Not many Product Creation Labs members make the trek, but when you do there’s an open invitation. I will take you out to dinner. I’ll make sure you get a taste of the local fare – real Osaka food (OK, no worries, I won’t have you eating sea cucumber or live squirmy things). However, if you travel all the way to here, I am more than happy to take you out for a great local meal.
Wal Gifford was here in April. As you can see by our jackets, it hadn’t warmed up yet at that time. He was staying in a hotel in the Kyobashi area, so I went up and met him, and we went to my favourite place in Kyobashi. It’s a tiny little place with a stand-up bar – not a seat in the place (No room for seats). And, we gorged on deep-fried delicacies. Plus, we had our fill of Chu Hai (Note: We never let the ice cubes melt in our glasses, LOL).
Wal has been a member for a while and a great member at the Video Production Lab Workshop. Like so many of my members, just a great person to be around. To take members like this out to dinner is an honour for me.
A few days ago, I finally got to meet my first ever Product Creation Labs member in person – another great honour. Nick Kemp, of Australia, had been living in the Gifu area of Japan when he purchased my first product in the product creation/online marketing niche. He was back here to visit his old stomping grounds and finally got to the wonderful metropolis of Osaka. We met up in the afternoon, and Nick interviewed me for close to an hour. We’re melting in the great rainy season muginess at a local temple (One of the few quiet spots in my city) and we had the seven lucky gods for our backdrop.
Later, I met up with Nick in the evening and took him to a local Okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a unique Osaka dish. It looks like a large cabbage and batter pancake, with added options – like pork or Kimchi. Cooked on a hot table in front of you (Yes, not the best thing to choose on a hot rainy season day) these are a filling meal.
So? When are you coming to Osaka? We are the foodie capital of Japan. Mmmmmm.