Cycle 13 – Item 355
26 (Mon) December 2022
(Kansai International Airport)
-Senshukukokita, Sennan, Osaka, Japan-
with the Family
Family Holiday in Japan – Winter 2022 (Day 4)
- Day 1 (13.352 “Rice Bowl with Grilled Chicken & Very Soft Scrambled Eggs”)
- Day 2 (13.353 Crab Bun)
- Day 3 (13.354 Mapo Doufu)
- Day 4 (13.355 Tamago)
In Osaka. Our first overseas vacation together in nearly 3 years, previously UAE in 2019 (see 10.301 Fish Harra). The decision to go and the selection of Osaka, based on the criteria of food and shopping, was made 2 days prior to departure. Staying for 3 nights in Shinsaibashi, with memories of my past trip to Osaka in 2014 (after my very first duty travel for WHO) (see 5.146 Shime Saba Hakozushi).
Kanku Shokudo is a Japanese food court restaurant stall. Specializes in home-style Japanese meals.
Arriving early in the morning at KIX (Kansai International Airport) for our noon flight back to Korea, we had some time for breakfast before check-in, and I was in the mood for ramen.
When I saw what Kanku Shokudo had to offer, I changed course (even though I still would’ve preferred ramen).
I was blown away, not by the food itself, which was okay, but by the humble audacity of it. I mean, who but the Japanese would have such confidence in their cuisine, at even the most basic level, to serve such modest foods at such a high profile international airport?
Wondering if this had anything to do with Michelle Zauner naming her band Japanese Breakfast. I read her book Crying in H Mart with immense enjoyment and respect, and it’s a lot about food, and dealing with a difficult mother, in a Korean-American context – which kinds sums up my life – and yet for some reason I’ve yet to mention it on GMTD.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN JAPAN)