We’ve been watching the Japanese series “Midnight Diner” on Netflix and it’s entertaining and addicting to watch. The show is centered in an Izakaya, a small casual eatery with colorful characters. I ventured onto Fudo-dori street with small restaurants and stores which very much look like the show’s setting.

I met Kawakamy who has cooked chicken yakitori for 40 years and spoke no English. He was delightful and the street is where the locals shop and eat, a true feeling of community.