Interview

Yoyogiuehara is a town with shops both new and old – Mr. Sakai

Yoyogi-Uehara (Mr. Sakai)

Yoyogiuehara is a town with new and also old shops. The number of old shops has decreased but there are still some long-established shops remaining. Located near Shibuya and Shinjuku, makes Yoyogiuehara very convenient and at the same time it provides a calm living atmosphere.

Even if you can’t call it a downtown, we have great relationships with the shop owners nearby and I enjoy living here. During the festival of the Yoyogihachimangu shrine, the whole neighborhood is colorfully decorated and the worshipers parade carrying the mikoshi along the street create a festive feeling. There are many seasonal events worth to vist.

For foreign guests are often interested in our shop. They want to know what kind of shop it is, and sometimes people who know Tofu come by to purchase some. It is a family owned business started by my Grandfather. I am working here for 15 years and I am the 3rd generation owner of this shop which has this year his 85th anniversary. 

We start making Tofu at 5:30 A.M., they are ready by noon and we sell them in the afternoon. We sometimes go around by car selling the Tofu. My recommended recipe is to add few drops of soy sauce, grated ginger, and some red pepper&spice mix, to a freshly fried Tofu. It goes great with beer! You can get quite full when you eat a whole pack. If you want to enjoy a healthy meal there is also a bean curd refuse called Unohana.


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