The U.S. South Is Japan in Disguise

Okay, well, some things about the South and Japan remind me of each other, such as people not always saying what they mean or meaning what they say. But here’s further proof:

My nephew, an upstanding young Southern gentleman, just posted this picture of a delicacy that he supped on in an establishment known as Kooky Canuck.

Kooky Canuck ice cream balls

The Avalanche from Memphis's Kooky Canuck

When I first saw it, I was sure he was eating a giant-sized serving of Osaka’s popular street food takoyaki–pan-fried octopus balls drizzled with savory sauce and mayonnaise. The dripping red sprinkles even look like the red pickled ginger strips that go on takoyaki.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki from an Osaka Roadside Stand


Equally disgusting looking, equally delicious in a down-home kind of way. What do you think, does Memphis = Osaka coated in lots of sugar?

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About July McAtee

American gal turned Japanese "salaryman" for a while. I'm blogging my experiences as my daughter and I move from Silicon Valley to Japan and beyond.
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