A Summer Matsuri

We were just walking around a random neighborhood (Koenji) and chanced upon a matsuri aka festival. Japan is peppered with various events during this time.

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Before anything else, you would need to change your money for their festival money. I guess this eliminates having to account for sales per booth.

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You use it to pay for food, drinks and games.

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This is a very popular festival game. Fishing for balloons and balls.

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And fish. There are prizes inside the fish bags.

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You can also learn origami from this guy

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Ooops blurry! Or sit here and have these ladies draw your portrait. Some of them are really good! Some are still learning. DrG’s theory is that these ladies are from the art school near this shotengai.

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Staple festival food- yakisoba!

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Hotdog on sticks, fried goodies and sweets.

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Kakigori!

It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon! Walk around and you might see one yourself!

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Tanikawa 谷川 中野

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This is a tiny place in Shin-nakano that can only sit 16 people.  谷川 is run by an elderly couple. The man is the chef and the woman serves as the host, waitress, cashier. They’re quite an amazing team.

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Lunch time menu. Not the most exquisite freshwater grilled eels but they offer value for money! 1500 for unagi don. Regular prices would be at least twice the price.

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These were grilled perfectly. Little A ate half of this bowl.

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I ordered this for Little A but she prefered my unagi. Next time, she’s getting her own bowl!

With limited seats and good food and service, it’s best to get there early.

谷川
うなぎ料理店
4 Chome-29-2 Honcho, Nakano, Tokyo 164-0012
03-3380-0702