A Traditional Japanese Breakfast

What do Japanese people traditionally eat for breakfast in Japan?

Many Japanese these days eat a more western breakfast with eggs, toast, and coffee. However, if you’re at Japanese inn or hospital or something you may get something more traditional, like this.

Photo of Japanese Breakfast
Photo of Japanese Breakfast

So what’s in this photo:

  • White rice
  • Natto (a dish of fermented soybeans, hated by many, loved by some)
  • Kiwi
  • Kiriboshi Daikon (cut dried radish)
  • Miso soup
  • Pickled (shibazuke pickles)
  • Saba (mackerel)
  • Yogurt
  • Mugicha (barley tea)
  • Gobou (burdock root) and Renkon (lotus root) with Mayonnaise

Cook it up! Might be fun!


Raging Bulls – a Print and Play Board Game

Here’s a fun print and play board game called Raging Bulls by Mark Tuck that really only needs a single sheet of paper to enjoy.

Raging Bulls Logo
Raging Bulls by Mark Tuck (2017)

Ideally, you’ll have paper, a pencil, three six-sided dice (3d6), and a straight edge — but you can totally play this using virtual online dice and you can free-hand the lines if you’re without.

The story is that there are all these angry bulls in a field causing trouble. You need to build fences isolating them from each other, and from the rest of the world.

This is a game of chucking dice, making decisions, and pressing your luck a bit. As you play your options become more and more restricted and it becomes quite the little puzzle. It’s broken up into four boards, each one getting slightly more difficult than the next. Your final score is your combined score across all four boards. It’s definitely worth a try at the low low price of one piece of paper!

You can find virtual dice online easily, and there is even this virtual graph paper if you want to try to play on your computer.

Here is a nicely done YouTube review that explains how to play Raging Bulls.

How to play Raging Bulls by Marco Arnaudo

Also, the folks at Shut Up and Sit Down mentioned it in a round up of quality print and play games.

Raging Bulls starts at the 5:18 mark.

Give it a try! Stretching your brain a bit to learn the rules to a new game is healthy, and hey, this might be fun!

Day Trips from Osaka: Church of the Light

Sometime in 2007 I took a short trip outside of Osaka city to visit one of architect Tadao Ando’s works, The Church of Light, at Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church in Ibaraki. It’s less than one hour from Osaka station, so it’s an easy day trip.

Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, Church of the Light

The inside of the main chapel is striking with the cross-shaped cutout in the back wall that illuminates the hall in natural light. The rest of the building is bare concrete walls that is frankly cold and utilitarian.

Organ at Church of the Light
Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, not much from the outside

When I visited in 2007 the church happened to be having a market. I do not know if they still hold this or how often so your mileage may vary. Try contacting the church via their official website listed below if you are interested.

Church market that happened to be on during my visit in 2007

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If your’e in Osaka and looking for something a bit off the usual tourist path, make a reservation to visit Church of the Light! Might be fun!