Sliding open the door of an unknown bar is always an intriguing, and sometimes even intimidating experience, as what lies beyond is utterly unknown. Good, bad or disappointingly bland, there’s no way of really knowing without taking the plunge.
Thankfully, the place below is definitely a good one, as walking in is like entering another era. There are no obvious nods to modernity, and similarly, there’s nothing to suggest it has undergone any major changes during the 60 years it’s been in business.
It doesn’t have a menu either, although presumably that’s because it barely needs one. Drinks-wise it’s either bottled beer or sake, and the only freshly made food on offer is chicken thigh or wings — both of which are cooked by the owner on his back-to-basics little charcoal grill. To vary things ever so slightly, pre-prepared pickled cucumbers and little bowls of animal innards are also available, provided you know to ask that is. But mostly it’s about the chicken meat and alcohol.
An overall simplicity that when coupled with the low lighting and complete lack of distractions, is incredibly relaxing. A feeling that’s further accentuated by the almost zen-like appearance of the master when he isn’t pressed into cooking.
So basically chicken or chicken. A guy who knows how to keep his workload down!
Yeah, pretty much. In his defence, it was tasty, although I guess it should be after all the practice he’s had!
This is such a cool find. One day I’ll actually drink in bars like this instead of just through your awesome photographs! 😉
Thanks! It was definitely a great place to experience. Unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been to be honest. But I’m sure you’ll get your chance sooner rather than later.
Suited me too. Never been anywhere quite like it. There’s always the hope of finding somewhere completely unique on the other side of the door, but invariably it doesn’t happen. This time, however, it actually did.
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Perhaps the only disconcerting part is they are now letting junior high students take a front row seat at the bar!
Young adults just look younger and younger these days!
We thought it a bit odd, but it seems he’s the owner’s grandson. And as the owner’s son was helping out (not that much help was needed), the 3 generations were there. The future master and helper outer perhaps?
Where is this little quaint bar at??
It’s in semi-rural Nagano, so sadly not somewhere I can easily drop by…
A remarkable place, and fortunate for us you made a record of it.
Nice to see the young clientel – who will hopefully have fond memories of his visits there.
The owner’s face in repose reminds me of Harry from Third Rock. https://tinyurl.com/ya67649p
Whilst the owner may not have his eye on you, that daruma doll certainly does.
There is definitely a resemblance!
It really is a unique place. Very happy that I got some half decent photos, as I haven’t been anywhere quite like it before. Walking in and finding such a scene was a wonderful experience.
Yeah, that one coloured in eye does make it look like it’s starting, doesn’t it…?