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Tokyo Okonomiyaki

Dining in Tokyo


I love Japan. It is such a beautiful country and so much to see and learn. Most people I met were nice and went out of their way to help out. All my private tour guides were amazing. In this blog, you will find some of the scenes that I write about in The American Outsider. I will continue adding various posts about Japan. I hope that you will enjoy them.

This restaurant is in Asakusa near Sensoji Temple. In the novel, The American Outsider, Toshiro shows Tessa around this area.

My tour guide Masae and I took our shoes off and went upstairs.

On her second day in Tokyo, Tessa is writing to Bruna about how much she loves vegetarian Okonomiyake – a savory Japanese pancake. Here, Masae is adding mayo from a special jar to the Okonomiyake we are sharing. I based my character Akira after Masae because Masae is so down-to-earth and easy going.

The servers were absolutely wonderful.

I was the only gaijin in the restaurant. I don’t recall if they had an English menu. Massae ordered for us.

This restaurant had Horigotatsu – tables that sat low to the ground with a recessed floor underneath it. We sat on Japanese floor chairs and our feet dangled down the recessed floor where there used to be heaters to keep the feet warm during wintertime.

Well, that’s about it for this post. Until next time…

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