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Our Favorite Izakaya

March 18, 2016

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Now, we were a bit hesitant before filming this episode. This place was awesome to us, but our experience of Japanese bars is still pretty limited. What if a place like this is standard? We’ve only been here for two months, after all. In those two months, though, we can say that this place, hands down, is the best bar we’ve been to, not only in Japan, but in the world, in a pretty long time.

Now that’s a bold thing to say. We’ve done a lot of traveling and have eaten at a lot of places. But here we feel so…happy. So happy! The people running this place are so fun, so inviting. You know, the reason why we found this place initially was just a fluke. We walked passed it many times before, and we saw that it was always packed. One day we looked more closely at the sign, and we saw one of the staff shout “COME ON! COME IN!” from behind closed doors. And we could hear him from outside, which means the people inside must have REALLY heard him. We had a good chuckle. Then we came back with a friend the next day, and totally fell in love with the place.

And it’s not just us that thinks this. We were filming with ____ and he was totally blown away as well, and he’s been living here a lot longer than we have. He, too, thinks this is the best Izakaya he’s ever been to. And he’ll be coming here without us. I’m sure we’ll probably walk passed it one day and glance inside to see ____ sitting there eating all they have to offer.

Places like this feel really special to me. You see a bunch of people with such great attitudes. They’re so much fun. Lots of restaurants you go to have people working there that hate their jobs, but these guys, they love it. They love the food they make (and it’s great food!). Or is it great food? I think so, but I’m also thinking that things taste a lot better when you’re happy and smiling. What’s the opposite of a dive bar? Dive bars are usually dark and sad and you drink there alone and grunt and things stink and life sucks. This is a swim bar. Not a dive bar. A swim bar. Is that a good analogy? I don’t know.

And, I gotta say, I felt a bit bad when filming this video at first. I was really worried about being a loud and obnoxious foreigner, and I felt really guilty about it, but I realized after a while that everyone was in equally loud spirits. You might have seen in our other videos in public we’re a lot quieter than usual. Well, we could be our naturally loud selves at this place. It feels like home! And everyone was really welcoming. Not just the staff, but everyone sitting beside us. To the right of us was a couple on a date. They came from the subway stop that’s close to the closest Ikea (I don’t remember the name). She’s in university for music and he’s a chef in the area. They both came because this place is supposedly famous (yay!). We didn’t get this on camera, but we all started sharing food and drinks together. We literally just met them and we would say “here! Try some of this sake!” and they would tell us to try theirs, and we shared some Yakisoba with them and they shared some kimuchi (IT WAS GREAT!). Then after they left the people to the left of us were on a date as well. She was in university for art and he worked at something I can’t remember because we spoke with them at the end of the night after too many glasses of sake. But I remember them being very nice. I remember everyone being nice. And the guy next to them got very drunk and we all in the restaurant chanted something which made him have to drink his entire glass at once.

Anyhow, we love this place, and we can talk about it forever. We’ll tell a story about it for our next Eatyoursushi episode. Wait: no, our next NEXT episode. We already filmed our next episode. We’ll talk about a fun story from here in the episode after that. I feel like we can talk about this place every week. Hell, let’s just set up a camera here and shoot it live with these guys!

If you’d like to go here (and you definitely have to, because we love it more than anything), the place is called Bakawarai Junsui. Here’s their website. The address is 1-10-22 Kichijoji Kitamachi, Musashino 180-0001, Tokyo. If you call and make a reservation, they’ll leave an egg on your spot, and then cook with that egg. Their number is 0422-20-3550.

Otherwise, if you want to see some more fun, we’ve got extra scenes below!

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  1. Hey guys – do you think this Izakaya will be open over golden week?

    1 year ago
  2. Thank you for posting this! I’m going to be visiting Tokyo and Hirosaki next month and was wanting to visit this izakaya.

    2 years ago
  3. This place looks Amazing 美味しい
    The website looks down is it still there or do they have any other SNS?
    Hopefully I can go when I am over in Tokyo this autumn ^_^

    2 years ago
  4. OMG!!! We definitely going to check this place out!!! Thank you for the recommendation!!!

    2 years ago
  5. OMG that looks amazing! I would love to come to a place like that , specially eating alone as well bc I would feel so at home. And omg I felt sorry for the one japanese male customer at 2;40 (sake) and 3:38 (bacon) etc when the man behind the counter gave you sake and bacon and made dish after dish and gave it to you, He was like a sad puppy with puppy eyes sayin “wut? i also want awesome food” ^^

    3 years ago
  6. Kim

    Hi Simon and Martina, my bf and I are traveling to Japan next week and we just noticed this place is right next to where we’re staying! We’d love to try this place out since it’s just right there, but neither of us know any Japanese. Does this place have an english menu? Or if you guys aren’t busy maybe we could have dinner together. ^^

    3 years ago
  7. That place looks like so much fun!!!!!!
    I cannot wait to go to Japan, so jealous of you guys, you’re just livin’ the dream :D :D :D

    3 years ago
  8. I haven’t even gotten to the video part but was reading the blog entry about you guys eating Yakisoba. I feel like a dork cause in my head I said “Omg I’ve had that before!”. We have a Japanese cultural awareness festival near where I live every may and they serve it there every year. Love that stuff!

    3 years ago
  9. You know, one of the reasons why I love watching you guys is that you can find so many intriguing back alley places, which is part of that country’s culture. However, if you visit these countries as a tourist you would never have realised that these places exist because they probably wouldn’t be listed on any tourist guide.

    3 years ago
  10. Hello, love your videos. The izakaya staff is just too funny! And the beard snafu is hardly noticeable anymore. Question: Martina, have you had a chance to visit any shrines yet?

    Side note question (as I didn’t know where else to ask this): Is it just me or is the FB link on the bottom of your “About” page linking to a broken page? (articulate, I am not)

    3 years ago
  11. It would be so awesome if you made your own EatYourSushi-izakaya :D

    3 years ago
  12. I think I know who is filming… heard his voice.

    Ollie. From KoreanEnglishman!

    3 years ago
  13. Hey… so how much did it cost all together?

    3 years ago
    • It was around $160 for the three of us to eat a drink from 5:30-11pm. Really a great deal considering how much we ate and drank. :)

      3 years ago
  14. Love the environment so cool x3 Also very hungry now :P

    3 years ago
  15. Since you guys made the soju challenge will there be a sake version?

    3 years ago
  16. Hehehe… You look so drunk

    3 years ago
  17. HA. Finally Simon can wear this shirt again… Because, yeah, you know… Taking care of that beard… I will say no more.
    Izakaya is the same hell as tapas-places (tapinerias ?) in Spain : you just eat 10 times what you would have eaten on a regular meal. And you love it. And you do it again the next week!

    3 years ago
  18. Mystery cameraman spoke! “No, I got it. I got it.”

    3 years ago
  19. Yakisoba!! That is one of my favorite noodle dishes from Japan! I have never had it with a fried egg though… I need to give that a try.

    3 years ago
  20. I HEARD MYSTERY GUY LAUGH!!!!!

    3 years ago
  21. Any place called “Laughing Idiots” is OK by me.

    3 years ago
  22. *puts on list of things to do*

    3 years ago
  23. This looks amazing, will definition try it
    I love how in Japan you can find all those little stores and restaurants that make you feel all fuzzy and warm inside. It’s a completely different bar culture than in Germany and I genuinely love it.
    I hope that you guys find a lot more places like this to share with us

    3 years ago