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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Pizzeria Cerchio was originally a food truck before they opened their brick and mortar restaurant in Soja city. I once tried their pizza at an event and quite enjoyed it.
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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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Kakouken 華光軒 is an old Chinese restaurant very well hidden in a tiny alley behind Bic Camera. If you come from Okayama Station, the electronic store is located across the street on your left.
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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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Mitchan okonomiyaki has always been one of my favorite in Hiroshima city and the new Miyabi branch located on the 10th floor of the Sogo department store brings this Hiroshima speciality to another level.
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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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When I last visited Fukuoka, the city was taken over by 35 000 members from Lions Club International. The Lions Club could not have picked a better place to hold their meeting. I was in the city for a very short business trip and I decided to try a new ramen shop.
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Fukuoka remains one of my favorite city in Japan and like everywhere, the coffee scene is blooming. During this very short stay, I decided to visit Tokado coffee. Too many coffee shops, not enough time.
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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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