Japan is a very food-oriented country. And Japanese cuisine is famous abroad. Even though most foreigners automatically think “sushi” when they think of Japanese food, the universal opinion is that the food is great. Some visitors have maybe tried some sophisticated Kyoto-style menu with dozens of different small bites. But there is also a different side to Japanese food that most foreigners don’t really know of. It’s a much more rustic and savory side which can be best sampled in the food stalls that line the streets during festivals.Yakisoba (grilled soba noodles), okonomiyaki (a kind of mega-pancake with whatever you like as ingredients) and takoyaki (grilled octopus balls) are some of the most notable proponents of this food genre. If you were looking for the subtle taste of Japanese high cuisine, you’re at the wrong address here – tastes are strong, there’s a lot of soy sauce and other condiments such as ginger and bonito flakes. But you won’t leave hungry for sure. Ingredients are often octopus, shrimp, eggs, Chinese cabbage and the like. But also skewers like yakitori are popular street food.