Food Fairs and Festivals at Mitsuwa

When Mitsuwa Marketplace held its Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair a couple of weeks ago, I took their shuttle from Port Authority for the first time. It’s really easy, especially if you’re not bringing back a ton of groceries. I recommend buying a couple of Mitsuwa’s reusable bags, as they hold quite a bit.

The Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair introduced visitors to the local specialties of the southernmost islands in the Japanese archipelago. There were a lot of sweets from Okinawa, including sata andagi (deep-fried donut-like snack) and beni imo tarts (purple sweet potato pie). Popular ice cream shop Blue Seal served two flavors, beni imo and mango.

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Sata andagi
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Beni imo tart
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Goya (bitter melon) chips
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Beverages from Okinawa
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Awamori

Hiranoya of Nagasaki Prefecture served saba sushi. The saba (mackerel) is found in the East China Sea near the Goto Islands.

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Slicing saba sushi
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Saba sushi
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Genkai roll
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Genkai and anago sushi combo

Kumamon, the adorable mascot from Kumamoto Prefecture, was everywhere. He adorned drink cans, and boxes of sweets.

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Kumamon Dekopon
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Kumamon is everywhere!

Of course, no trip to Mitsuwa would be complete without a delicious meal. I had a savory bowl of Hakata Nagahama Ramen from popular Tokyo ramen shop Tanaka Shoten.

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Hakata Nagahama Ramen

Mitsuwa is having a summer festival this Saturday, August 17! In this re-creation of the Japanese-style summer matsuri with food, games, and entertainment. Throw on your yukata and hop on the shuttle to celebrate summer!

From 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Mitsuwa parking lot on the Hudson River side

  • Noon – Yosakoi 10tecomai Dance Project
  • 4:00 p.m. – Japanese Regional Dance by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York
  • 6:00 p.m. – Taiko Performance Taiko Masala
  • 6:20 p.m. – Bon Dance by the Japanease Folk Dance Institute of New York
  • 7:00 p.m. – Taiko Performance by Taiko Masala
  • 7:20 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. – Bon Dance by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

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