Niponica – Nipponia

Since I discovered during my studies that the japanese consulate general in Düsseldorf sends out a magazine, to promote japanese culture,  I made sure to receive every issue and read it with delight as soon as it arrived at my doorsteps (and it’s even free of charge!). The first Issue I read was Nr. 43…

Osaka – where eating is everything part 4

After the Cherry Blossom Boattrip and the short detour to Osaka Castle it was (oviously) again time for lunch and we were led to the New Otani Hotel, where we ate at a very good chinese restaurant. The view on the castle and the cherry blossoms was beautiful and the food delicious. Though I can’t…

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 3

After getting an early start in the morning (and only a quick stop at the breakfast buffet) and a one and a half hour drive to the factory in Shiga the time till lunch passed very quickly and off we went to a nearby golf club. Many japanese people, especially business people, like playing golf…

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 2

The first morning in Osaka started off with the breakfast buffet in one of the Hotel restaurants. Consisting of western and japanese foods alike I was nevertheless surprised to find one of Osakas famous dishes takoyaki being part of the buffet. And they were surpisingly good! I have to say I find that crispy toast…

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 1

Osaka, the third largest town in Japan has a particular image, evident in the saying 京都は着倒れ、大阪は食い倒れ (kyouto ha kidaore, oosaka ha kuidaore) Which can be roughly translated as “Kyoto ruins itself with kimonos, Osaka with good food”. Food and eating is very important in Japan generally, but in Osaka it is the most important. So…