Summer’s around the corner and during summers you have festivals and where there are festivals, there is food! If you ever head to a Japanese festival, you can print this out and play food bingo! Hehe~
A) Yakitori (Grilled meat on a stick) They come in pork, and beef depending and the cut. It’s a must have during a festival! It’s usually 300 yen per stick.
B) Chocobanana. A chocobanana can come in different flavored colored chocolates!
C) Ringo ame (Candied apple and strawberries) Yes. Candied apples do exists. Yes they are delicious. Are they cheap? Depends on the size!! The hard candy exterior is hard to get through but once you get through it, munching through the apple will be a sinch!
D) Watagashi (Cotton candy) Festival cotton candy really is a treat! They come in different colors and the bags they are sold in are super duper cute, ranging from kawaii mascots to shounen characters.
E) Ramune (soda) Ramune is a lemon-flavored soda.
F) Taiyaki – Taiyaki is a fish shaped dessert that is filled with anko, red bean paste. It’s served hot right off the grill. It’s made using fish-shaped molds.
G) Okonomiyaki (Pancake) Okonomiyaki is a festival staple and the way is made is never the same per stall. Most festivals have more than one stall selling okonomiyaki. Sometimes cheaper, sometimes bigger! So explore the festival grounds first before making a decision, or you can wing it! Either is fine as long as you have fun! (*^◯^*)
H) Kakigori (Shaved ice with syrup) <3Summers are hot. Beat the heat with kakigori!! Shaved ice with syrup is wonderfully refreshing, especially when you are wearing a yukata! You can pick the flavor of the syrup too!
I) Takoyaki (Octopus balls) Takayaki, like okonomiyaki, is a festival staple and needs to be tried at least once! Takoyaki is batter balls with octopus bits inside cooked on a special plate.
There are way more dishes during a festival but these were the ones I found the most delicious!! How about you? What’s your favorite festival food?
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#RyuugakuSig is a series of posts by our JLM intern Sig. She will be sharing some of her discoveries / observations from the perspective of a first-timer here in Japan.
Sig is currently an exchange student in a university in Tokyo.