Dear Food Diary:
Tokyoians (is that’s how you called people who live in Tokyo?) celebrate summer like New Yorkers. There always seems to be a different way to celebrate the season. By missing all the fun summer events in the Big Apple, it’s been very exciting checking out the ones here.
Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri is an annual summer street festival where local businesses put out stalls under colorful streamers and decorations. We walked around in the heat, having food on sticks while enjoying the sights and sounds.
The local butcher shop had the longest line, which is always a sign of yummy assurance.
These rolled up beef skewers were the best thing we had all day. Fatty beef, chard and peppery. Tender and juicy. We wanted more, but the heat prevented us from waiting on line again.
Kids had puppet shows, fishing games, artists drew and did animals out of pulled candy.
And grown men played these combat fist games. Forget rock, paper scissor. This seemed way more interesting…
Frozen drinks and big pieces of fresh watermelon kept everyone cool… sorta. StalkerBoy and I ate watermelon on the street like locals, before having fruity slushies.
Even as I melted in the heat (I had to get a Hello Kitty towel, tissue just didn’t do the job anymore), I had a lot of fun.