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Old and New


Some of you might remember this post I wrote about the Sky Umeda Building in Osaka. Briefly, it’s an ultra modern building — actually, it’s two towers connected at the very top by a bridge/platform. The building was cool but what I was really excited about was the “food court” in the basement. My guidebook advertised it as a bunch of restaurants tucked into traditional village (sanwo) style alleys.

Down one of the walkways of the Sky Umeda "food court."

Indeed, it was pretty much the neatest food court I’ve ever visited. I was also relieved that it wasn’t hokey in any way, and that the clientele were mostly Sky Umeda office workers, not tourists or foreigners. It was tough to decide on a restaurant — all of them seemed really good, but I ended up going to Miyake, a place that served bento boxes and traditional Japanese lunches.

Entrance to Miyake

I ordered one of the lunch specials: grilled fish, served with pickles, eggs, tiny fish, “shiny sour mushroom thing” (seriously, that’s what my notes say), rice, salad, and miso soup. All for about $9. I was so very happy after this meal — it was exactly what I wanted.

My most excellent and tasty lunch. (Rice and soup not pictured.)

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

3 thoughts on “Old and New

  1. Oh boy everything looks wonderful!

  2. Wow, that looks like a really cool place to check out! I’m putting this on my to-visit list! 😀 Thanks!

  3. if our food courts were like this I might even go to a mall-not really, but I would definitely go to a food court;)

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