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Osaka is Japan’s good-time city. A frenzy of neon lights and greasy street food, easy-come beer and all night parties, world-class shopping and boisterous locals. It’s everything a metropolis should be and more – alluring, enticing, overwhelming, gritty, vibrant, tough, mysterious… and that’s just the love hotels. Even better, for all you foodies it’s practically heaven on earth. Join Japan Centre as we take a look at our Top 5 Osaka Eats.

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Tanabata is an important Japanese festival held on the 7th day of the 7th month and represents the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, the names of two stars (Vega & Altair) portrayed as lovers who only have a chance to meet once a year.
As with many Japanese festivals, there are lots of traditional customs for Tanabata. The most popular is the custom of writing one’s wishes onto a small strip of paper and then hanging them on a piece of bamboo. The bamboo is then set afloat down a river so that the wishes can be taken away and hopefully come true.
Of course, like other Japanese festivals, tanabata is a great way to celebrate with friends and family and eat some popular Japanese festival foods. During Japanese festivals, the streets are alive with small stalls selling everything from dango mochi balls to takoyaki octopus balls and all number of snacks in between! We know that not everyone can be in Japan during the tanabata festival so instead, Japan Centre has four of the top Japanese festival foods to introduce to you along with some easy to follow recipes so you can make these great tasting dishes at home.

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TAKOYAKI

Takoyaki is a very popular Japanese fast food snack which is made from grilled balls of batter with a small piece of octopus inside. Admittedly, “octopus balls” doesn’t sound amazingly appetizing, but once you try these, you will finally found what has been missing in your life… they really taste that good!

Originating from Osaka, takoyaki is one of the most common foods you will see there, as well as at festivals and special events all over the Japan.

Now you don’t have to wander down the backstreets of Osaka next time you fancy some authentic takoyaki, simply follow our recipe and make yourself this delicious snack at any time.