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5 Best Osaka Ramen Shops – Duck to Chicken Mousse


Here are 5 of the best Osaka ramen shops, from chicken mousse ramen to luxurious duck ramen.

#1 Chukasoba Kazura

This shop is a shining example of Osaka’s burgeoning ramen scene. They’ve only been open since 2015 but are at the top of the charts.

“Dashi Soba”: A reasonable ¥550

The head chef’s background in French cuisine led them to create a frothy chicken ramen. It’s unique feature is a creamy-mousse-like top.


Semi-thick round noodles mop up this foam alongside a sweet shoyu oil. A delicious cut of raw pork is the crowning stroke in this stunning, modern ramen.

Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 16:00 (closed on Sundays)

#2 Jinrui Mina Menrui

Osaka definitely likes their shoyu sweet and this is also apparent in the deeply flavored shoyu ramen at Jinrui Mina Menrui. The name translates as “Human Beings Everybody Noodles”.

Genten (Original) Ramen : ¥864

Chicken in the broth provides a silky richness and clams a taste of the sea. Their noodles are thick and with excellent texture and wheaty aroma.

Noodles made with care

Customize your bowl – 2 thicker 4 thinner menma slices. The same goes for the pork – thick or thin. If thick (as pictured), you’ll feel like a medieval nobleman, receiving 2 gigantic slabs. They’re so divinely soft that they fall apart on the way to your mouth.

Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 23:00 (Every day)

#3 Moeyo Mensuke

Located in the competitive ramen neighborhood of Fukushima, Moeyo Mensuke serves …continue reading


Almost all Japanese like pork

Do you like pork? graph of japanese statistics

Let’s celebrate the Chinese New Year of the pig by a survey from @nifty looking at pigs and their meat.

In Japan the year’s animal is a wild boar rather than a pig, but as far as I am aware wild boar meat (and game in general) is not very popular at all in Japan, despite the massive pig love. In fact (although I’m not going to go back to check) I think pork is the most popular of all these “Do you like…?” questions.

Anyway, for all you bacon fans, bacon doesn’t appear explicitly on the list, in fact in my experience bacon is a rarity, although thinly-sliced fatty belly pork does feature in many dishes here.

Here’s a typical example of the pig-themed mosquito coil holder:

Research results

Q1: Do you like pork? (Sample size=2,283)

Love it 38.8%
Like it 56.2%
Dislike it 3.5%
Hate it 0.6%
Don’t eat it 1.0%

Men and women liked pork in just about equal amounts.

Q2: What pork dishes do you like? (Sample size=2,283, multiple answer)

Male Female
Tonkatsu, pork cutlets 86.3% 66.6%
Shoga yaki, fried with ginger 80.0% 71.9%
Tonjiru, pork miso soup 70.4% 67.1%
Kakuni, braised pork (usually belly) 51.3% 47.2%
Subuta, sweet and sour pork 51.5% 43.0%
Niku jaga, boiled pork and potato 48.1% 39.3%
Nikuman, Chinese steamed bun 44.6% 50.7%
Chashu, stewed pork Chinese style 44.9% 38.5%
Pork curry 45.2% 33.2%
Hoikoro, twice-cooked pork 39.2% 35.0%
Buta shabu, lightly boiled pork strips 35.8% 49.6%
Pork saute 31.9% 29.7%
Butadon, pork-topped rice 32.7% 22.8%
Pork kimchi 21.4% 22.0%
Other 1.7% 3.4%
None in particular 2.6% 3.4%

Q3: Which of the following pork brands do you know of? (Sample size=2,283, multiple answer)

Iberico pork 81.4%
Sangen pork 74.7%
Agu pork 57.2%
Kurobuta/Berkshire pork 46.0%
Kinkaton 45.2%
Yorkshire pork 33.1%
Tokyo X 27.9%
Hakkin (platinum) pork 16%
Awa pork 9%
Landrace pork 4%
Others 2%
None in particular 9%

Q4: What pork cuts do you like? (Sample size=2,283, multiple answer)

Roast 59.4%
Filet 55.1%
Belly 43.1%
Shoulder roast 39.2%
Thigh 24.6%
Shoulder 15.2%
Tontoro, fatty pork from cheek, neck or shoulder 14.1%
Liver 11.4%
Tongue 8.5%
Trotters 8.0%
Heart 7%
Tripe 6%
Ears 5%
Other 2%
None in particular 19%
Don’t eat pork 1.0%

Q5: What products with pig-based motifs do you find cute? (Sample size=2,283, multiple answer)

Male Female
Mosquito coil holder 45.8% 46.9%
Piggy bank 35.2% 39.8%
Cuddly toy 20.9% 28.6%
Room decorations (German good luck pig, etc) 8.5% 14.9%
Pillow, cushion 5.4% 4.5%
Otoshi futa, drop lid 3.5% 12.7%
Stationery (memo pad, etc) 2.3% 6.4%
Other 0.9% 0.8%
None in particular 38.5% 31.8%

The otoshi futa is a bit of …continue reading


[The Journalist] Shines Light on Japan’s Dark Side (film review)

by Kaori Shoji

Shinbun Kisha (The Journalist) is getting great box office and rave reviews, belying the myth that a Japanese movie about newsrooms and politics just won’t cut it. Based on the bestselling autobiography by audacious Tokyo Shinbun (東京新聞) reporter Isoko Mochizuki, The Journalist is a suspense thriller about how the titular woman journalist dared go after the government to unveil conspiracies and cover-ups. Infuriatingly, most of her male colleagues are intent on adhering to the status quo. Alone and isolated, the journalist teams up with a young bureaucrat from ‘Naicho’ – the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office – to expose a government scandal that’s almost an exact reenactment of Prime Minister Abe’s ‘Morikake’ incident.

“All Japan needs is a mere facade of democracy,” goes a line in this movie, implying that the nation neither needs or wants the real deal.

But now, with the House of Councillors election happening on Sunday, politics is on many peoples’ minds, including millennials that had shown zero interest in the past. Tickets in 42 theaters have sold out and the movie’s distributors announced that they will be printing 10,000 new copies of The Journalist pamphlet, as they’ve been selling off the shelves in theaters across Japan. Next week, the two main cast members will appear on stage at a theater in Shinjuku, to take their bows and answer questions from the audience. It looks like politics and newsrooms are a winning combination!

The Journalist is gripping, wrenching and ultimately cathartic, even if the plucky heroine doesn’t oust the evil government agents or get an enormous raise for her efforts. No, what happens is that news hound Erica Yoshioka (played by South Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung), after a series of grueling assignments that require round-the-clock investigating, not to mention the actual writing –gets to …continue reading


Tweet of the Week #40: Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Source: Gaijin Pot
Study Japanese with tweets

Whether it’s “Harry Potter” or “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” the wizarding world has been obsessed with using brooms as a means of transportation since the Middle Ages. I mean, we can see the appeal. It’s cheap, eco-friendly and always comes with a sky view.

However, according to this professor, maintaining your balance, speed and direction would apparently be just like riding a roller coaster the entire way with no hands. Hmm, no thanks.

How do you break the news to your child that broomstick transport is not real?

Parenting isn’t easy when it comes to teaching your little ones the harsh realities of the non-fictional world. Those stories you’ve told them… yeah, they were actually lies. Santa? Oh, he’s the mascot of Coca Cola’s marketing department. Monster in the cupboard? Nah, that’s just a metaphor for hiding your true personality from the world. The tooth fairy? Nothing more than a salesperson encouraging you to save for expensive lifelong dental care.

The answer is: Don’t.

After trying hard for 20 minutes, whispering to himself “witch, fly, witch, fly”, Twitter user @naka’s adorable toddler looked like his dreams had been completely crushed.


— 仲 高宏 (@naka3ws) July 7, 2019


= “Here’s my son after he learned he can’t fly in the sky with a broom. To cheer him up, I told that we’ll buy a better broom for him to try again.”

This father’s instinctive reaction was to do his best to encourage his son. But later reflecting on his blog, Naka conceded that this could have been a lesson on letting go after doing your best. “Life is hard”, he wrote, and “wishful thinking doesn’t make things magically happen”.

However, he concluded that he felt that time spent with his son and keeping the fantasy alive a little longer was …continue reading


Osaka to Tokyo: The Fastest and Cheapest Ways to Get There

Source: Japan Cheapo

Tokyo calling.
Traveling from Osaka to Tokyo is quick and easy, as it’s one of the busiest routes in Japan. The two cities are separated by a distance of approximately 500km, which can be covered by bullet train, highway bus or another type of transport—it all depends on how much time and money you have.
If you’re doing any other domestic travel, buying a Japan Rail Pass is probably your best option, as it gives you unlimited access to the Shinkansen—which you can use to get from one side of the country to the other (and back again) speedily and comfortably. However, if you’re just making a single Osaka to Tokyo trip, a one-way bullet train ticket may prove more economical (select Shin-Osaka as your departing

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