One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish!

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Monday, April 3, 2006

Having stayed here for a few nights now I figured it was about time I explored Osaka itself a little so on a recommendation from a couple of Canadians staying at the hotel I set off towards one of Osaka's main entertainment districts, Dotombori.

Feeling quite hungry once I got there I opted to try some Octopus Balls one of Osaka's popular delicacies from a street vendor. Being handed a box of 6 (dunno why it was not 8) I dug in to find I quite liked them and as with most things new you can't really describe I'll just say they tasted like chicken.

From here I wandered onto America-Mura an area full of import shops selling American import goods and clothes to complement the Japanese's attraction to most things American, although going by the dress sense of many in the area I guessing very few have actually been.

To finish off my culinary experimentation for the day I mustered up the courage to try Fugu or poisonous Blowfish made famous by the classic Simpson's episode were Homer thinks he only has 24 hours to live. I really don't know why you would want to eat something that if prepared wrongly has a 50% chance of killing you but having eating at plenty of take-away kebab shops back in Scotland I doubt the risk is much different.

In order to serve Fugu the chef must be qualified to do so with only a 30% pass rate, I don't know if that is a comfort or not. I choose a small dish of Fugu partly to increase my chances of survival and partly due to cost. On it arriving at my table I pretended to be more interested in sipping my water than trying it as if it was not my first time but the waitress hovering over my shoulder could obviously smell the fear of a Fugu newbie.

On trying my first piece, and not immediately needing to look up the Japanese for "Ambulance!", I soon polished off the rest and again I'll say it tasted like chicken, albeit potentially lethal chicken.
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