Andy Cheng

Growing up with a Japanese mother, Andy has extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, life and food. Originally from England, Andy started to train to be a chef after graduating university and moved to Japan to start his culinary journey. With his aim to run his own restaurant, he studied under Michelin star chef Namae Shinobu and Akihiro Nagao. After travelling to Osaka, he fell in love with the food, was especially Takoyaki. Andy’s hobbies include, photography, sports and travelling around Japan.
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Shitennoji Wasso Festival

What is the Shitennoji Wasso Festival? Shitennoji Wasso is an event that celebrates the short reign of Osaka as the capital city of Japan (646-745). This was during the Nara Period and is sometimes referred...

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is for the Thrill Seekers

What is the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival? Kishiwada Danjiri Festival separates into two, one held in September and the other in October. The festival in September takes place in Kishiwada district and Haruki district. Meanwhile, the...

Tenjin Matsuri: The Dance of Fire and Water

What is Tenjin Matsuri Festival? Tenjin Matsuri is also called the festival of fire and water. It combines the elements throughout its procession. It is amongst one of the largest events in the whole of...

How to make Torikara sticks : Ultimate Guide

Everyone may know of the traditional Japanese Fried Chicken, called ‘karaage’. Marinated chicken breasts are gently deep fried with hints of soy sauce and garlic, resulting in succulent, crispy fried chicken. In contrast, torikara...

Tanabata Festival : Osaka’s Star Festival

What is Tanabata Festival? Tanabata (七夕) translates to the “Evening of the seventh” and coincides with July 7th every year. Strips of colorful paper, called tanzaku, line the city streets. Other vibrant ornaments and decorations...

Where are the best ryokans in Osaka

For anyone traveling to Japan, staying at a ryokan is one of the best ways to experience Japanese culture. Scattered throughout all of Japan, these traditional inns will open your eyes to the world...

How to make Udon Suki : Ultimate Guide

Imagine a cold winter’s day and you’re searching for something to warm your heart. Now imagine a hot pot filled with your favourite vegetables, meats, seafood and some delicious, chewy noodles. This is exactly...

How to make Tonpeiyaki: Ultimate Guide

Tonpeiyaki is a variation of one of Osaka’s most popular dishes, Okonomiyaki (you can view my guide to okonomiyaki here!). Due to the growth in popularity of Okonomiyaki, many variations have been created, with...

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