January 14, 2011

Nara and Osaka, Japan

Osaka has been the town where Mr Scandi Foodie spent the most time when he was visiting Japan as a kid. Thus, he had a lot of good memories of different places and we really enjoyed spending time with his relatives in Osaka.

There is definitely a different kind of atmosphere in Osaka compared to Tokyo, and the food is different too: in Osaka the food tends to be more "Kansai-type", more hearty and there are some dishes that we saw in Tokyo everywhere but were hard to spot in Osaka. Okonomiyaki is everywhere, and you must try them while in town! The okonomiyaki we tried came with all sorts of toppings: from salami to oysters, prawns and even spaghetti!

From Osaka, we did an overnight trip to Nara where we attended a historical festival and admired the Todaiji temple which is the largest wooden structure in the world. This town is also known for its deer and there are certainly many of them around!

The colourful outfits from different historical periods at the festival in Nara

Oden (a soup with fish cakes, daikon, boiled egg and konnyaku) and Zenzai (rice cake in green tea with red beans) were exactly what we needed after standing in the cold all day!

Festival food included these jumbo okonomiyaki, they were huge!

The freshest mochi; we watched them making these and they were delicious!

We enjoyed the most creative meal with my partner's relatives. Truly a one's in a life time experience! A multiple course dinner consisted of small dishes of fish, vegetables and tofu.

A little snowman made out of burdock, with skiis and all!

Sake with fugu fin is a must try when visiting Japan

We really had a lovely time in Osaka: great people, great food!