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Ep. 9: "Zarzuela and Squid Ink Paella of Hatanodai, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo"

Episode Synopsis.
Inogashira (Matsushige Yutaka) who was at a shopping district in Hatanodai, entered a traditional cafe called "Attic" to check his email messages. He reads one from a Finnish friend who requested him to look into how a particular old bathhouse in Tokyo was reused for other business purposes. After having thoroughly enjoyed a good old "cream soda", he arrived at the bathhouse. The owner Todo (Kamio Yu) showed him around the place while Goro took pictures to send to his friend in Finland. While reviewing the photos on his digital camera, he chanced upon old pics of the time he spent in Paris. It also reminded him of Sayuki, who once confessed to him before... Then, Goro felt hungry. He saw a shop with the Spanish national flag in front. Its red signboard said "Spanish Diner, Ishii." Wile Goro was ushered in by the wife (Hitomi Sato), he got startled by loud popping sounds from the kitchen. He looked at the menu and was pleased to see that there are offers of half-sized dishes, too. Soon, Goro indulged himself in a one-man fiesta of Spanish cuisine: zarzuela, squid ink paella, albondigas, huevos revueltos, etc...

Drama Notes:

Featured Shops:

Spanish Diner, ISHII
Address: Tokyo, Shinagawa Ward, Hatanodai 2-1-31
Tel. No: 03-3785-6698
(You can also make reservations on this website)
How To Get There:
5 minute walk from East Exit of
Hatanodai Station via Tokyu Oimachi Line,
Tokyu Ikegami Line (map)
More info/pix:

Address: Tokyo, Shinagawa Ward, Hatanodai 2-1-15
Tel. No: 03-3784-7336
How To Get There:
4-5 minute walk from East Exit of
Hatanodai Station via Tokyu Oimachi Line,
Tokyu Ikegami Line (map)
More info/pix:

Hatanodai [旗の台]. Located in the southwestern part of Shinagawa. "Hatanodai" literally means "base of a flag". Its name is said to have been derived from the time of Heian Period, when Minamoto no Yorinobu and his troops were on their way to Shimosa Country (now Chiba Prefecture) to suppress some "abnormalities" in the area. They stopped by a shrine (now known as Hatagaoka Hachiman Jinja, pic above) to pray for victory and planted the Genji clan's white flag, in a place now known as "Hatanodai". Aside from the shrine, other places of note within the area are Showa University and Norin-ji.
(info: (pic: jinjajin)

Ep. 9 Food Glossary:
Zarzuela. A Catalan seafood stew, more known as Zarzuela de Mariscos.
Iberico ham. Also known as "Hamon Iberico" or "Iberian ham", is a type of cured ham produced in Spain and Portugal.
Ikasumi [イカスミ]. Squid Ink.
Huevos Revueltos con Salchicon. Scrambled Eggs with Salchicon (pic above from wiki), which are Spanish sausages. Here is a recipe in Spanish.
Albondigas. Meatball (made of ground beef and rice) soup
Cava. Spanish sparkling wine.

What Was Actually Said:
"Hatanodai ni supein no hata". Goro said this which means "Spanish Flag in Hatanodai" when he was in front of the shop. This was an apt line being that Hatanodai means "flag base".
Fu~ [ふ~]. Goro made puns regarding this word "fu" (which means "style") when reading the menu full of different styles of Spanish cuisine. "Fu~n" also means "Hmm, I see". It can also sound like "Hu~" and "Who".
"Kono revu~eruto reberu takai n janai no?". Goro said the "revuelto" (scrambled eggs) is "revel-takai" which means "high-level". In the subs, I wrote that the dish is a "revelation" to keep with the pun.
"Ari-Ori-Haberi-Imasokari". Goro mentioned this as a pun for "alioli sauce" which sounds lke "ari-ori". It is a mnemonic device for remembering old Japanese irregular verb conjugations: 有り(あり, ari)・居り(をり, ori)・侍り(はべり, haberi)・いまそかり (imasokari), all mean "to be". School kids learn this when reading Japanese classic literature.

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