I thought Japanese were quiet people

Whoever thought the Japanese were a meek and mild people are mistaken. They are a boisterous bunch. Michelle and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori. We were greeted by a Japanese man with a booming voice, and the rest of the men in the restaurant echoed his sentiments. Anytime anyone would enter or leave the restaurant the place would erupt in loud voices. The staff would even cheers the patrons when drinking and encourage them to drink. I don’t speak Japanese, but I’m sure I translated it correctly. “Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot!”

Here is the evidence of the loud atmosphere. The whole time Michelle and I were trying to have a conversation.

Even though it was a deafening experience, the food was awesome. The smokey, charcoal flavor transferred from the grill to the meats is incredible.

Pork belly and pork sausage. No, they’re not just cocktail weenies.

Beef tongue, chicken thigh, and some chicken gizzard added to the mix.

Chikuwa Tempura

Guess what? Chicken butt!


Quail egg wrapped in bacon.

Pork jowl. Sounds ugly but tastes delicious.

Scallops. Delicious.