Slideshow: Snapshots from the Gourmet Japanese Fair at Mitsuwa Marketplace

Kesennuma Shio Ramen
Kesennuma Shio Ramen
The star attraction of the Fair, even on a hot and sunny day, was this spectacular bowl of ramen. Specially sourced from a diner in Kesennuma, Migayi that was devastated by tsunami in 2011, this ramen infused chicken broth with dried pike mackerel.

The resulting soup paired deep flavor with a light body, and every other component of the bowl (from the char-siu to the calling-card-sized sheet of dried seaweed) was executed flawlessly.

Ramen Line
Ramen Line
From the opening of the ramen stand at 11:00 a.m., there was a line out the door. The wait was absolutely worthwhile.
Giant Ramen Poster
Giant Ramen Poster
What was that? Sorry, didn't hear your comment because I was too busy living in a world where RAMEN IS A ROCK STAR.
Saba (Mackerel) Sushi
Saba (Mackerel) Sushi
At $12 for 8 pieces, the saba sushi was possibly the best deal of the weekend. Each serving was composed of three layers: sushi rice, gari, and wonderfully meaty mackerel.
Preparing
Preparing "Four-Harmony" Seafood Bento
Dear Photoshop, please consider "four-harmony seafood gradient" in your next software update.
"Four-Harmony" Seafood Bento
A beautiful dish among an ecosystem of beautiful dishes, this bento combined sea urchin, squid, crab, and salmon roe to form a complex and refreshing bite of uncompromising seafood.
Takoyaki Stand
Takoyaki Stand
Another eternal line formed at the takoyaki stand, where an assembly line of Japanese men worked quickly to produce boxes of savory, octopus-stuffed, griddle-cooked pancake balls.
Takoyaki Foreman
Takoyaki Foreman
Working at the end of the assembly line, this cook would keep the tempo going by shouting call-and-response mantras to his crew. Even that wasn't too much work to stop him from posing for the camera.
Takoyaki > Chicken Nuggets
Takoyaki > Chicken Nuggets
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to use a number line to confirm this inequality. Extra credit: write a proof that in all cases, Takoyaki boxes > chicken nugget boxes.
Crab Leg Inari
Crab Leg Inari
Sushi rice and bits of lotus root, topped with crab-leg meat, wrapped in tofu skin, and brushed with a sweet sesame oil.
Inari Sushi Demo
Inari Sushi Demo
Serious sushi calls for serious sushi rice. Serious sushi rice calls for serious barrel.
Live Demos Abound
Live Demos Abound
At a Mitsuwa event, half the fun is watching the painstaking assembly of sushi, bento boxes, and other treats. The words "Live Demo" marked almost every stand at the Gourmet Japanese Fair.
Makidora Cook
Makidora Cook
One of the event's cooks lays down the batter for a batch of rolled pancakes.
Tea on Tap
Tea on Tap
One of the best features of the Mitsuwa food court is unlimited free tea (green and genmai). These weak brews are by no means worthy of ceremony, but they make a fine parallel to diner coffee.
Happy Hour on Aisle 10
Happy Hour on Aisle 10
Dear New York grocery stores: Why can't you be more like this?