- January 23 2016
Jinbocho’s must-try restaurant for lunch! ‘Hoshintei’ with a row of autographs from famous writers
Hi, everyone! I’ll introduce one of the most popular restaurants in the booktown, Jinbocho. Jinbocho is a historic booktown which dates back to prewar days, and you’ll see bookstores, antique bookstores and publishers. It is said to be the largest booktown in the world.
For example, Shueisha Publishing Company is in Jinbocho, which publishes a magazine ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’, home to the world famous manga Naruto and One Piece. Shogakukan, another leading publishing company in Japan, is also located in Jinbocho. They publish Doraemon and Detective Conan, which both attract readers in different generations, and the company also covers not only magazines but also novels and other publications. There are many other well-known publishers in Jinbocho that deal with a wide range of publications.
So, meetings between an editor from a publishing company and a manga artist or a writer are a very familiar sight around here. You also see a future manga artist or writer trying to make their dreams come true by bringing in their work to these publishing companies.
That is why we Japanese people feel a great deal of nostalgia thinking ‘This is where Japanese literature and manga culture derived from…’ whenever we walk around Jinbocho.
‘Hoshintei’ restaurant in the basement of Sanseido Shoten bookstore
Ok, let’s go to the faous Jinbocho restaurant where you can experience its history!
First, we go to the Jinbocho’s symbolic building, the largest bookstore Sanseido Shoten bookstore.
The whole building from the 1st to the 6th floor is a big bookstore and it is worth a visit…but, today, we are toing to the first basement of the building.
This restaurant features German beer and delicious German cuisine.
As you get to the bottom of the stairs, you’ll see the restaurant is in a relaxed atmosphere. It has an atmosphere of how we imagine Germany to be. People from Germany might possibly feel strange though…
The highlight is autographs from Japanese celebrities!
In this restaurant, there is a large collection of autographs signed by eminent writers, manga artists and critics that have loved this place.
Since they are all written in Japanese, it would be hard to tell which is from who, but it is still exciting anyway to see a beautifully signed one in Japanese Calligraphy and the one with manga illustration.
Chinese speaking visitors might be able to read and guess some of them written in Kanji.
Good reviews on the meals!
The chef of this restaurant actually learned his skills of German cuisine in a traditional student pub ‘Zum Roten Ochsen’ in Germany, which has a history of 300 years. The restaurant serves very popular and carefully cooked meals in Japan, such as a Humberg steak and stuffed cabbage rolls.
Lunch is between ¥1000 and ¥1500 with soup, rice or bread. Normally, the average lunch costs from ¥800 to ¥1000, so the price here is slightly higher.
The Humberg steak set was ¥1150 and the combo with stuffed cabbage rolls was ¥1400.
It was creamy but not too sour with tomato sauce. It was more delicious than I expected!
Unfortunately, my friend didn’t really enjoy the pasta, so it ight be wise just to stick to German cuisine there.
The restaurant is actually a beer restaurant, so you can pop in for a German beer to quench your thirst if you would just like to check this place out. This is possibly one of those rare spots that you see a business person having a beer during the day:)
What did you think of this restaurant? If you have a chance, please try this restaurant that has developped with Jinbocho and experience the history of manga and novels in Japan.