A Quick Guide to Osaka’s Hipster Town

There is no Japanese word for ‘hipster’, which, ironically, is about as hipster as you can get. The closest you’ll find to the Western pejorative here is “ultra individual” (超個性的) or “one who loves novelty” (新しがり屋). But there is a term for the stuff hipsters love to buy. Zakka (雑貨) refers to all those miscellaneous items you’d find in Urban Outfitters – the ones…

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Osaka’s Instant Ramen Museum

Like most South Africans, I grew up snacking on Maggi Two Minute Noodles. Before the contamination scares and poison scandals and MSG controversy, the instant ramen favourite was a quick, tasty treat that took care of hunger pangs when our parents were away. It was only as I got older (and subsequently wiser) that I began to realise the nutritious…

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