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16 February 2016

Feel Japanese Blue collar culture, Oden, Marukensuisan (丸健水産 赤羽 北区), Akabane, Kita, Tokyo, Japan

Fish paste products shop (Nerimono-ya) in local

Akabane is the famous town as the blue-collar. There were a lot of factories along Yamanote line. The blue-collar culture in Tokyo were seen around this area. After works or weekends, the workers gathered at their favourite Izakaya (pubs). Almost all izakaya were standing place. The simple and cheap but human touched Izakaya were gathered around this area.

The Maruken Suisan is very local fish products shop in Akabane. They also had the factory of the fish paste. Fish paste were shaped as Kamaboko, Chikuwa or other ingredients of Oden.
In the showcase, there were huge amout and style of fish paste products.

In chilled winter season, Oden became the most popular products in convenient stores in Japan. Oden was cooked some ingredients as boiled egg, fried fish pastes, kombu, beef tendon, fried tofu or mochi in Dashi soup stock.
large pot for Oden.
In Maruken Suisan, a large pan was placed in front of the shop and there were several high table around the shop. The pan were cooked Oden inside. The smell of Oden, mainly soup stock smell which Japanese people loved, were filled around the streets.
Mochi, Kombu, stamina Age etc.

Enjoying the Oden was one reason to visit this stand. Another reason was drinking hot Sake. The lady staff served hot Sake, warmed in microwave oven, generally sold as Cup Sake. Ichi-gou (unit to measure Sake or rice 180mL) of Sake was filled in glass.
After drinking half of glass, I added the soup stock of Oden into Sake. This style, similar to bullshot, was called as Dashi wari, popular in Akabane.

The Oden was Kanto Style (around Tokyo style). Salty dashi soup stock was including some essence from other ingredients. The warm dish and hot Sake will warm our body in chilled outside.
Jelly from fish essence.

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