Fernando Lopez

  • Peter Barakan


    Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.

  • Fernando Lopez

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    Fernando Lopez originally hails from Guatemala in Central America. He is now the chef-owner of Lopez, an okonomiyaki restaurant that shares his name, in Hiroshima. Lopez first came to Japan in 1996 and got his start working at a well-established okonomiyaki restaurant. He eventually opened his own place in 2000. While he does cook using more traditional okonomiyaki flavors, Lopez has also branched out and created his own original version that has cheese and jalapeños as toppings. Hiroshima is widely known for its okonomiyaki culture, and within the city limits alone, it’s said there are over 800 okonomiyaki establishments. Despite that, Lopez is ranked among the top 20 most popular restaurants on dining review sites.


November 21, 2017

Japanophiles: Fernando Lopez

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Fernando Lopez, originally from Guatemala, runs an okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima. Made on a hot griddle, okonomiyaki from western Japan resembles a thin crepe loaded with cabbage, pork, soba noodles and other savory ingredients. A special sauce is brushed on top to complete this Japanese soul food. Hiroshima is a place people all over Japan associate with good okonomiyaki. Because of this, competition is fierce, but Lopez's restaurant is one of the most popular in town, and one menu item in particular features a spicy twist.

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