Sunday, September 30, 2012

Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

 

Some days ago, I took my first visit to Omoide Yokocho (思い出横丁) in Shinjuku after work, in pursuit of the famed yakitori. This small alleyway is hidden somewhere within the busy, flashy Shinjuku streets - and it feels like you step back in time. Such an unexpected atmosphere. The enticing scent of yakitori, or grilled chicken pieces on thin wooden skewers, craftily trickling through air toward your nose and down into your stomach.

 

 I only stayed a short while and have yet to explore this area fully. I would love to go back again.

 

 We settled on this yakitori shop. Each of the tiny shops along the small alley had seating capacities of around maybe 5-10 customers. We were lucky to grab a small table protruding out of the already packed shop, into the alleyway. This shopkeeper was a funny guy and posed for a few shots. His yakitori was delicious.

 

Tsukune (chicken meatballs?)

 

This was my first time to visit a shop specializing in yakitori, and such a lovely old-fashioned feeling to boot! I can see there are still so many little corners of Tokyo that I have yet to discover. If you're in the Shinjuku area, I recommend taking a stroll down Omoide Yokocho, and perhaps stopping for a few amazing bites of yakitori.