“From Yokohama to Kamata, then to Unoki. I headed to Yokohama West Exit in search of a book called ‘Suikoden.’ I peeked at the traditional Japanese sweets corner at Takashimaya.

There, I found an appealing chestnut-steamed yokan wrapped in bamboo skin.

I asked one of the hardworking female staff diligently arranging the products. ‘Is this delicious? This is from Matsubaya, right? It’s nicely balanced in sweetness. Suitable even for someone dining alone.’ People seem to discover these while traveling. They are quite popular. Oh, I see. They restock on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Today is Saturday. Two weeks ago, I got some from Shirakaba in Kinshicho, and last week, from Bunsendo in Shinbashi. During this season, chestnuts are always intriguing. I’ll head to the cashier. The store is bustling with women, showcasing famous sweets from all over Japan. Even the people at the back have two baskets. Definitely a good choice.

I’ll move to Kamata via the Keihin-Tohoku Line. I’m curious about dumplings, so I go to Kangei. Ni Hao was delicious before, and now it’s my first visit to Kangei. At 11:35, it’s fully occupied. I wait for 5 minutes and get a table at a round one. It uplifts my mood. Dumplings and egg fried rice. They arrive within a minute.

Ah, it’s because they have wings that they’re served so quickly. I can’t help but take a big bite. Juicy with meat filling. I wished for a bit more filling. The dumpling skin is as thick as an earlobe, so I wanted a better balance with the filling. While I’m having one, the fried rice arrives. Perhaps it’s pre-made. If possible, I’d prefer it made fresh each time. I love the fluffy way the fried rice is served on the plate.

But the customers keep coming in. If they want to avoid keeping customers waiting, they have to pre-make it. The etiquette of a popular place. As a customer, it’s a dilemma. Craving noodles, I head to Hayakawa in Unoki. The yakisoba was sold out. I have the boxed set of ankake yakisoba on the station bench.

It has a strong salty taste, seeping into my body. Thank you for the meal. Now, should I return to Tama River? Thank you very much.”