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Kitamae Yokocho (alleyway) in Sakata Yamagata Prefecture is a food village in the Nakamichi District opened by young chefs in Sakata. At the food village there are many small izakaya’s (drinks and shared inexpensive food). This is a place where locals eat and they serve yakitori, ramen, and other izakaya-style food. On the weekends you can also listen to music.
The history of the Hakodate Morning Market started in postwar years when food was scarce and farmers from the countryside began to sell vegetables in the city. An illegal black market started outside Hakodate Station near the ferry dock, and fishmongers and rice peddlers went back and forth between Hokkaido and Aomori. Afterward the market became the “kitchen” of the city, selling foodstuffs like rice to items like melons and crab. The market sells vegetables picked fresh that morning, laid right on the ground for sale. The market boasts around 250 stalls as well as “donburi lane,” where visitors pile bowls of rice high with fresh seafood called “seafood rice bowl.”
Sakata is coast port town in Yamagata Prefecture along the Sea of Japan. Sakata was developed by merchants in the 17th to 19th century to trade rice and local products from Hokkaido to Kyoto and Tokyo. Currently the city produces some of finest sake and rice in all of Japan. It is also located near Mount Chokai and it’s network of spring water and waterfalls. The area also consumes the highest consumption of ramen in Japan.
Matsukenpan is a relatively new family run bakery in Soka City, Japan located in Saitama Prefecture. The owners are Matsuken and Mayumi who are husband and wife. Their menu includes: 1. Bread of different types 2. Croissants 3. Koppapan (sandwich). Mayumi was quoted in saying “I’m working hard to become a Matsukenpan loved by everyone.” The address of Matsukenpan is: 2-12-7 Takasago, Soka City, Saitama Kobayashi Building 1F near the Soka train station.