March Japanness is upon us and we need your votes! Below you’ll find the second round matchup for the Food and Places brackets. (Vote for Traditional Culture and Pop Culture here). Losers will be banished and nobody will ever be allowed to eat them or visit them again! (Editor’s Note: Our website sadly only allows one vote to be submitted at a time. Enter your selection before moving on to the next matchup.) View the full bracket here!
Ramen vs. Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki: So long, miso. Okonomiyaki put the paste in its place, but will need to bring its full compliment of toppings if it hopes to spill ramen from the top of the bracket.
Takoyaki vs. Melonpan
Takoyaki: The little octopus balls easily bested bean paste in the opening round. Osaka’s finest street food will have to outperform its size as it goes up against bigger and bigger competition.
Melonpan: This sugary snack dispatched the venerable soba in round one and will need its sweet-toothed supporters to turn out in force to take down some of Japan’s more savory offering.
Kobe Beef vs. Vending Machines
Kobe Beef: After narrowly escaping nabe in a tight first round, the pampered cows have their work cut out for them in round two. Can Kobe beef melt the competition or will it be devoured too quickly?
Vending Machines: The new-comer crushed currypan in the opening round and looks to be a serious contender. Do vending machines have enough tricks in stock to take down a delicacy and make a run at the food bracket championship?
Bento vs. Karaage
Bento: Boxed lunch is back! After taking out bar food favorite yakitori in round one, bento will need to need to stay hungry for chicken against karaage.
Karaage: Proving fried chicken is delicious in any language, karaage took down its partner in late night crime, chu-hi, in round one. It will need to stay crisp in round two or risk being just another part of the bento.
Mt. Fuji vs. Lawson
Mt. Fuji: Japan’s iconic mountain maintained supremacy over the Tokaido in round one. Mt. Fuji looms over the entire bracket. Can anything topple this tower of power?
Lawson: The upstart knocked out the beloved izakaya in round one, but now faces the biggest challenge in the bracket. Will the conbini’s convenience boost Lawson to victory?
Akihabara vs. Kinkakuji
Akihabara: Japan’s center of nerd culture took down the world’s biggest transit hub in round one. Can Otaku-chic continue its dominance against an iconic traditional beauty?
Kinkakuji: The golden temple drew on all its architectural and landscaped beauty to eke out a victory against Nara Koen. In round two, it faces pretty much its polar opposite. Modern vs. traditional. Nature vs. Urban. Which way is it going to go?
Kiyomizu Temple vs. Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market: The world’s largest seafood market hauled in enough votes to overtake Uzuamasa Studios in round one. Tsukijiki will need a hearty catch if it hopes to take down Kyoto’s other entry in the bracket.
Himeji Castle vs. Harajuku
Harajuku: Can anything stop this trendy district? Are the overwhelming masses of strangely dressed youth be strong enough to breach the walls of Himeji?