Receptions & Tours

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

We warmly invite participants to join us for dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. The reception is a great chance to meet other participants, network, discuss research and sample the famous cuisine of Osaka.

It has been said that the people of Osaka spend more on food than on anything else, and the term “kuidaore” (“eat until you drop”) is used to describe the food culture here. Not surprisingly, Osaka is famous for various local dishes, some of which have attained nationwide and even international fame

The menu will suit everyone’s tastes from Japanese and western to vegetarian and halal. We will depart from the Osaka Corona Hotel lobby promptly at 16:45 and walk as a group to the restaurant, which is only a few minutes on foot from the Corona Hotel.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 17:00 to 18:30
Style: All-you-can-eat-and drink
Food: Japanese, Vegetarian, Halal
Cost:  ¥1000 for Participants / ¥3500 for guests
RSVP: Required (cancellations will incur a ¥500 penalty)

 

Sightseeing

Osaka (大阪, Ōsaka)  is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It’s surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. It is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries.

Osaka’s nickname — Tenka no Daidokoro (the nation’s kitchen) — originally referred to its Edo Period status as Japan’s rice-trade hub. Nowadays, it refers to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise and okonomiyaki is arguably Osaka’s most famous dish: like an omelette and a pancake, okonomiyaki is customized with a choice of meat, seafood or noodles to create an infinitely variable classic. Other Osaka foods include kitsune udon (thick noodle soup blanketed by fried tofu); hakozushi (sushi pressed flat in a bamboo box; an edible tapestry); and, takoyaki — ball-shaped octopus fritters.