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Japan is the last place you’d think to find gigantic portions of food, but you’ll be surprised to hear that many restaurants offer food challenges! Sometimes what you’ve given just isn’t enough, right? Best of all, if you eat it all within a certain amount of time, it’s usually free!
John Daub and Kai Okudara head to Iidabashi Station and the Kagurazaka Hanten (神楽坂飯店) restaurant known for its jumbo gyoza and other food challenges. It’s a 10 min walk from the Tokyo Dome or 1 stop on the Oedo Line subway.
Most people notice the challenge in the display window. It looks almost like a joke! It’s ridiculously big.
★ Jumbo Gyoza / 2.5kg. / 60 minutes / ￥9600
★ Triple Jumbo Ramen / 3.2kg. / 60 minutes / ￥1890
* It’s free if you complete the challenge
* Jumbo Gyoza should be ordered 2 days in advance
* Enter the Wall of Fame if you complete the challenge
Why are food portions in Japanese usually small?
We talk about the Japanese concept of mottainai もったいない which means “take only what you need” and “don’t waste”
This concept runs deep with Japanese and is followed closely with almost every citizen.
Kagurazaka Hanten started this challenge 45 years ago as a PR stunt for students. It was a way to get them in to the restaurant in groups and have fun. Today, the restaurant is featured often on Japanese TV as Japanese talent test the limits of their stomachs.
Kai Okudara is a writer for tokyocheapo.com and blogs about Japanese food.
This show has been created and produced by John Daub. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 15 years and regularly reports on an International TV Show for Japan’s International Channel.
Kagurazaka Hanten (神楽坂飯店) telephone: 03-3260-1402
Japanese Vending Machines combine technology with convenience.
Now, let’s take that to the next level – THE VENDING MACHINE RESTAURANT
★ No staff at all
★ It’s super clean
★ Retro machines
★ It’s fast, cheap and fun!
This is Jihankishokudo 自販機食堂 (Automat Diner) located in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture. The owner wanted to make a place where anyone can go to get a meal and have fun! He certainly succeeded.
The food vending machines:
The soba, udon and ramen vending machine
* Chashu-men (with meat) ramen and tenpura udon
330 to 400 yen
The toast sandwich vending machine
* Anko & Cheese or Italian toast sandwich
The hot burger vending machine
* Cheeseburger, Curry Burger or Tar Tar Meat Sauce Burger
There’s also an old Coca-cola bottle vending machine, a cupnoodle machine, a vending machine with store souvenirs and some gachapon machines.
What was most impressive was that the restaurant was super clean.
There’s no staff so people clean up after themselves recycling and wiping up where they sat and ate.
Where is Jihankishokudo?
Address: 〒372-0833 群馬県伊勢崎市富塚町293−3 パレス本丸
The nearest JR station is HONJO 本庄駅
and then a 10 minute taxi ride / 1800 yen or 40 minutes to walk it.
Tobu Isesaki Line stop in SHIN-ISESAKI
Joetsu Shinkansen stop is WASEDA-HONJO早稲田本庄 then a 15 minute taxi ride, approx 2500 yen
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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.