Awaodori Restaurant – Nishi Ginza
I have a new favorite restaurant! The Awaodori in Nishi Ginza, right between Yurakucho and Shimbashi stations on the Yamanote line in central Tokyo. Not only is the cooking fantastic, the food is all from the holy homeland of Awaodori on Shikoku island, Tokushima, but you also get to enjoy a live Awaodori performance from some great groups right here in Tokyo. Technically, it is an “izakaya”, a place that is more about drinking and having a lively time out with colleagues and friends but I would also recommend it for anyone on a date or anyone just interested in Tokushima cuisine. When I was there the restaurant was visited by members of the great Edo Kabuki Ren (江戸歌舞伎連) who gave a great performance despite the cramped location and cold spring weekday atmosphere! The best thing though, about this restaurant, is that now I finally have a place where I can show visiting foreign friends what real Awaodori looks like, practically twice an evening all year around! I’ll post some more pictures from the performance tomorrow. Just one thing first – doesn’t the man in the third to last photo look like a very tall version of a Japanese Johnny Vegas (actor/comedian)?