Wednesday, December 3, 2014

(694) Kanda 3

The reason we went to Kanda that day was to eat soba (蕎麦/そば) i.e. buckwheat noodles, the classic food of old Tokyo in “Matsuya” in the neighborhood called Awajicho (淡路町). Despite the rain, people queued patiently in line for a bowl –or more.

“Matsuya” is just a room and customers often sit at the same table with strangers; in old soba-ya (and built in 1924, “Matsuya” definitely falls into that category) you don’t go to spend your time: you go to eat and leave.

This doesn’t mean that while you are there, you don’t enjoy yourself!

(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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