It's officially beach season here in Japan! For the next two months, gym Rats and small-portioned eating fairies will get to strut their stuff on these sandy wonderlands while showing off their perfectly sculpted bodies. I don't have the statistics, but my gut feeling tells me that for the months of July, August and September, Japan's population chart's in the green. A glimmer of hope in this dire period, for this island nation. Enoshima is a short train ride from Tokyo and is popular among Tokyoites. Here, like any other beach in Japan, you can find beautifully sculpted Gods and Goddesses taking selfies, suntanning, swimming and mingling with their kind. I, for one, cannot understand how this is possible. Just cross a bridge and you'll get to devour a whole lot of amazing food! How on earth am I gonna get a six pack and gain the title of God?! The odds are stacked up against me with the existence of these 5 foods in Enoshima.
1) Shirasu Pan (Tobiccho)
The area around Enoshima is famous for Shirasu (Baby Sardines). They get really creative with the usage of Shirasu. Shirasu Don, Shirasu Croquette, Shirasu Pizza and many others. One of my favorite snacks to have as I'm waltzing around the island is Shirasu Pan. You can get 3 of them for 250 yen and they are worth every yen. After biting into its chewy skin, your mouth will come into contact with hot cheese and bits of Shirasu. Amazing texture with a brilliant, perfectly salty combination of seafood and melted cheese.
2) Seafood Skewers (Harumi Shokudou)
Harumi Shokudou's Seafood Skewers are not as creative as the Shirasu Pan, but they are just as amazing, if not better. You can choose between scallop or whelk, or if you've completely given up on the idea of getting a six pack, like me, you could get both. 400 yen is a small price to pay for pieces of grilled, super fresh shellfish on a stick. Drizzle Teriyaki sauce on it and you've got yourself a party in your mouth. King Triton might incur his wrath upon you for chewing away at one of his citizens, but this is definitely a risk that you should take. Just don't enter the sea smelling like barbecued seafood and you should be alright.
3) Tako Senbei (Asahi-Honten)
This is probably the most popular entry in this post. There's always a line at Asahi-Honten and they are famous for their Tako (Octopus) Senbei. This is not your ordinary Tako Senbei. There's actual, real octopus in the senbei! This is some David Copperfield voodoo s$%&! Tako Senbei has a thin biscuit-like texture to it and when you get to the part with octopus, it gets a little chewy and you'll get the flavor of heavily grilled seafood. The taste and smell of octopus being cooked in an open flame opens itself to your senses. If you know what I'm talking about, you will probably part with 350 yen for a Tako Senbei without hesitation. If you don't, I suggest you get yourself acquainted with its magic. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!
4) Japanese Seafood Rice Bowls (Kaisaku)
Super hungry and snacking just won't do? Never fear! The island of Enoshima has something for you. Close to the entrance of the island, by the Tourist Information Office, you'll find yourself Kaisaku. Kaisaku sells Japanese rice bowls and holy wow, the seafood you get here is super fresh! Want something refreshing to cool yourself down, I'd recommend the Kaisen Don. A little pricey at 1950 yen, but this will definitely bring the ocean to your palate. Fancy something that's more unique to the island of Enoshima, you cannot go wrong with the Enoshima Don. It's hearty, shellfishy, eggy and tasty. At 1400 yen, you will have a happy smiley when you are done with this baby. Definitely worthy of the money!
5) Azuki Ice Monaka (Kinokuniya)
It's time to cool yourself down with a dessert and there's no better place to get one than at Kinokuniya. Kinokuniya sells Japanese sweets and Ice Monaka. Ice Monaka is basically ice cream sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers made from mochi. They sell a variety of flavors, but my favorite would have to be the Azuki Ice Monaka. I'm a sucker for red bean and the Azuki Ice Monaka certainly didn't disappoint. How can you go wrong with red bean ice cream on top of red bean paste? You can't! Forget the wafers. That's just added bonus to what's already an amazing combination of red bean and red bean! A perfect ending to your Enoshima food adventure and it only costs 250 yen.