By Luc Gougeon
Sushi Katsu is located right next to Kurashiki Chuo Hospital. The two are closely related in my mind since a sushi Katsu bento was the first thing I ate after my wife gave birth. It took a year, but I finally visited the restaurant that made that unforgettable bento box.
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By Luc Gougeon
Yamau coffee stand is located right the heart of the Bikan historical area of Kurashiki a short distance from Ivy Square and the Ohara Museum.
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On my way back from the Bikan historical area of Kurashiki, I stumbled upon Chat Orange, a tiny little shop selling banh mi, bagel and hot wine. The combination might be a little bit odd,however, I ordered a banh mi out of pure curiosity.
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Kirakuen 喜楽園 is a busy ramen shop in the Mizushima area of Kurashiki. I’ve driven near this shop for the better without ever noticing it.
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Ichiban Shokuji Dokoro or 一番食事処 is located in Mizushima part of Kurashiki. The shop name means “the best place to eat” They serve Hakata style ramen and it was recommended by somebody who is from Kyushu. If you are familiar with the area, it’s located a minute from the Tsutaya movie rental shop.
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Tairyuken (大龍軒) is an old Chinese restaurant located in Kurashiki. The restaurant is only a few minutes from my house, but this is really out of the way if you are not from the Mizushima or Tamashima area.
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百万両 本店 （ひゃくまんりょう）Hyakuman Ryou ramen is an old shop located in the Tsurajima part of Kurashiki. Despite being a short distance from my house, it’s my first visit to this very popular shop.
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I noticed Osteria e Bar Otto a little while ago when I stopped at the Usagiya stationery store (It’s located right next door). This modern restaurant is a short distance from the Kurashiki Aeon Mall.
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Imagine yourself sitting on the couch watching TV with your family and suddenly, the roar of a motorbike and the music of Elvis Presley gets everyone attention. In my area of Kurashiki, the music of Elvis Presley means only one thing: pongashi.
Pongashi is a simple snack made with rice and sugar.
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Ishiharu udon is a small shop located between Kojima and Tamano city. It’s technically on the Kojima side on a very narrow side road so small that you will miss it if you blink, but rest assured, it’s worth the u-turn.
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Misokatsu is one of these places that I walked by for many years without even noticing it. It is located right in the heart of Kurashiki between the train station and the historical area of Bikan. The restaurant is quite small and cosy.
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Tamashima is right across from the bridge where I live and when I found out that a new pizza shop opened right next to the Marunaka grocery store, I pressed my wife to make a reservation at Pizza Liberta.
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