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Ep 7: "Natto Pizza and Spicy Pasta of Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida Ward, Tokyo"

Episode Synopsis. Inogashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka) visits the owner of a fish dish shop near Higashi-Mukojima Station. The client (Ito Katsunobu) wishes Goro to find an antique chest drawer he found on the internet. Goro is not confident he can find it but asks help from all his colleagues through email. When work was over, he wanders around town looking for a place to eat. He tries a cozy, snug-looking Italian-themed shop that has a kiln oven. The menu offers pizza and pasta dishes with broad, unspecific names: Natto Pizza, Ham and Egg Pizza, Spicy Pasta, Salty Pasta, etc. Goro wishes to order one pizza with two kinds of flavor but the proprietor (Nakahara Takeo) who is blunt and gruff-looking says: "There are requests I can and cannot do"...

Featured Eateries:

First Shop:

Tokyo, Sumida Ward, Higashi-Mukojima 5-29-6
Tel. No: 03-3618-6747
How to get there:
10 minutes on foot from Higashi-Mukojima Station (map)
More pics/info:
tabelog, pancakemax, bluesnow, fb, homepage

Second Shop:

Tokyo, Sumida Ward, Higashi-Mukojima 1-2-14
Tel. No: 03-3614-5371
How to get there:
10 minutes on foot from Higashi-Mukojima Station (map)
More pics/info:
tabelog, homepage

Higashi-Mukojima. A place in northwest Sumida Ward. Nearby places to visit are the Seiko Museum, Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens, and the Tobu Museum of Transport & Culture (pic above by tripadvisor).

Wakayama "Chicago". Shika-go or Shika town is located in Wakayama City. The webpage shown in this episode was an actual webpage of the elementary school there.

What Was Actually Said.
Osoreiriya no Kishimojin [恐れ入谷の鬼子母神]. I've already talked about this before (NYSP2018) but I understand this pun much better now than before. You basically say this pun when you're sorry. But "Iriya" which means "fear" can also mean "impressed" or "in awe". (In the subs, I wrote "captured a pizza my heart")

Kibi Dango [吉備団子]. A sweet snack made of sticky rice, starch, syrup, and sugar, a specialty of Okayama City. It is the snack mentioned in the folk tale, "Momotaro" wherein the hero are friends with a dog, monkey, and a pheasant.
(info/pic: wiki, tripadvisor)


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