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March 24th, 2011 | Food, Images, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge

In the Japanese version of MOTHER 3, a sign in the desert area recommends a restaurant that sells taiyaki and yakisoba. Intrepid reporter Izumi visited the restaurant a long while back and posted this about it:

I went to Naniwaya, the cafe mentioned by Tomato a few posts up. In M3 Itoi points out that Naniwaya is famous for taiyaki (sweet cakes filled with red bean paste, shaped like tai, sea bream), but the yakisoba (fried noodles with cabbage and agedama, deep-fried flour) there is really delicious. I had never eaten yakisoba with agedama it in before and it was really good; the taste wasn’t as strong as the yakisoba I’m used to.

The store wasn’t hard to find, being just a few seconds walk from exit 7 of Azabu-Juuban station on the Oedo Line (if Azabu-Juuban sounds familiar to you, it’s because this is where Sailor Moon was set I guess it is now obvious that this kind of location-hunting is a hobby of mine, haha). Cross the street right in front of the exit, and it’s on the left at the very beginning of the second block. The sign was written in English too. Seems like this is a VERY popular spot, and you actually had to call ahead or go there a few hours earlier if you wanted to do take-out. Their taiyaki is that famous. I had other places to be that afternoon so I couldn’t schedule a takeout, and I wanted the in-house experience anyway, so I went to the cafe on the second floor as ordered the yakisoba as Itoi suggests, It was really really good. <3 I highly recommend this place if you’re in the area; it’s easy walking distance from Roppongi Hills, too. [gallery link="file" columns="4"]

You can also see some videos of the place here:

In MOTHER 2, Itoi did something similar in Fourside, which you can read about here. When they translated MOTHER 2 into English, they basically wrote the whole restaurant thing out of the script. I didn’t want to do the same with the MOTHER 3 translation though, so I kept the restaurant mention in and just localized it. That’s a topic for another day, though!

If you haven’t already, check out some of these articles about other restaurants mentioned in the MOTHER series!


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5 Comments to Eating at EarthBound Shops #4

man said on Mar. 24, 2011

I’d like somebody to visit that American restaurant which was found as an unused graphic in the M3 rom.

Hukky said on Mar. 24, 2011

The sign is in the highway, not the desert area…

Also, I guess Itami can now call herself the taiyaki gal. Cookies to whoever gets that reference.

Izumi said on Mar. 24, 2011

Wow, I had totally forgotten about this 4th piece. 😛 Great place, Naniwaya!

Mato said on Mar. 24, 2011

Oops yeah, it’s the highway, not the desert. I’ve always thought of that area as more like a second desert rather than a highway, not sure why.

Nyx said on May. 27, 2012

Ma-a-ato-o-o! I know you’re translating stuff for Funimation, and stuff, but can you please make a guide for the pilgrimage of EB fans? Can the mine be on it?


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