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For J.J. O'Donoghue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Que Rico: Bless this tasty Mexican mess

| May 27, 2014

Que Rico: Bless this tasty Mexican mess

In the spirit of creating fashionable statements that promptly wither out of mode (“Orange is the new black,” “Spring is the new summer”), here’s one for the list: In Osaka, “Tenma is the new Fukushima.” The two areas have much in common: Both fan ...

Shiogensui: Ramen worth its salt

| May 27, 2014

Shiogensui: Ramen worth its salt

The shinkansen isn’t the only thing connecting Okayama to Osaka these days. You can add shio (salt) ramen to that list. I had my first bowl of Shiogensui ramen in Soja, Okayama Prefecture. It’s also where I had my second bowl, on another occasion, ...

Café Indépendants

| May 13, 2014

Café Indépendants

You don’t have to be hip to enter Café Indépendants, but it helps. Located in the basement of the old Mainichi Shimbun Kyoto bureau, Indépendants is the kind of cafe frequented by the artsy set. There is a version of this cafe in every ...

Kyoto photography show pushes the frame

Apr 28, 2014

Kyoto photography show pushes the frame

Mars has landed in Japan and is best viewed from a beanbag in the annex of The Museum of Kyoto. “Mars, a Photographic exploration” is the worthy headline event at this year’s Kyotographie International Photography Festival, which brings together remarkable photos of the red ...