Orlando Matkin

For Orlando Matkin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ramen shop brings a taste of tonkotsu to Himeji

Nov 30, 2007

Ramen shop brings a taste of tonkotsu to Himeji

Noodle bars in Japan — especially those serving cheap, quick bowls of ramen (egg noodles) — play a key part in catering to the inebriated, just as kebab shops do in my native England. Twenty or so years ago, eating ramen was a predictable ...

Raising a glass to Sake Day in Kobe — with mom

Sep 28, 2007

Raising a glass to Sake Day in Kobe — with mom

Where better to loosen the jowls in preparation for Nihonshu No Hi (Sake Day) on Oct. 1 than Hyogo, the prefecture that is home to more sake breweries than any other? Hyogo’s capital is Kobe, and there are few drinking dens in the city ...

Eating more than your fill in Osaka

Sep 7, 2007

Eating more than your fill in Osaka

Kuidaore! (Eat till you drop!) goes the old maxim about Osaka. The imperative tone of this statement seems perfectly in tune with the brashness of the culture here. So as a newcomer to Kansai, after a life spent between Kanto and Britain, kuidaore is ...