Each year Japan holds more than 100,000 festivals and events. One of the charming features of Japanese events is the traditional street food vendors that appear in great numbers offering both sweets and savory snacks.
Most street food vendors, known as yatai in Japanese, follow an event circuit around Japan. While yatai can be found independently of events, its somewhat rare. Many Japanese cities don’t have much street food at all. Exceptions do exist, for example the Nakasu district of Fukuoka is known for its street food.
Most Japanese street food is based on old classics that have been around since the early 20th century or longer. In many cases, these foods aren’t sold by regular restaurants. In other cases, the foods are available at restaurants but somehow taste different from street vendors. It’s common for vendors to offer extremely salty, sweet and flavorful versions of snacks. Classic Japanese street foods include: