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

Mazura is a hazy paradise for 1970s salarymen

| Apr 24, 2015

Mazura is a hazy paradise for 1970s salarymen

Now that washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) is part of the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, the next step is to make the nation’s kissaten (tea and coffee shops) part of the world’s tangible cultural heritage before they disappear. Mazura, in Osaka’s Umeda district, definitely deserves ...

Twenty years of 'Riverdance' and it's never been out of step

Mar 26, 2015

Twenty years of 'Riverdance' and it's never been out of step

“Riverdance” is returning to Japan. Twenty years on from its debut as an interval in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the Irish step-dancing show that revamped and massively expanded the genre’s global appeal is returning to Japan for its sixth tour. It’s hard ...

Beating the cliches on Italian food

| Mar 24, 2015

Beating the cliches on Italian food

Judging by the staggering number of Italian and French restaurants in Japan it would be hard to call which European cuisine is more popular: perhaps both, equally. But this cuts both ways. In the West, Asian restaurants are on every corner. Even in the ...

Cool and casual at Osaka's Garb Monaque

| Mar 24, 2015

Cool and casual at Osaka's Garb Monaque

Garb Monaque, a cafe, bar and restaurant, occupies a funky building — think of a birdcage that’s been twisted at both ends — between Osaka Station and Grand Front Osaka, two playgrounds devoted to conspicuous consumption. And the funkiness doesn’t end with the building’s ...