Skip to content

Streets Paved with Gyoza

Inside Namco Namja Town in Ikebukuro is a crooked little street lined with stands featuring the best potsticker dumplings from all over Japan. It looks like an old shitamachi lane, and the choices are dizzying. Regional specialties served with a squeeze of sudachi lime or mixed with shiso leaves are joined by more, hmm, experimental fillings like cheese, kim chee, and squid. My friend Shiho and I tried a shrimp and mayo variety with a side of smashed avocado to dip them in, but the ones we really liked had traditional pork filling and looked like little piggies:

When you can’t eat another bite or drink another sip of regional beer, visit the women’s restroom and look in the mirror – there’s a ghostly animated character that nags you to wash your hands. (Sorry guys, apparently there’s nothing fun in the men’s.)

Then wander through Namja Town and check out the weird haunted house!

If you’d like to visit Namco Namja Town in the Ikebukuro area the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Are you as delighted by all things Japan as I am? Would you like to find more fun stuff spicing up your email from time to time?

Subscribe to Only In Japan, and I’ll send you all the astounding, thought-provoking, conversation-starting Japan swaglets, the minute I post them.

It’s easy: Scroll down to the subscribe button, enter your email, and push the button. You can unsubscribe at any time, of course, and I promise: no ads and no sharing of your information EVER.

Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “Streets Paved with Gyoza Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s