Street food is a staple of Japanese life. Japanese street food is most commonly found during the many festivals that happen throughout the country, and during events there's more than ample opportunity to get your street food fix. Packed with colourful yatai or “street food vendors” street food offerings include various regional sweet and savoury delicacies. Some of the most amazing street food that Japan has to offer will be tucked behind colorful stands with gleefully shouting vendors. More than the novelty or even the quality of the food, which varies from stall to stall, it is the convivial atmosphere of yatai that makes them memorable. Sadly, these traditional pushcarts are being replaced by motorized vans, which are not nearly as romantic and do not offer seating. I took a walk down the street side yatai stalls that offer inexpensive treats in my recent trip to Tokyo.
These mobile stalls offer yaki imo, ramen, oden, takoyaki, and other delights.
From noon, these little open-air kitchens form a row of colourful noren curtains and lanterns and fill the evening air with fragrant steam and mouthwatering charcoal yakitori smoke.
有的 “屋台” 则是在路旁搭起帐篷式的简易铺面，称为“设置式”。它们在来客较多的寺院神社的庙会或节日活动的会场上，摆卖“煎章鱼丸”、“炒面”、“御好烧”、棉花糖等各种食物乃至小玩具等。一般提起日本的 “屋台”，人们首先浮现在脑海中的就是这样的情形。
I really adore these street food stalls called yatai marked with colourful curtains set up shop on the roadsides, creating an enigmatic and cheery atmosphere. Yatai is one of the treats of Japan. The chance to watch the city’s people walk by, eat some of the most delicious street food in Japan, and experience the unique atmosphere is something you should not miss.