So it turns out that most cities and towns in Japan have a mascot and regional dish. Yokosuka’s mascot is a duck and the regional dish is curry. Obviously the duck has something to do with regional naval history but I’m not sure about the curry.
One our friends is from Kumamoto and their town mascot is a bear. I forget what the regional dish is.
Do you have a regional mascot and dish?
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland our regional dish is steamed blue crab or crab cakes. Our official state bird is the Oriole and unofficial the Raven.
On our way to get lunch, we came across some street performers in front of the subway station.
We stuck around for the first and second acts but couldn’t hang when a really cold wind came blowing through.
According to the misses, the performance had something to do with celebrating the New Year. I tried to follow up but she was already booking it for the door. I followed and forgot about when I saw… lunch.
Maybe some one out there could fill me in on the New Years celebrations?
We’re not going to make it too easy for you to find but if you can find this sign in downtown Yokosuka, you’ve found a treat indeed.
This 焼き鳥 (yak-key-tor-ry/grilled chicken) stand has been here since my wife has been a child and it is at the top of our list whenever we return to Yokosuka. For her, its sentimental value is priceless. For me, it’s enjoying something that is precious to her.
There are no seats and if it’s busy you just wait your turn. You can order a to go box or eat them right there (our preference). It’s a snack stand.
Pick a skewer, eat it, place the stick in one of several cups (that are for your used sticks only), and once you’re done bring your cup or your sticks to the cashier to tally you out. It’s cash only and if you want a drink afterwards there’s a vending machine a few steps away.