My family celebrated the okuizome ceremony for my son at the Ginza restaurant in Yorishima, Okayama. Okuizome is the first symbolic meal served when a baby is 100 days old.
For some reason, I never covered the ryokan scene on this blog, but some of the best food I ate in Japan was served in ryokan (japanese traditional inns). Hakkei which located in the onsen town of Yubara in Okayama Prefecture is both a good place to enjoy a warm onsen and eat great food.
If you happen to be anywhere near the Sasaoki area of Kurashiki, Yashi is the perfect place to eat a decent tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet). If you are a bit familiar with Kurashiki, Sasaoki is the area near the big Edion electronic store.
I once read that a wise foodie in Japan should always try to eat products prepared as close as possible to the source, well, when it comes to tuna, you can’t go wrong with Katsuragi which is right next to the commercial tuna harbour of Katsuura in Wakayama Prefecture.
I found Ten to Ten or in Japanese てん to てん on the very popular Tabelog website where it earned the first place in the lunch/café section for the year 2013. Tabelog is a very popular site in Japan and when you make it to first place, you can expect a horde of foodies to come down to your place.
We braved the wind and the rain to get to Habu Shokudou which is located right inside to the main gate of Naha harbour. This place is not on the regular tourist trail, but make the hike, you won’t regret it. I also suggest you go there on an empty stomach, you might even consider skipping a couple of meals before you visit Habu Shokudou. You will see why really soon.
The car navigation was telling me to turn left but I was starting to have strong doubts. I knew that Tofu no Higa was a small restaurant, but I could not imagine it was in the middle of a field just outside the center of Ishigaki city.
Katsudon Nomura is just a short walk away from Okayama Station and I have to thank my friend Brian for bringing me to this porky delicious restaurant. Katsudon or deep fried pork cutlet is quite common in Japan, so it’s always a pleasure to find a place that makes this seemingly simple dish very well.
Nara is one of these places that almost every school children in Japan goes to visit at one point and it’s a must see. On our first night in Nara we decided to go the locavore way with a friend who was born in Nara and went to Awa in Naramichi which is famous for using the best Yamato vegetables and meat. Yamato is the old name of Nara.
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.
Yoroi Tempura is located in a residential area of Okayama between two busy streets and it’s one of these places where you feel like you are lucky to be eating such great food in such a secretive spot. Somehow, Japan is not a place where location is key, if the food is that good, people will just get there. By the way, yoroi means armor in English.
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.