Last weekend there was the Namaste India Fair. This weekend, there was the Hokkaido Fair! It was held at the same place; at Yoyogi Park right opposite NHK studio park. There were tons of yummy goodies, but the ones that I were looking forward to were crab and lamb. By the way, this is not really important, but BBQ-ed lamb is referred to as ジンギスカン (genghis khan, dschinghis khan, jingisukan). It has absolutely nothing to do with the songs. ^^.
Look at all the crabs blushing on the grill. Yummy. I wanted the orangey eggs… and I wanted lots of it! It was going for 500yen a shell. Pretty cheap for freshly grilled crab eggs. The legs and other parts were sold at 1000yen. You can see how popular 焼き蟹 (Yakigani) is by the length of the queue.
Crabs are rather expensive in Japan and it’s more often than not only eaten during special occasions… that is unless you live in Hokkaido, maybe it’s a totally different story there. ^^. The popular crabs in Japan are those from the ocean. Mud crabs aren’t popular here and I haven’t really seen them around.
After downing so many would-be crabs, I was getting rather thirsty. I headed off to my next course, Genghis Khan. I love lamb. I know there are quite a number of people who don’t consume lamb because they find the meat pungent. Are you one of them?
I learnt this from visiting a Genghis Khan restaurant. ラム, lamb, is the meat from a baby sheep or lamb. Meat from a matured sheep is referred to as mutton. Both I like. That reminds me… I haven’t had mutton curry for a while…
When it got to my turn, there was no more meat on the hot plate and I had to wait a couple of minutes while “papa” cooked up some more.
On my right, there were lamb chops sizzling on the barbie. Hungry yet?
Have you seen a sausage lollipop before?
No meal from Hokkaido is complete without a glass of Sapporo Beer. ^^.
The circle is now complete. ^^.
Had to find a quiet spot to sit. There was this couple having a mini picnic behind me. Sweet ain’t it.
And for dessert, a milky white soft cone. Hokkaido milk should be safe. ^^. There was also this little “experience milking a cow” contraption nearby… 1/10 of a fake cow with rubber teats. No real cow, but close enough. Have you milked a real cow before?
This is a no no in many other countries, but in Japan, it is quite normal for one to bring their dogs out to events like this. Japanese dog owners are very well mannered; they clean up whatever mess their dogs leave behind. It’s a good thing. It’s precisely because people go to great lengths not to upset others in the same space, that these kind of things are possible. At least that’s my two yen’s worth. But sometimes they make their dogs wear shoes… this is something that I don’t quite get.
I like this guy’s bag.
Check out the tiny wheels on his bike.
I ran into our friendly neighbourhood spiderman. He didn’t mind posing for a few pictures. ^^.
Random shots around the place.
Events like this are a day out for the whole family. Usually dad rides his own bike while mum handles the kids.