New Year's Festival at Asakusa Shrine
TOKYO, January 1 – After tossing our coins into the shrine's collection box and saying our prayers, a small group of us headed over to the rows of vendor boothes (屋台) near the Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社). Many of the stalls were selling tradition Japanese festival food ranging from sweets to grilled fish. Here are some festival foods that we enjoyed on New Year's Day:
One of my favorite Japanese snacks is Takoyaki (たこ焼き) (Octopus Balls). They're usually coated with pancake batter and prepared either grilled or fried. I scarfed down almost a dozen of these.
Ayu (アユ) or Sweet Fish is one of Japan's most unique festival foods. It's salted, skewered, and grilled near an open flame.
Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) or Japanese stuffed pancakes are massive culinary concoctions of batter, cabbage, pork, yakisoba, seafood, and other tasty ingredients. These are prepared Hiroshima style.
Jyaga Bata (じゃがバタ) are baked potatoes with butter soy sauce. They're balls of starch goodness.
Choco Banana are chocolate coated bananas with sprinkles. They're the perfect treat for any sweet tooth.