酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai

I went to 酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai. It’s located in a narrow street to the right of JUMBO pachinko. (You’ll see tourists lining up to go to the smaller Daruma). I thought the kushi katsu at Sake no Ana was much better than more famous places like Tengu and Daruma. UnlikeContinue reading “酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai”

Kasetaniya 1956-2018 [closed] 綛谷屋酒店

  by Matt Kaufman. All photos by Ross Randles Everyday from Monday to Saturday, at around 4:30, with the exception of Sunday and national holidays, Seinosuke Kasetani, 94 and Toshiko Kasetani, 83, can be seen outside preparing to open their liquor shop, Kasetaniya Saketen, which has been in the neighborhood since 1956 on the cornerContinue reading “Kasetaniya 1956-2018 [closed] 綛谷屋酒店”

A Random Glossary of Useful Drinking Terms in Japan

A Drinkers Guide to Useful Drinking Terms in Japan* *Work in progress. by Matthew M. Kaufman Tachinomiya (立ち飲み屋 )a standing bar. Kakuuchi (角打ち)A combined liquor store and bar that sells canned and simple bar food. You usually can take cans and bottles of  out of the refrigerator and drink them at the bar. Whiskey andContinue reading “A Random Glossary of Useful Drinking Terms in Japan”

難波マルフクMarufuku (Namba)

by Matt Kaufman Located across the street from Bic Camera. Cross the Sennichimae and walk into the shotengai. Turn right at the takoyaki restaurant with the red awning . Marufuku is the third restaurant down. The master is a very friendly guy from the Philippines who has lived in Osaka for 30 years. Marufuku specializesContinue reading “難波マルフクMarufuku (Namba)”

Stand Takachiho スタンド 高千穂

by Matt Kaufman Stand Takachiho is a popular little spot at the end of the Sanno Shotengai that attracts a mixed crowd of all ages. It’s a family owned business run by a delightful purple haired mama in her 80s. I was surprised that Takahiro has only been in business for two years. It seemsContinue reading “Stand Takachiho スタンド 高千穂”

Hitomi Saketen 人見酒店 in Ebie

by Matt Kaufman I’ve been meaning to come to this place in Ebie for 3-4 years. It was closed the first rime I went with a few friends after drinking around Noda Hanshin Station. Went there the other day and it was fantastic! 300 yen Kirin beer (not happoshu) in a nice sized glass. ChuhaiContinue reading “Hitomi Saketen 人見酒店 in Ebie”

Ichifuku (Takoyaki/Ikayaki) 一富久 Destination Hanazono Part 2

by Matt Kaufman Address:大阪府 大阪市西成区 花園南 1-9-31  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Hanazono 1-9-13 Tel: 06-6657-0225   Open: Wednesday to Sunday. 11;00-19:30. Open on National Holidays. Closed Mon, Tues Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 10 minutes Type: Takoyaki, Ikayaki Founded: 1958 Beer: Asahi Super Dry Can ¥300 yen with set.  Continue reading “Ichifuku (Takoyaki/Ikayaki) 一富久 Destination Hanazono Part 2”

DESTINATION HANAZONO (Part I)

by Matt Kaufman Tamayu Ramen Tengaiten (タマユラメン天外天) AKA 博多ラーメン天外天 Address: 大阪府大阪市西成区松1-2-13  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Matsu 1-2-13 Open: Everyday from 11;30-14:00,  18:00-05:00) Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 6 minutes Type: Chinese Restaurant Founded: ? Beer: Asahi Super Dry Medium Bottle: 500 yen       I decided to set off in searchContinue reading “DESTINATION HANAZONO (Part I)”

Kuise Station (Hyogo) & Chibune Station (Osaka)

by Matt Kaufman 12.30.2017 I took the train from Hanshin Namba (which I had no idea existed until today), towards Amagasaki and changed trains for the Umeda line at Daimotsu.  I got off one stop later at Kuise Station. The entire ride took 20 minutes, much shorter than expected, but I managed to finish readingContinue reading “Kuise Station (Hyogo) & Chibune Station (Osaka)”

Tanakaman Saketen 田中萬酒店

by Matt Kaufman Visited Tanakaman Saketen (田中萬酒店) in Nishinakajima Minamigata last month. The mama has been running it for 55 years. She said I was the first foreigner to set foot in the place, but her son corrected her: There was a drunken NOVA teacher who stumbled in back in the 90s. Get off atContinue reading “Tanakaman Saketen 田中萬酒店”