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エイリアン、地球を行く

Alien, the traveler on the earth

Takoyaki in Dotonbori, Osaka (Nihonichi Otako, Tako Hachi, Kukuru, and Achichi Honpo)

Wel...It's me, Alien. 

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Glico guy. 

 

 

 

 

Alien moved to Osaka, Japan, for some reason.

Alien am surronded by Osaka dialect everyday. 

 

 

 

 

Let's explore a very Osaka place first. 

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Alien came to Dotonbori, a famous street in Osaka. Very crowded. 

 

 

 

This is Kani Doraku, a famous crab restaurant. 

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A walk-to-eat crab legs? Surprising. 

 

 

This is Mr. or Ms. Kanipon, Kanidoraku mascot. 

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Very friendly crab. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien must say hello to Mr. Kuidaore Taro, an Osaka icon. 

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Hello this is Alien. Nice to meet you.

Alien will stay in your Osaka. 

 

 

 

What? 

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Free one ningyoyaki (small pound cake) if Alien show a photo with Mr. Taro? 

 

 

Alien showed a photo and got a ningoyaki!  

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Freshly-baked. Yum. 

 

 

 

 

Wow Mr. Taro has his own shop. 

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Oh...Alien must check it. 

 

 

 

A variety of socks. 

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Powerful designs. 

 

 

Mr. Taro T-shirts. 

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Only in Osaka (in Osaka dialect)... What a cool T-shirt...

 

 

Mr. Taro files. 

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Wow... he looks like a super star... Cool... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, Alien want to eat takoyaki. Takoyaki is one of the most popular foods in Osaka!

Alien tried four takoyaki places a guy at information corner recommended. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien went to "Nihonichi Otako(Japanese No.1 Big Octopus)" first. 

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A long line. 

 

 

This place is popular! They always cook takoyaki so their takoyaki is always fresh. 

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Great cook. 

 

This place puts big octopus in takoyaki, as their name shows. 

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Looks yummy. 

 

 

Let's eat. 

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Fresh and very hot. Melts in mouth.

A big piece of octopus in each ball. Feel like Alien eat octopus, not takoyaki. 

Their sauce isn't too sweet and bestows favors on octopus. Yum yum. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien went to "Tako Hachi (Octopus Eight)" next. 

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A wait line as well.  

 

 

They also serve freshly-cooked takoyaki. 

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Alien enjoyed conversation with the guys while they were making takoyaki. 

 

 

Let's eat. 

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Wow this takoyaki melts! Strong flavor of soup stock with a few flavor of leek and pickled ginger. Alien enjoyed good flavors of batter. Yum yum.

They use copper plates while many other takoyaki places use iron plates. 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's have more. Alien went to "Kukuru." 

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There was a looong wait line for "to-go" takoyaki. 

 

 

Alien went to their eat-in space. 

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Same price. Let's not wait outsite and eat here. 

 

 

Alien ordered their plain takoyaki. 

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650 yen (about 6.5 US dollars). A bit pricey compared to other places. 

 

 

Alien put sauce and toppings. Let's eat. 

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Alien felt a lot of eggs in it. It was like an omlet. Not melting but fluffly. 

Strong soup flavor and fresh octpus. 

Their sauce is a bit sweeter than other places. Alien liked it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien went to "Achichi Honpo." 

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A long wait line as well. 

 

 

Popular places are always busy and serve freshly-cooked takoyaki. Worth for waiting. 

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Great cook. 

So many foreign visitors are at this place. It may be introduced in guidebooks or something for foreign tourists. 

 

 

 

Let's eat. 

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They asked if Alien want leeks (and Alien said yes). This is probably because some foreign visitors don't like leeks. Pickled-gingers are also on side, not cooked togeter in takoyaki. 

Their takoyaki don't melt as ones in other places. Fresh octopus in it. 

Their sauce is not sweet, which is unique in Alien's opinion. 

 

 

 

 

This is Mr. Elmo, standing at corner of their eat-in space. 

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…Alien don't want to see you in Alien's dream... 

 

 

 

 

K.