Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yokai (Monster) Street!!  よかい

Its a rather rundown strip ...and I wouldn't go out of my way to visit these little critters (which are supposed to draw in visitors to the extremely tired area ) but if you are in the vicinity of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine its worth taking a short stroll south to Ichijo dori. 

Standing at the south exit of the shrine on Imadegawa dori you will see a street just east that leads south -  walk south a couple of minutes until you hit a small huddle of shops - turn west and you will run into these guys.  

There is a spooky monster parade in October each year and other monster related events -  legend has it that Monsters used to stroll down this street in centuries past. 
For more info on Monster street paste this link into your google chrome browser with Japanese to English setting switched on .

Sadly we were there on a Sunday when most of the shops were shut so I'd choose another day of the week for the best experience. 
Scary no-face monster lady
Devilishly purple ramen and black monster croquette (coloured with edible bamboo charcoal) are on sale if you dare.

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