September 29, 2011

Nautical Nostalgia

Yagyu, a small restaurant near Futomi, a small town in the Boso Peninsula. I wound up at the train station by pure chance and needed a place to eat. This restaurant ended up being an unplanned surprise.

The first thing you notice about the place is its sense of style. This isn't merely a place that has been open for the past 40 years, it's almost like a curio shop masquerading as an eatery. The decor, the physical space, and the dim light filtering through made me wonder if the owner's intent was to recreate the feeling of being on a boat. The proportions of the benches and the table in the above photo reminded me of a cabin.

Old clocks line one wall, amid other parphenalia.

Even the spoons on the wall (behind the old-looking blender) look like they belong on a ship. The machine on the left is to make kakigori (shaved ice).

The available kakigori flavors were tacked up on the wall, along with an old kite and a gourd.

Here is milk-flavored shaved ice. Milk as in condensed milk.

A nice finishing touch on the ceiling.

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