Noteworthy Festival Food
During festivals food stalls line the streets and sell a diverse assortment of traditional and unique Japanese treats. In mid-May Sanja Matsuri is celebrated around Sensoji with traditional festival foods. There are savory favorites like okonomiyaki (a pancake including meat or seafood and vegetables), takoyaki (fried octopus dough balls), and karaage (fried chicken bites) as well as sweet treats like dorayaki (sponge cake filled with sweet red bean paste) and mochi (rice paste cake). During Ganjitsu locals celebrate the New Year with osechi-ryori, ornately prepared dishes symbolic of wealth, happiness, and longevity. When festivals are not taking place food stalls can be found in Ueno Koen near Benzaiten shrine and around Sensoji Temple.
By Erin Bogar, AFAR Local Expert
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