Delighting in the many exotic flavors of Japan

Convectional Wisdom

GOODIES GALORE— Steamed sponge cakes, called momiji manju, are shaped like Japanese maple leaves and come with all kinds offillings. Courtesy of Darleen Principe

It’s Sunday night in Dotonburi, the center of nightlife in Osaka, Japan, and I am still jet-lagged.

As I walk through the crowded main street for the first time, distracted and slightly overwhelmed by the sight of giant illuminated billboards and a huge plastic octopus, a familiar smell wafts in the air and forces me to turn my he...

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