Shirasu Shukodo at Shirasu Park

Shirasu or whitebait is something better eaten fresh and there is no better place than the the Sadamisaki peninsula in Ehime Prefecture to try this tiny little transparent baby fish.   Sadamisaki is a long narrow peninsula extending toward Kyushu Island and quite a nice drive on route 197.

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Tooth Tooth Maison Kyu Kobe Kyoryuchi 15th

I ended up at Tooth Tooth Maison when my plan to visit E.H. Bank  restaurant in Kobe fell short because some rich bastards had rented the whole place for a wedding party.   I scanned the street and spotted this beautiful renovated house which turned out to be the new headquarter of the Tooth Tooth pastry empire.

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551 Horai

The Chinese food restaurants and counters 551 Horai or go go ichi are closely associated in my mind with the pleasure of visiting Osaka or the Kansai area. It’s pretty much a given, if I go to Osaka, I eat a 551 nikuman, but somehow I had never eaten at their flagship store in the Ebisubashi shopping arcade which is the extension of the famous Shinsaibashi-Suji.

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Funamachi Akashi-Yaki

Tacoyaki was probably one of the first thing I ate when I arrived in Japan and I can still picture myself drinking a big sip of beer to cool down my mouth and wash away my first taste of katsuo bushi.  Let’s just say that tacoyaki is growing on me and I was ready to try the famous Akashi-Yaki.

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Toraya Confectionery Kyoto

Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky  sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.

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