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  • Welcome to Shinjuk's west gate

  • I'm with Shingo from the Ask Japanese channel,

  • and we're going to be eating food here in Shinjuku

  • Oh yes we are

  • I hope you like Motsunabe?

  • Uh-huh

  • Yakitori?

  • Why not

  • Ramen?

  • Seriously?

  • Wonderful, because we are at the gate for...

  • Omoide-Yokocho, which means...

  • Memory Lane

  • Memory Lane

  • This place has a really deep history

  • Before we look a little into the past,

  • Let's learn exactly where Omoide-Yokocho is

  • Here is Tokyo, the largest city in the world

  • On the west side of Tokyo sits Shinjuku

  • and at it's west gate, or Nishi-guchi

  • is where you will find Omoide-Yokocho

  • Shinjuku's west gate area has been modernized all around

  • except for this one spot which hasn't changed

  • over time...

  • Let's stroll down Memory Lane,

  • and I'll talk to you about the history in detail

  • Yakitori

  • Ahh, Yakitori there is a lot of places

  • Shinjuku was devastated by WW2

  • but it was still a major transport hub with a large population

  • In 1947, flour to make Ramen and noodles were a controlled good

  • and restricted by the government

  • People invented new food with unregulated goods

  • like cow and pig enterals

  • brought by American troops

  • Enter Motsunabe and Yakitori made from enterals

  • which is in the menu today about 20 of the shops

  • The look and the feel of the alley is a trip down Memory Lane

  • even today

  • Boiling and simmering Motsunabe

  • is usually in front of the shop

  • so you can see the quality before going in

  • Yakitori places usually have bellowing smoke out the door

  • or onto small chimneys on the inside

  • There are popular stores with line out the door

  • and shops that are quite empty

  • Each alley restaurant has a history

  • and a difference

  • Some have foreign owners

  • others have been renovated

  • It's good idea to ask about the seating charges

  • before sitting

  • A few chain restaurants have come in,

  • so there is something for everyone these days

  • So the Omoide Yokocho is an alley of about 100 meters

  • Pretty much

  • It's about 100 meters of 50 shops in there?

  • Yeah, more or less

  • It's pretty much packed for a small street I guess

  • Alright, let's eat

  • Shingo and I visited a friendly counter style Izakaya first

  • The center is all kitchen

  • and the surrounding is a counter with a very limited space to walk past

  • The menu is on top of the wall behind us

  • or on the counter

  • One way to order is look around you and order

  • what other customers have bought

  • Food ordered by the local is usually the most popular stuff

  • Our Yakitori came stick by stick and char grilled

  • That's the Sagari

  • This one is...

  • He didn't tell...

  • The last ones. Shiro and Nankotsu

  • What are these two?

  • Tongue and Pi-Toro

  • The Nankotsu and Negi are really hot. Watch out

  • Here is what we ordered

  • Yakitori and Motsu-nabe are specialties here

  • a traditional menu

  • Bottom's up

  • Going to the restroom is a trip back in time

  • Was I going back in time a few decades?

  • or back to the middle ages

  • I came to find out

  • in Shinjuku's back alley toilet

  • So between the shops here,

  • There is this small alley way

  • This leads to the toilet

  • Much much better than I expected

  • but still..

  • Ok, there is the lady's room which is wide open

  • There's the men's toilet

  • Not bad, I think I'll go later

  • We've eaten a lot already.

  • so what are we doing here?

  • I dunno. It's this Japanese thing you know,

  • Well, you go out with your colleagues,

  • or even have blind dates in groups

  • After those blind dates, the guys gather around saying

  • "Oh, what are we going to do? Let's eat something"

  • There isn't much choice late night so, that's where

  • the ramen comes in

  • Really?

  • Let's speed it up, we are hungry

  • Shingo told me that Ramen and Yakisoba work

  • a happy ending meal

  • a snack to finish a night out of drinking

  • or casual end to a date where you can talk more freely

  • This popular place has only been around since the 1970s

  • A classic bowl of Shoyu Ramen

  • Shingo's Yakisoba was up next

  • Look at that

  • You can see the egg noodles

  • Nori, a bit of Chashu,

  • Menma

  • Negi...and it's a shoyu ramen

  • Looks great

  • and my Yakisoba getting ready

  • Sorry I'm going to "Itadaki-masu"

  • "dozo"

  • I love the vibe of these little shops

  • It's loud, vibrant, friendly and delicious

  • Let's go to another side of the alley

  • This is the back where the JR train runs on one side,

  • and larger and more modern restaurant can be found

  • No garbage on the street, no smell

  • So you can see here,

  • You can go straight to the other side of Shinjuku

  • That is Kabukicho

  • or we can take a left and go right back to Omoide Yokocho

  • Let's head back in for the finale

  • Has someone ever told you, you look like the guy from

  • Karate Kid?

  • One too many times..

  • That was quite a meal, wasn't it?

  • That was quite a meal

  • So that was Omoide-Yokocho

  • on Nishi-guchi

  • or the Shinjuku west gate

  • the west gate

  • so if you want to just not feel the history of Tokyo,

  • but get a real fantastic meal,

  • Omoide-Yokocho is the place to be

  • You can get Yakisoba, Motsu-nabe, Yakitori,uh..ramen...

  • Ramen, too. Sushi...

  • Come hungry, go early, stay late

  • at Shinjuku's west gate

Welcome to Shinjuk's west gate

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東京の焼き鳥横丁 新宿360 ★ONLY in JAPAN (Tokyo's Yakitori Alley: Shinjuku 360 ★ ONLY in JAPAN)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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