Yatai

Yatai are casual, portable indoor/ outdoor restaurants in Japan... kind of like food carts but with the service and charm of a restaurant. Even though they collapse down to a size that can actually be rolled away on foot or by bike, yatai offer the experience of stepping under a curtain from the outside and into a private space. Yatai are predominately nighttime places offering simple food and drink; ramen or udon, yakitori, etc, and are more common in some cities than others.

Since opening our own yatai, Kotori, on the corner of SE 9th and Pine, we have been thinking a lot about these ephemeral almost-restaurants. Below are some old pictures that Kina and Gabe took on a trip to Fukuoka, one of the most famous places for yatai, that we thought you all might like...