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Lunch at Chanko Nabe restaurant

Posted by ALFA on April 23, 2017

吉葉
Yoshiba

午後からの「すみだ北斎美術館」探訪の前にまずは腹ごしらえ、相撲の街両国ならちゃんこ鍋というわけで「吉葉」にて私ALFAを含むメンバーの何人かでちゃんこ鍋を賞味しました。

Before visiting The Sumida Hokusai Museum in the afternoon, some of the members including me, ALFA, had lunch together. The museum is located in Ryogoku, known as the town of Sumo, so we had Chanko Nabe at Yoshiba, Chanko Nabe restaurant. Chanko Nabe is one of pot dishes with various kinds of vegetables, seafood and meat, served at Sumo wrestler stables.

「吉葉」前にて

「吉葉」は吉葉山(昭和の横綱)が後進の指導にあたった宮城野部屋をちゃんこ割烹の店にしたもので、現在も真ん中に土俵があり外国人にも人気が高く相撲観戦後の接待にもよく使われるお店です。

Yoshiba is a Japanese restaurant converted from Miyaginobeya Sumo stable which Yoshibayama, one of the grand champions Yokozuna about 60 years ago, used to be the stable master to lead young Sumo wrestlers. So there is Dohyo, the sumo ring, at the center of the restaurant even now. The restaurant is popular among international tourists, and often used for wining and dining after watching Sumo.

吉葉山
「吉葉」内の土俵

建物もほぼ当時のままで外観も風情があり、昨今ビルの入り口に○○部屋という看板がかかっているだけの相撲部屋より雰囲気があります。

The building is preserved almost as it was with the retro looking appearance. Sumo stables these days are in ordinary buildings with just the doorplate of the stable, so the restaurant has a much more stable-like atmosphere.

「吉葉」外観

まず、土俵とコースターの土俵の絵を見ると一気に相撲モード。ランチメニューはちゃんこ鍋の他お弁当やお寿司等もありますが、ちゃんこ鍋は塩味、醤油味、味噌味、辛味噌味の四種類。私たちは塩味と味噌味を注文、たっぷりのお野菜と肉魚類のヘルシーなお鍋、最後に雑炊でしめました。

Looking at the Dohyo and coasters with Dohyo pictures on it, we got excited as if we were in the Sumo arena. Box lunches and Sushi are also listed on the lunch menu. The top favorite Chanko Nabe has four flavors of soup, salt, soy sauce, Miso and spicy Miso. Miso is a Japanese fermented soy bean paste. We ordered salt and Miso soup, enjoyed healthy dishes of vegetables, sea food, meat, and rice porridge at the end.

コースター
塩味ちゃんこ
味噌味ちゃんこ

食後、JR両国駅に戻って他のメンバーと合流、江戸東京博物館脇の桜並木を通り抜けて「すみだ北斎美術館」に向かいました。JR両国駅横に両国江戸NORENというレストラン・土産物店および観光案内所が設けられており、その中にも土俵が作られています。

We got back to JR Ryogoku Station to meet other members and headed for The Sumida Hokusai Museum through the cherry blossom lined street beside The Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum after lunch. Ryogoku Edo NOREN, the place for tourist information, restaurants and souvenir shops, is open beside the station and a Dohyo is also there.

「両国江戸NOREN」内の土俵