Saturday, November 27, 2010

Divey but Delectable

Bounty Hill, Tsurumi -  This little local eatery, surrounded by train tracks on two sides (top and back), was recently featured on a nationally broadcast Fuji network television show.  The program, Kitanachelin, hosted by the Japanese comic duo known as Tunnels (comprised of Takaaki Ishibashi and Noritake Kinashi) picks up where the famed Michelin restaurant guide leaves off. The show whose name marries the last two symbols of "Michelin" with the Japanese word, "kitanai," (meaning dirty) takes viewers to some of the most dirty but delicious dives in the greater Tokyo area. This week's episode took a peak at this fabulous but filthy restaurant built beneath the rails leading to Japan Railway's Tsurumi train station.  
For years before the segment aired the establishment looked pretty much as it does in the picture above, unassuming, uncleaned, and largely unvisited. Via the power of the tube, overnight it became the talk of the town with customers lined up out the door all day and night.


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