J-Drama ‘Wakakozake’ Will Leave You Feeling Good And Hungry

I’ve never been to Japan but I have a few places in mind I want to visit and they aren’t exactly the typical tourist spot. For the last couple months now, I’ve been watching this Japanese drama called Wakakozake. I like, no love, food and food shows so I decided to check it out. This instantly become a hit with me and a personal top favorite of all the Japanese drama I’ve seen.


Based on the mouth-watering anime, Wakakozake brings you Murasaki Wakako, a 26-year-old OL that loves nothing more than delicious food and drink. Wakako’s favorite thing to do for relaxation is to go off by herself after work and go to various places to eat and drink, even if she’s never been there before. The moment Wakako is able to taste the pairing between the food she wants to eat and the perfect accompanying drink, the happy sound of “Pshuuu” leaves her lips. Now, then. Where shall we drink tonight? (via Crunchyroll)

Wakako-zake meal
Murasaki Wakako about to enjoy a meal.

What I like about Wakakozake is that you’re not just watching her eat the food. From the moment Wakako makes up her mind on where to dine and is handed the her menu, we witness her true talent and charms. The analysis she gives on the food is incredible. As soon as her meal is set down before her, she examines it. The look, the preparation, everything. The way they portray it in the show almost makes it seem like it’s science.

What makes things even better, the restaurants she attends in each episode are real locations. We get to see how the food she orders gets prepared, cook, and presented on the plate. Of course unless you’re in Japan, or more specifically Tokyo, it’s a big plus but that just gives you more things to see if you ever in town. The names, addresses, and hours are displayed at the end of the episode. I know there are a lot of people watching this show in Japan as this is actually the second season so I’m sure the establishments advertised are receiving quite a boost in customers.

Rina Takeda, who portrays Murasaki Wakako, is just fantastic. I’ve actually become a fan of hers now. Her expressions are spot on during food scenes. Since we do get to see Wakako do things besides just eating, it gives Takeda flexibility in her acting. In the episode titled Drunken Fist! Grown-up Mapo, there is a scene where she performs martial arts moves. This isn’t her first time performing these stunts as she once starred in the action movie Karate Girl. It was unexpected that a scene like that would be used but it made it unique.

Watch the latest and previous episodes of Wakakozake here on Crunchyroll.

Murasaki Wakako drinking beer.

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Sabrina Brown

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