The small town of Iga in Mie Prefecture is famous for its ninja museum which attracts legion of little ninjas and nostalgic foreigners. I was also promised a great sukiyaki and Kanaya meat shop was just what I needed after a visit to the ninja museum and Iga castle.
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The area around Yoshino in Nara Prefecture is famous for kuzu, a starch made from Japanese arrowroot. Morino Yoshino-Kuzu Honpo has been making kuzu powder and sweets since 1616 and it is a must eat if you are anywhere near Nara.
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Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture is probably one if the most sacred shinto site in Japan and it also has one of my favorite sweet, the famous Akafuku.
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Tofu gets a bad reputation with reasons since the stuff we can find in supermarket is often bad and tasteless. But if you happen to be visiting Nara, you are in luck my friend, Kondou Tofu restaurant in the Naramachi neighborhood is the place that will change your mind forever.
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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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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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My quest for great yakiniku has recently taken me just outside of Okayama City to Myondon yakiniku. The restaurant was recommended to my wife and we finally made it to Setocho which is more than an hour drive from where I live in Kurashiki.
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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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Who the hell goes to a piggish dinner at 4h30 PM? Apparently, there is a shit load of people who aren’t phased by the early hours in this deep suburb of Osaka.
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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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It somehow took me 4 years and countless trips to Kobe to finally eat the famous Kobe beef and it was a hell of a nice experience.
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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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