My Son’s School Festival/息子の文化祭

Japanese Food

Today, I went to the so-called “cultural festival” at my son’s high school.

Note:  “School festival” (gakuen sai) is often called “cultural festival” (bunka sai) in Japan.
注: 日本では、学園祭はよく、文化祭とも呼ばれます。
At around 10:10, I had a pack of yakisoba for 200 yen.
They named their yakisoba “Healthy Moyashi-y Oishii-y Yakisoba”.
Moyashi = Bean sprouts
Oishii = Delicious
As the name suggested, it was a very healthy version!  It contained much more bean sprouts and other vegetables than I had anticipated.  My kind of yakisoba!!!
I also had curry and naan at Makai Shokudo (Devildom Restaurant) for 250 yen (if I remember correctly).
You can have a choice between rice and naan.  The curry was not as spicy as I had anticipated, and I was glad about that.
Why do they call their restaurant Devildom Shokudo?
Then, I had “hotteok” (filled Korean pancake) for 160 yen.  I also ordered a can of juice made in Korea for 100 yen (which I brought home to share with my family.)
It wasn’t spicy at all!  I had assumed that almost all Korean foods were spicy…
Edited to add:  I later learned that hotteok is a sweet containing brown sugar, some kind of nut (such as peanut and walnut), and other ingredients.
追記: 後で、ホトクとは黒砂糖、ナッツ(ピーナッツやクルミなど)などが入ったお菓子だと知りました。
I wanted to buy some “curry pan”, but I gave up because I knew that they would start selling for the second time at 12:00.
Needless to say, foods are not the only things students offer at a “cultural festival”.
This red brick front gate, built in 1916 (5th year of Taisho), is registered as a tangible cultural asset.
I dropped by this bakery, which is a stone’s throw from the high school.
I had been interested in this bakery because they sell their products at the high school at lunchtime.  My son said some of them were good, and I had wanted to know how good their bread was.
I also dropped by this imported food shop, located in the station building.
This shop is where I previously bought some corn grits and jasmine rice, among others.  Today, I bought these:
And, here are the items I bought at the bakery.
I bought a set of coffee cups at the flea market at the “cultural festival”,
and I also bought this for my daughter.
The buns, shown above, which contained walnut and cream cheese were very tasty!  The loaf of bread, called Muku (Immaculate), was just incredible!  It is bread fresh from lava oven, and it contains no eggs, milk, sugar, or butter.  It’s not as hard as French bread, and it has a very unique texture.  I love it!
The label also says, “Kazari no nai oishisa” (deliciousness with no decorations).  That says it all.

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