Teaching English at Smith’s School of English Fukushima (英会話福島)classrooms offers me the opportunity to meet and talk to many Japanese people of all age groups. One of our favourite topics is food. Japanese food has always been dear to me, the massive array is impressive and the preparation often expert. Be it family home cooking or five star eating at some of Japan’s best restaurants I love it all. Of course living in Osaka gives me heaps of chance to eat well. The residents of Osaka are proud of their food to the point that Osaka is rightly nick named “Food Heaven” and as a matter of fact right now is a great time to try out some of Osaka’s best dishes.
It’s not that well known however Osaka is the only Japanese city to participate in the world renowned food festival known as “Délice Food Week”. Perhaps once Osaka joined all the other cities of Japan were not game to join in with the “Network of Good Food Cities Worldwide” and support all the countries of the world in this annual International event.
Here in Osaka 36 restaurants will participate in this years event which runs from February 24th until March 11th. They will serve foods which have been voted to best represent the region. Naturally here in Osaka we can expect to see Tako yaki, Okonomiyaki and Kitsune Udon served however this gourmet festival goes much farther than these three. Check out the link to the PDF showing the list of restaurants and the foods they serve. The PDF is written in Japanese however in this case a picture truly paints a thousands words. And one word to descrive everything on the file is – Delicious.
Should you find you have some spare time take a look around Osaka city and visit some of these restaurants. Given you can get in easily you will be able to enjoy any number of cuisines at the participating restaurants. I know I will be out there eating to support the event! Firstly, I am going to take the 10 minute walk from my little English Conversation school in Fukushima over to Herbis Osaka to visit Salon de The LUPICIA and eat until I am T.T.T – (Tummy Touching Table).
Come on out and join me!