Adventures in Japan – Osaka

on Food, Motherhood, Travel  

A home style cooking class was one of our highlights in Osaka. We caught the train out to meet Osaka local Naoko, who was inspired by a cooking class in New Zealand and now shares the techniques of everyday Japanese cooking from her home.

Mum, dad and baby in stroller with tofu seller at market
They make tofu here early each morning
Man and woman cooking in kitchen
Cooking in Naoko’s kitchen

Rice balls, fried lotus, grilled salmon and konyakku

Mum, dad and baby in front of table of Japanese food

2 okonomiyaki on hot grillJapanese woman holding crying babyMochi and green tea

We first visited her local market (sadly growing smaller as more people choose to shop at supermarkets) for lotus root and handmade tofu. We then went to Naoko’s apartment to make okonomiyaki and various accompaniments. Unfortunately Felix was not keen to nap in the spare room or the travel pram as planned, so we spent most of the lesson and a good part of the meal trying to get him to calm down. But at least the food was great!

Other things we did in Osaka

Seeing whale sharks and jellyfish at Osaka Aquarium.

Mum, daddy and baby in carrier in front of whale shark displayBaby in carrier held by dad, in front of an aquariumWhale shark in aquarium

Eating street food at Kuromon Market and Dotonbori.

Sashimi platterRed baby octopus on a stickMum with baby in carrier, holding a stick of mochiTakoyakiMelon bread with matcha ice creamGiant moving crab in DotonboriBusy Dotonbori street

Going on quests for a decent latte (my fave was Mill Pour, which is also next to a nice bakery; Jeff liked Brooklyn Roasting Co; we also went on a big detour one day to Mel Coffee Roaster which great and very popular!).

Outside of small coffee shopA lovely latte

Catching up with a friend in Amerikamura for lunch and strawberry dessert.

The inside of a cafe with strawberry themed decorStrawberry sundaeTwo women, one holding a baby in a carrier

Admiring Osaka Castle (and eating curry).

Dad holding baby in front of Osaka CastleOsaka CastleA plate of curry

We managed one day trip during our stay in Osaka – a quick one in Kyoto, up next.

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