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Read the Signs - Local Specialties

2020.01.31

看板を読もう「 名古屋名物」


Want to pick up some famous local sweets or try some of Nagoya's unique dishes, but don't know what to look for? Try looking for shops and restaurants with these expressions for starters.

Nagoya specialty

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↑ At a restaurant entrance

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↑ Sign outside restaurant

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↑ On a Japanese sweet store


Key expression:


名古屋 Nagoya (Nagoya)


名物 meibutsu (specialty [food, dish], famous product)

* The kanji (also found in 前 / namae / name) is read as na in some words, but mei in others. It is also used as shorthand for Nagoya. For example 古屋駅 / Nagoya eki (Nagoya Station) is often shortened to 駅 / Mei eki, which is also used to refer to the area east of Nagoya Station.


Nagoya cuisine

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↑ At a restaurant entrance


Key expression:


めし meshi (cuisine [informal]; meal; food)


名古屋めし Nagoya meshi (Nagoya nosh)

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