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Okay, now we are getting to the good stuff. I arrived in Tokyo to attend Temple University JD spring semester abroad in early January and I have managed to gain ten pounds since. How do you come to Japan and gain weight, you might ask. Most people would assume that living in Japan would result in weight loss, due to the healthy diet of sushi and green tea. This, however, is a falsehood. The food here is so ridiculously amazing, I CANNOT STOP EATING. Not only does everything taste divine, because the Japanese are so aesthetically-oriented the presentation is stellar and therefore I have to try everything I see. Additionally, there is so much more to Japanese than fish. Japanese food, on the whole, is actually not that healthy. It’s really difficult to get a high-protein, low-carb meal here and they love to fry everything. An example of a not-so-healthy yet very traditional Japanese dish is the fabulous okonomiyaki, which is like a pancake filled with various ingredients that you usually cook yourself at your table. I believe the dish is native to Osaka, the city that supposedly has the best food in all of Japan. Feast your eyes on the below photos of okonomiyaki. The norm is to top it off with a delicious sweet brown sauce, mayonnaise, and bonito flakes.


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