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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.

Partly thanks to fierce competition between companies and partly thanks to Japan’s love of seasonal, regional or otherwise unusual food there are probably more weirdly flavoured Japanese snacks than it’s possible to eat in a lifetime.
Of course most of these are just fun unusual flavours, cheesecake flavoured KitKats, watermelon flavoured Pepsi or even savoury sour plum flavoured pretzels. The kind of thing that brightens your day while you’re doing the shopping. Some however, some just make you stare. You take a moment, look at the snack again, but nope someone really did decide to make Sapporo Beer Flavoured Caramel.
Join us on a trip down the Top 5: Strange Japanese Snack Flavours, climbing the heights of Japan’s oddest, weirdest… and even most delicious confectionery and treats.

Japan is a land of unorthodox teachers, strange floating babies and Ronald McDonald’s extended family….. or so you may be forgiven for thinking after watching this batch of Japan Centre’s favourite Japanese TV commercials. We’ve trawled Youtube and compiled with what we think are our 5 favourite commercials or commercial series of recent times. Prepare to be amused, enchanted or maybe even a little bit frightened!
I remember being slightly disappointed when I first arrived in Japan and thinking “Huh, you mean Japanese people don’t eat sushi every day?” Of course I realised after that it would be the same as thinking British people only ever eat fish and chips and scones every day! Despite sushi being one of my main reasons for being interested in Japan, it took another week or two after arriving before I even had a chance to eat some. The reason was because Japanese cuisine is so much more than just raw fish… there is a huge variety of amazing Japanese food, including some of the world’s most super gourmet foods.
Continuing on from our Top 5: Weirdest Japanese Food, follow Japan Centre as we check out our Top 5: Super Gourmet Japanese Food.
Bizarre, disgusting, gross, an ‘acquired taste’… all completely valid ways to describe some of these Japanese delicacies, but ‘weird’ is definitely one suitable word that comes to mind! Being British and coming from a country that is internationally recognised as having rather bland cuisine, this Japanese food can certainly seem a little intense for my taste. Of course, that’s not to say that they aren’t delicious, just… different!
Read on to find out what we at Japan Centre think are the top 5 weirdest Japanese food!