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Jakarta Post

Enjoying internationally popular Japanese food

  • I. Christianto


Jakarta, Ubud   /   Mon, November 30 2009   /  02:18 pm

Early one rainy evening, a group of yuppies were happily chatting while enjoying their dinner at a street hawker stall specializing in Japanese food in Cikini, Central Jakarta. They are frequent customers to Sopo Ngiro, a street hawker stall that operates as a Warjep or Warung Jepang (Japanese food kiosk) as it offers food at very moderate prices. The same situation can be found in Ubud, Bali, a sub-district in Gianyar, which is some 30 kilometers east of Denpasar and well- known as home not only to common people and influential royalty but also noted painters, sculptors and intellectuals of various backgrounds and nationalities, whose presence has shaped the area's image as a cultural haven. On a sunny day last week, a group of Japanese tourists were having lunch at Caf* Angkasa, located on Ubud's bustling Jl. Monkey Forrest, which offers Western food with Japanese influ...