Small; 11 seats Area: Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City Station: Kamishinjo Station Passing by, I saw that Ten’gyan has ‘Taiwan mazesoba’, a style of mazesoba which is basically mazesoba topped with nira chives and spicy ground pork, so I decided to try it… Continue reading Ten’gyan

Pane-Pane

Name: Pane-Pane パーネ・パーネ Cuisine: Bakery – melon bread Cost: ¥ (¥140) Bargain: Cheap Payment: Cash Size: N/A Wait: People usually finish eating ramen within 15 minutes Area: Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nippombashi Station, Exit 5 Here’s a quick review. A coworker told me that this tiny shop sells great melon bread. I was in the area so I decided to check… Continue reading Pane-Pane

Awaji-Shima Burger

Name: Awaji-Shima Burger 淡路島バーガー Cuisine: Hamburger Cost: ¥ (¥600+) Bargain: Very Good Payment: Cash Size: Tiny; 6 counter seats Wait: 15+ minutes Area: Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan Station: JR Nishinomiya This is one of foodie friend’s favorite burger place in Japan. To him, it’s the best burger in Kansai or, maybe even, in Japan. I was finally able to try it with… Continue reading Awaji-Shima Burger