Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see me in all my glory on BBC World News being interviewed by the lovely Lyse Ducet. I am on for my five minutes at 2.45pm UK time, just before nurse comes round with the mid-afternoon medication.
I get to drive through the gates of BBC TV Centre! And this time they actually want me there! Woo-hoo!
There was a great response to my blog post at the Guardian yesterday, still continuing today. The comments seemed to be divided between people who know Osaka and were really glad to have their thoughts confirmed, and those who were really keen to know more and wanted to go. And, of course, the odd nutjob with time on their hands and a gnawing sense of worthlessness, who are always good for a laugh (and, again, were ably dealt with by the grown up visitors to the site).
Anyway, there were calls for photos, so here are some:
Tako yaki stand on Dotonburi.
Appetisers at Kahala, an amazing counter restaurant.
And here is the chef, Yoshifumi Mori, who has stood at this counter for 35 years turning out breathaking Japanese haute cuisine.
Inside Sammy Ebisu Plaza, a kind of 1950s-themed indoor food mall, packed with amazing ramen, okonomiyaki and tako yaki restaurants.
The amazing Dotonburi food street.
The next generation of Japanese chefs, hard at work a the Tsuji Culinary Academy, the largest, most expensive and best cooking school in the world.
I always take oceans of photographs when I am in Japan. I can't help it. There is something worth recording every step of the way. Perhaps that's why the Japanese see the world through a lens. They are so used to amazing things to photograph back home.
Anyway, I thought I'd send out a pot pourhi.. phouri..piuhr.. oh, bugger, an assortment of my stranger photos. So, here you go..
A gigantic tapeworm, preserved for posterity at the Naka Meguro Parasite Museum. A wonderful collection dedicated to the worms and weevils that invade the human body. Seemed to me like lots of the visitors were there on a date, which is odd. Beats TGI Friday though, I guess.
The horticultural equivalent of a Brazilian.
One of Japan's famous megamelons, from Yubari. This is quite a cheap one, actually - around £21.
It's a giant changing room made of teddy bears, what did you think it was?
2CV coffee shop.
You stick in your USB port and it shags your computer. Or, you could get a life I suppose...
That old thing? Oh, that's just a dirty great dried whale's penis, what did you think it was?
One of these is powered by batteries. The other by sugar.
Asger karaokes. It's not until a six year old sings the lyrics to Aqua's Barbie Girl that you realise just how rude they are.
The kind of bar that makes you feel like James Bond.
Just a quick postscript to my post in the Guardian's Word of Mouth blog which was about what might replace sushi in light of declining fish stocks.
Could this be the answer perhaps?
It's chocolate sushi, complete with dipping sauce. I found it in Copenhagen when I was last there. It's made by Summerbird Chokolade, one of the best industrial chocolate producers in the country.
It's a pretty neat gimmick, don't you think? They come in Green Pepper, Ginger, Mandarin and 'Zen' flavours (the latter has a not especially oriental balsamic dipping sauce, contained in the test tube, and really quite horrid actually), and as with everything in Denmark cost around a gadzillion pounds each.
Incidentally, it was really interesting to be on the end of the comments in a national newspaper for the second time in a month. Despite the fairly innocuous nature of the post there was quite a tsunami of them. I wasn't in my office yesterday to respond to some of the more retarded comments, so it was good to see that they were pretty much taken care of by the smarter readers anyway. Kind of like Lord of the Flies, but not.