Have you heard of Omatsuri? Omatsuri(お祭り) is a Japanese festival usually held in summer. In omatsuri, there will be a lot of food stall with street foods. People wear yukata, walk down the street to eat, eat, and eat! I will introduce 5 typical street food that you can find & enjoy in omatsuri.

beer in omatsuri

Grab a beer and let’s walk down the street!

1. Takoyaki ball (たこ焼き)

takoyaki in omatsuri

Takoyaki is a ball shaped Japanese style octopus flitters. On top, there are salty & sweet takoyaki sauce, mayo, and katsuobushi (dried bonito).

takoyaki in omatsuri

Inside you can see a piece of octopus.

Takoyaki is made using a special iron plate with ball shapes.

making takoyaki in omatsuri

It’s usually served extremely hot, so be careful when you eat it.

takoyaki in omatsuri

2. Yakisoba (焼きそば)

yakisoba in omatsuri

Yakisoba is a Japanese style fried noodle. Fries meat (usually pork) and vegetables together and flavored with soy based sauce. Very typical Japanese food we often make it ourselves at home, but I feel that yakisoba in omatsuri tastes somehow special and can’t resist buying one 😛

yakisoba in omatsuri

3. Chocolate Banana (チョコバナナ)

You can find many kinds of desserts in omatsuri food stalls.

Typical one is Chocolate Banana.

chocolate banana in omatsuri

Not really a Japanese food but sometimes you can find chocolate bananas with unique decoration.

Very kawaii heart shaped chocolate bananas!

4. Anzu-ame (あんず飴)

anzu-ame in omatsuri

Anzu-ame is an apricot glazed with syrup called mizu-ame (水飴 ). It is usually pierced with a piece of chopstick and served with a piece of monaka to avoid syrup fall down when it melts.

Outside with the syrup it is sweet, and apricot, which is marinated with vinegar, being sour, it is a perfect dessert not being too sweet.

I personally enjoyed Anzu-ame the most on the day I went to omatsuri this year.

5. Ramune (ラムネ)

By this time, you must be so hot and sweating by walking down the street in summer Japan. Have a drink called Ramune, a Japanese soda.

ramune in omatsuri

It usually comes in a cute glass bottle. Slightly sweet taste soda is perfect for hot and humid day.



How did you like? Try one of these when you go to omatsuri!

Information about the Festival (Omatsuri)

All photos are eaten at Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri 2015.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

Date: 13 August (in 2017… the date changes every year)

Nearest Station: Monzen-Nakacho, Tozai Line or Oedo Line

Website(Japanese only) : http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/htmls/maturih1.html