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What’s the difference: East vs West Japan? (Kanto vs Kansai) | Ichimon Japan 64

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What’s the difference: East vs West Japan?

Topics Discussed

  • Some of the differences observed in East and West Japan (higashi and nishi nihon)
  • Differences in culture and food seen in Kansai and Kanto
  • Where the border between East and West Japan is
  • The difference in how people from East vs West Japan use escalators
  • About where Ishikawa is in relation to East vs West Japan
  • Theories about the origin of the escalator difference in East vs West Japan
  • The difference in hertz between East vs West Japan
  • About differences in syntax/language in East vs West Japan
  • Language differences in Kansai vs Kanto
  • Naosu vs Katazukeru/Shimau
  • Shoppai vs Karai/shiokarai
  • Sasareru vs Kamareru/Kuwareru
  • Makku vs Makudo
  • USJ vs Yuniba
  • Nikuman vs Butaman
  • Sauces used in East and West Japan
  • Taste preferences in East vs West Japan (Kansai vs Kanto)
  • Tamagoyaki/dashimakitamago in Kanto vs Kansai
  • Mochi in Kansai vs Kanto
  • How miso soup placement may vary depending on whether you are in Kansai or Kanto
  • About aburasoba
  • Ishikawa curry
  • What torotaku is
  • What monjayaki is
  • And much more!

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