Ujina Oyster Shack

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday morning and early afternoon were a lot nicer than I expected. Then, around 5pm the rain came and it hasn't stopped since. And it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon. We can expect this rain to last all day. Thursday and Friday will be warm and sunny and then the rain will be back in time for the weekend. Highs this week will be in the low 20s every day! That's crazy! It's usually around 15C or 16C this time of year...

Yesterday I decided at the last minute to head to Ujina and try out the Oyster Shack there.
ujina kakigoya outside
I figured it would probably be the last chance this season. It's actually open till the end of May, but everyone knows that the warmer the water, the higher chance there is of getting sick from eating oysters. Most people say the best time to eat oysters is from mid-December to the end of February.

Considering how cold it has been (till recently) I reckoned the chance of getting sick was pretty low.

Anyway, Ujina Oyster Shack was great! On my way there, I worried that it might be tough to find because no one had been able to describe exactly where it was. However, it was a piece of cake. It's in the middle of a huge park just a few steps from Ujina Port.

And it was big! The oysters were cheaper than in Kusatsu-they were 1000 per kilogram (about 11 or 12) and there was a much bigger selection. They had shrimp, scallops, turban shellfish, eel, octopus, squid...and a bunch of others that I can't remember. They even had a bit of meat and vegies too...

We got there around 1ish and it was pretty busy. There was a mix of families and university kids (or they could have been high school kids-I don't know...they all looked young! Ha ha!)
ujina kakigoya
I'd love to go with a big group sometime, but it's almost impossible to get a bunch of people together without having one or two that can't eat oysters...but now that I've been, I can say that there are plenty of other choices.

The food was so fresh and cooking it yourself on a bbq is half the fun. I tried almost everything. I used to live in the Shonan Area in Kanagawa and it was famous for turban shellfish, but I forgot how gross they looked when you pulled them out of the shell....one was enough for me! Can you imagine what the first person who tried them was thinking? I can't! Ha ha! But if you are looking for an example of the meaning of 'adventurous', that would describe him! ha ha!
ujina kakigoya food 
And these people were smart-they brought their own mayonnaise, butter and lemons. And it looks like they brought some onigiri as well.The next time I go, I'll definitely do the same!

So, if you're feeling adventurous I'd recommend heading to Ujina to check out the Oyster Shack-but you'd better hurry up or it'll be too late for this year!

Have a great day!

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