Those of you who follow me on Twitter would know that I’ve been traipsing around Osaka, Japan for the past two weeks (thankfully missing the big earthquake by minutes–I was on a bus heading for the Kansai airport when everyone’s phone started going off with the earthquake warning). Beautiful city, amazing food and exceedingly well-mannered people. I suppose that’s how you would describe pretty much any town in Japan?
Whenever I head to Japan, it’s always a binging spree, because nowhere in the world does Japanese food better than its homeland! Osaka’s specialties, hot and gooey takoyaki and okonomiyaki, prepared fresh before your very eyes.
Of course, a trip to Universal Studios was in order, if only to see the famed Hogwarts castle. It was ridiculously crowded, but the weather was perfect so who cares if I had to wait an hour and half to get on the scariest roller coaster I’ve ever ridden? Also, Ollivander (the fellow who sold Harry Potter his wand) spoke in Japanese. I was most amused. #homegoals #buildmeacastle
Melt-in-your-mouth uni–all that creamy goodness hidden inside those prickly shells. It was quite interesting watching the store owner crack open the sea urchins and slowly fish out bits of dirt from inside before delivering it to you on a paper plate. My favourite from Kuromon Fish Market however was the ootoro, otherwise known as the fattiest of fatty tuna. So expensive anywhere else in the world, yet never as good as what you get in Japan.
Stay tuned for the next instalment to find out what I got up to in Kyoto, the old capital of this amazing country!