Akashiyaki in Kobe

Akashiyaki are similar to Takoyaki (Octopus inside a dough ball) except they are not accompanied by any sauce. They come served well aligned on a wooden plank and are dipped in soup before eating. This dish gets its name from the city of Akashi in Hyogo prefecture. I used to call them Kobe Takoyaki soup before I did my education (check this blog to learn about awesome food from Osaka Kobe and Kyoto). Here Ayako and friends demonstrate how to eat Akashiyaki, best served with a large glass of Japanese beer!

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Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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