A night at the Yatai

Yesterday, three German students of Asahi Nihongo and one of our student supporters went to town to experience one of Fukuoka’s famous Yatai food stalls. 

Yatai are small and mobile stalls that are moved by car or manually pulling them through the streets. The stall is set up in the early evening on sidewalks and removed late at night or in the early morning hours.

Even though most Yatai are set up in the Nakasu area, our students managed to find one that was located between Tenjin and Akasaka, just 10 minutes from our school. The aroma of hot Tonkotsu Ramen was irresistible and so the students decided to stay and try this kind of ramen, Fukuoka is famous for.

Yatai often serve a variety of Japanese food such as Ramen (Chinese noodle soup), Tempura, Gyoza and Yakitori. Being a prominent part of Fukuoka’s nightlife experience, they can be found throughout the city’s area Tenjin and Nakasu. It is quite usual to drink beer and other alcoholics rather than tea as you would drink during lunch.

After ordering four bowls of Tonkotsu Ramen, the students had an interesting and passionate talk about their time in Japan so far and the cultural differences they experienced. Soon, the Ramen was served and everybody digged in. The students ate their noodles in no-time and everybody was full and extremely satisfied by Fukuoka’s street food, already planning to return to a Yatai as soon as possible.


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