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The festivals called Omatsuri (Japanese: お祭り) held in Japan means a ritual for worshipping Gods or Buddha, or an event held in gratitude towards nature. It is said that there are up to 300,000 festivals throughout Japan. At the festival, there are rows of stalls called Yatai (Japanese: 屋台) where you can buy your favorite food. Here are top 10 popular foods at the festival in Japan.
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It is simple grilled of whole body of squid savored with sweet soy sauce on sticks.
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It is a Japanese fish-shaped cake or snack commonly filled with azuki (red bean paste), custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. It is cooked on a fish-shaped iron mold. You will love the crispy exterior surrounding the warm soft cake with those sauces. Which side would you start eating from the head side or the tail? Tai is sea bream which was considered a very expensive fish and only eaten for special celebrations for good luck in Japanese history.
Wataame is cotton candy which is a fluffy candy made from sugar. This is the must-item to try! It is usually wrapped in a plastic bag decorated with Japanese popular cartoon characters.
#7. Ringo Ame
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It is known as Candy Apple in English which is covered in sugar candy coating. It is quite difficult to eat and to reach the juicy apple inside because of the hard layer of candy.
It is grilled chicken made with bite-sized pieces of chicken meat, or other meats and vegetables skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled.
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It is a savory pan fried food that consists of batter and cabbage topping with anything from meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese covered with Okonomiyaki sauce. As Okonomi refers to as-you-like. It is cooked on an iron griddle which is called teppan (Japanese: 鉄板). You may try wide variety of okonomiyaki.
#4. Yaki Tomorokoshi
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It is grilled corn topped with soy sauce, miso, or butter on a stick. You will be attracted by the smell of grilled soy sauce. You will find the best combination with the sweetness of corn and the saltiness of soy sauce.
#3. Choco Banana
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It is Japanese sweet which is a half of banana covered with chocolate sprinkles on a stick.
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Probably, it is one of Japan’s best known street foods and is grilled ramen noodles topped with cabbage and sweet sauce. Surprisingly, it is originated in China.
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It is a great street snack which is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special moulded pan filled with diced octopus. You will love the crispy on the outside and full of flavor.