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Kuromon Ichiba – “Osaka’s Kitchen”


Kuromon Ichiba street market is a long stretch of locally owned shops and food stands that runs through the center of Osaka. Especially famous for great meat and seafood, this street market is a Japanese food lover’s heaven!

Kuromon Ichiba Street Market

What’s your favorite Japanese food? Chances are, you’ll find it in Kuromon Ichiba Street Market – a 580m street that’s also known as “Osaka’s Kitchen.” This market is a popular tourist spot because it’s only 5 minutes from the Nippombashi subway exit, and it offers some of the best meat and seafood in all of Osaka! It’s a Japanese food lover’s heaven!

Posted by Japanese Language & Culture on Saturday, April 21, 2018


Kuromon Ichiba has over 170 years of history and tradition. Until the end of the Meiji Era, the market was actually called the Emmeji Market, named for the nearby Emmeiji Temple. The large temple was headed by a large black gate, and thus the market’s name was changed to “Kuromon Ichiba” market or “black gate” market.

The food stalls were traditionally catered toward local businesses owners and chefs of restaurants, and although that still makes up over half of the market’s sales, these days, Kuromon Ichiba also caters strongly towards visiting tourists. While some of the shops are big and commercial, the vast majority of them are mom-and-pop family run businesses.

As you walk down the 580-meter street, you can find an endless selection of fresh meat, seafood, vegetables, and more being sold at the front of stores. In fact, Kuromon Ichiba is now nationally known, and affectionately called “Osaka’s Kitchen” and “Gastronome.”

What You Can Eat


A large number of shops at Kuromon Ichiba sell fresh, local meat. You can see giant cases displaying uncooked meat for you to buy and take home. You can also pick …continue reading


How to use なり ( = nari)


= Neko ni wa neko nari no oshiekata ga arun dayo.

= A cat has its own way of teaching.


= Minna, genki?

= How are you doing?

Today’s guest teacher is Câlin-sensei from France. He has been taking my Skype lesson and his Japanese is just amazing!

So he is going to teach you one of JLPT N1 level word なり ( = nari)



= Minasan, konnichiwa! Câlin desu.

= Bonjour à tous! Je suis Câlin!

I am going to teach you how to use なり ( = nari) today. It is listed JLPT 1 level but some of the expressions are very useful even for beginners.

1) as soon as you do ~

How to form:

verb dictionary form + なり ( = nari) = as soon as someone did something, ~

Ex. 弟は家に着くなりトイレに駆け込んだ。🚹

= Otouto wa ie ni tsuku nari toire ni kakekonda.

= As soon as my little brother got home, he rushed into the bathroom.

Ex. 友達は私の顔を見るなり「昨日のデートはどうだった?」と聞いてきた。

= Tomodachi wa watashi no kao wo miru nari “Kinou no deeto wa doudatta?” to kiite kita.

= As soon as my friend saw me, he/she asked me “How was your date yesterday?”.

Note: It is similar to V (past tense) + 途端/ とたん ( = totan) but while the verb which comes before なり ( = naru) is a dictionary form, とたん ( = totan) is used with a past tense.

* 着くなり ( = tsuku nari) →着いたとたん ( = tsuita totan)

* 見るなり( = miru nari) →見たとたん ( = mita totan)

2) なり ( = narini) & なり ( = narino) : in one’s own way/ style

* noun / adjective + なり ( = narini) + verb/adjective

:kkk: in one’s own way:

You use this expression …continue reading


tsukiji stakeout

The food that is probably the most emblematic of Japan in western consciousness. We’ve all had a California roll, dabbled in roe (fish egg) or the supremely sea salt-y uni (sea urchin), and established our stance on wasabi as a condiment. But, where does all that fish come from?

A bounty of sushi bowls.

Probably from Tsukiji Market, located in the heart of Tokyo since the early 20th century and featured in at least half a dozen documentaries in the last decade alone. Housed in a massive complex not far from Ginza on one side and Ueno on the other, even fish caught outside of Asian waters comes through Tsukiji. Six days a week, the grounds are utter calamity, motorized vehicles whizzing over puddles of fishy ice water, tourists and wholesalers and locals all scrambling for purchase on narrow paths, braving fish-scented winds and hungry seagulls to get their hands on the day’s best catch.

The daily tuna auction is the market’s most noteworthy feature and the line starts at 4 am to be among the 120 spectators let in.
Moving the market has been on Tokyo’s agenda for some time now, with multiple delays, but with the 2020 Olympics nearing the market will be moved in the fall. This leaves the fate of Tsukiji as a tourist spot, which it was never truly intended to be, uncertain, so I knew I had to see it now.

Friday night, my ever trusted companion Caroline and I set out on the last train out of our local station, somehow managing our journey seamlessly through two more transfers. The last train in Tokyo is always a transcendent experience, utterly different from …continue reading


Week 14 – TUJ Film Festival

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TUJ Film Festival Poster

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Students Take their Seats



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Countdown to the Film Screenings

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A Full House

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Student Announcers

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Watching Student Films

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Intermission for Pizza



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