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I Love Otsumami!
13:00 JST, February 11, 2021
This may not sound very idol-like, but I love otsumami — various snacks typically served with alcohol. I’m absolutely hooked on tiny meals that go perfectly with a nice drink, like salted squid, dried stingray fin and pickled mackerel.
Once when I was talking to fans at an AKB48 meet and greet, I was asked, “Can you really hold your liquor?” Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a lightweight when it comes to adult beverages.
The reason why I’m so into otusmami is because back when I was a kid, whenever my parents drank alcohol at home, they would slip me some of their snacks. So many of those snacks were drastically different from the children’s treats I typically ate that I would get more and more excited for whatever was coming next.
I haven’t been to a bar since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Before the pandemic though, every once in a while, my friends and I would go out just to scarf down some otsumami. Of course, as a proud resident of Yamanashi Prefecture, I really love chicken tripe hotpot. Outside of that — seafood otsumami. So once the pandemic settles down, I’ll see if I can check out Hokkaido.
My fellow AKB48 members know how much I love otsumami and often give me some as a present. Whenever I return the favor, you can be sure I give them some of Yamanashi’s locally grown grapes.
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