Monday, April 27, 2015

Japanese Street Food Tripping: Nakamise-Dori Street in Asakusa

Those striking red-orange and yellow (they look like maple?) leaves hoisted on top of the shops had me wondering if they were real or not?

Nakamise-Dori Street is one of the oldest streets in Asakusa situated between two important gates leading to the Senso-ji Temple, the Kaminarimon Gate and the Hozomon Gate. It is said that through the centuries many pilgrims come here to shop, perhaps for food, offerings and whatnots before proceeding to the temple.

Nowadays, the street offers a vareity of food stalls and craft and souvenir shops. The side alleys are also lined with roadside hole-in-the-wall eateries, as well as traditional local restaurants. The street is approximately 250 metres long and is always teeming with people.

I have to say that I really love this street. It may be too touristy but the high energy, the variety of food stalls and the bright autumn leaves hanging from the roof of the shops, which left me wondering by the way if they were real or not, made me truly love this street.

If you are looking at sampling some Japanese street food, then this is one of the best places to get some.

Moi of course, my souvenir picture of Nakamise-Dori.

Rice crackers wrapped in seaweed. I love this kind of Japanese snack.

These are Kibi-Dango, a local sweet pastry made from millet flour. They however look like fishballs wrapped in sauce to me.

Daifuku or mochi are glutinous rice balls. They are usually stuffed with sweet filling, mostly red bean paste. They come in different flavours.

Stand selling lots of Senbei rice cracker varieties.

You can also watch how they make traditional dessert and snack pastries here.

Japanese pastry craftmanship. These are Ningyo-Yaki which are fried sponge cakes stuffed with sweet red bean paste.

These are Age-Manju, they are deep fried cakes with red bean paste filling. Red bean paste is very popularly used in Japan as filling for pasty snacks and cakes.

A hole-in-the-wall eatery on Nakamise-Dori.

Whilst this one is a more posh traditional Japanese restaurant, also located on the same alley of Nakamise-Dori.

Travel Period: November 2014
Destination: Asakusa, Taito (Tokyo), Japan

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