Osaka Oysters

You know you’ve lost your “New in Japan” smell when participating in the following conversation has no effect:

Myself: So what is something you can do in Osaka?

Student: You can … go Tennoji Temple.

Myself: Cool! What else can you do?

Student: You can eat … octopus balls.

Myself [without missing a beat, ladies and gentlemen]: Oh, I love takoyaki! That is a great thing to try in Osaka!

Student: Yes. They are … ver’ delicious.

It wasn’t until I was 2 blocks away from school that my inner 12 year-old stirred and after sniggering like Muttley, hung her head in shame.


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