Top Okayama Food You Must Try!

Top Okayama Food You Must Try!

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada, back on duty. I would like to introduce Okayama food.

Top Okayama Food You Must Try!


Ebi-meshi is a kind of pilaf, usually served with prawns. Despite its dark color it isn’t salty as it seems (the color comes from demi-glace sauce, ketchup, etc). Okayama City has been promoting this as one of Okayama’s local cuisines for tourists but  an interesting fact is that many people in Okayama have never had it or don’t even know what it is. Heh.

Demi-Katsu Don

Demi-Katsu stands for demi-glace sauce and tonkatsu. Compare to average tonkatsu sauce, demi-glace sauce gives it a lot milder taste. Nomura is famous as the first restaurant that began serving it. Yamato is another popular place by locals (its ramen is popular as well).

Hormone” Udon

It is stir-fried noodles with beef internals. Since it has become popular local cousine of Tsuyama City (northern Okayama), many places in Okayama Prefecture now serve it.


Bara-sushi is probably different from sushi you know. Its origin is from Edo era. The lord of Okayama, Terumasa Ikeda prohibited lux and instead encouraged people to have simple one-soup-one-dish meals. However people thought of a way out and came up with a dish with lots of toppings like fish, veggies, etc., just like Barasushi today, but served in reversed order to hide the toppings. It is served at many restaurants in Okayama.

Mamakari Sushi

Sushi with pickled Mamakari (a family of herring) is loved by especially those blue fish lovers. It is available at supermarkets in Okayama.


Kaki-oko refers to oyster Okonomiyaki. It is known in Hinase City where we visit every year for the oyster festival. Oysters are best in winter but it is available all year around. Tamachan is a popular local restaurant that you may want to check out.

Ontama Meshi

Fried rice with eel (half-boiled egg on top), promoted by Tamano City as a new local cousine.

Kasaoka Ramen

A big difference between Kasaoka ramen and regular ramen is topping. Pieces of chicken meat comes on top of Kasaoka ramen instead of pork ham. Soup is also chicken base. It is said that it is because there are (were) many chicken farms in Kasaoka City (western Okayama).


How do you find it? Some are B food but it would be interesting to try local food, wouldn’t it?

See you around!

How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

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Hi there. It’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. I would like to share how much money to give as a gift (goshugi) in Japan.

How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

Japanese often give money as a gift for celebrating. If you are not sure how much you should give, here is some reference.

*Note that it would be actually better to give something practical (ex; stationary for students, etc.)  than giving cash. It really depends so you should consider the relationship between you and the person.

Wedding Gift (結婚祝い)

Friend 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Work Related Boss 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Colleague About 30,000 yen
Junior 20,000 – 30,000 yen
Client About 30,000 yen
Relative 30,000 – 100,000 yen
Family 20,000 – 100,000 yen

Baby-birth Gift(出産祝い)

Friend/colleague 3,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling 5,000 – 30,000 yen
One’s own child 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Relative 5,000 – 20,000 yen
Acquaintance 1,000 – 3,000 yen

Shichi-go-san (七五三)

If you don’t know what Shichi-go-san is, here is some reference.

Grand child 10,000 – 30,000 yen
Relative 5,000  – 10,000 yen
Friends’ child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Admission to School / Graduating from School (入学祝い/卒業祝い)

Admission to School

Grand child Kindergarten About 10,000 yen
Elementary school About 20,000 yen
Jr. High school About 30,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child Kindergarten 3,000 – 5,000 yen
Older 5,000 ~ 10,000 yen


Graduating from School

Grand child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Coming age celebration (成人)

One’s own child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Grand child 10,000 – 100,000 yen
Younger sibling 3,000  – 10,000 yen
Acquaintance 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Celebrate for getting a job (就職祝い)

Relative 10,000 – 20,000 yen
Friend/junior 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Housewarming Gift (新築祝い/引越し祝い)

Friend/co-league 5,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling/relative 10,000 – 30,000 yen

Return Gift during one’s recovery (快気祝い・退院祝い)

For those who did nice to you or gave you something while you are sick, you should return something worth 1/2 – 1/3 of what you got. It should be consumable items since reusable things may sound bad luck (‘it may happen over again’).


How do you find it? Hope it helps.