If there’s one thing that I absolutely LOVE about festivals, it will be the ubiquitous yatai, or food stalls. Yatai are set up temporarily for Japanese festivals, selling foods for spectators, such as yakisoba, kakigori, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki. You can also buy barbecue and other grilled food, french fries, frankfurters, and fried chicken (chikin karaage). Mmm…love that grease!
How does a typical yatai at a Japanese festival look like? Well, let me show you! Here are some images taken at the recently held Matsuri Tsukuba.
My sister told me that in the Philippines, “Takoyaki” is known as “Samurai balls.” Yummy. lol
Okonomiyaki has always been referred to as Japanese “pizza,” meaning you can put whatever you want in it. Your choice, your ingredients.
Hey, it’s not all hot plates and grease. You can also find some sweets. Take this stand, for example, which sold sugar-coated apples (ringo). Actually I’ve no idea how they taste. Always resisted to temptation to buy, inspite of how dainty and cute they looked.
(P.S. Thanks to Norie for the correction! I appreciate it. :))
Here is where you’ll find bananas of all sorts of colors. The lady customer gestures: “I’ll take TWO to go!”
Actually, I’ve always found it strange to eat colored banana on a stick. A banana is a banana is a banana.
Here is some eye candy for the kids. Anpanman plus some “nantoka-MAN” masks. Would you believe that Aya actually coerced us to buy her one of those inflated doggy toys? It costed us 500 yen! We bought her the white one – so she called it “Whitey.”
I’m pretty sure that within the week, “Whitey” will be “Flatty” and will later transform into “Trashy.” There goes our 500 yen. Oh well, nothing like making a kid happy. 😉