DAY 7 Yokohama for the Vegan Matsuri

DAY 7 Yokohama for the Vegan Matsuri

October 20th, 2019

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Vegan Matsuri Yokohama
Food: great stuff from vegan stalls in Yokohama, Pizzakaya (Roppongi)*

Hotel: Hotel Sardonyx Ueno*

We were both feeling better, thank goodness because it was a Vegan Festival day in Yokohama! The sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning. From Okachimachi station near our hotel, we caught the train direct to Sakuraguchiko station in Yokohama and got a train station stamp. Each station has their own stamp, just look for a table with stamp pads and the stamps. I wish I’d remembered to take an unlined notebook with me so I could have collected the train stamps in one place! Instead I have stamps in a lined book or on the backs of printouts, argh.

The Vegan Matsuri (festival) had just kicked off when we arrived and queues weren’t that bad though there was quite a crowd gathering. The location at Nippon Maru Memorial Park was great:

I started with three inari topped with soy meat, which were so delicious:

Next, a bowl of brown rice topped with veg, tofu and more of the soy meat which tasted unlike any soy based meat I’ve had in Australia. In a good way– this was way more delicious:

My final meal at the festival was a keema curry which was another winner:

I was too full to buy sweets so we went for a walk and ended up at an amusement park. We started with a ride on a ferris wheel with a great view over the bay area:

And from there, we hit the arcade games.

I’d planned for us to take one of the two tourist loop buses and explore the famous Yokohama Chinatown and go to a Taiwanese restaurant which has lots of vegan options on a separate menu, but I was just too full for any more food and the buses were quite crowded. Dee didn’t relish the idea of being on a stuffy noisy bus (I shared her sentiments as I was feeling a bit headachey) so we just walked around a bit and headed for the Landmark building to check out the Donguri store which has all the Studio Ghibli merch. I was looking for stuff from The Cat Returns for a relative but unfortunately they didn’t have anything apart from small figurines, so I got a couple of those.

Even with walking around not doing ‘much’– we’d sit down now and then while Dee ate food from convenience stores, her choices being plain rice balls/omusbi and fruit– time seemed to pass quickly. We took a few rests where we sat down for a while. We were both feeling quite tired and I got some sunburn, so we went back to the hotel to rest before heading back out to Roppongi for another Pizzakaya pizza dinner. The restaurant was full this time and we didn’t have a reservation so we had to find a spot to eat. We took an escalator upstairs at an outdoor business park type thing (think greenery and benches in a large courtyard surrounding by big buildings) at Roppongi Hills and ate our pizza there. Then back to the hotel, walking around the wonderful Ueno streets again before we called it a night.

On to Day 8.

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