… a 130 year old institution goes up in a sea of flames
the other night, i heard that (horrors!) kanda yabu soba was ravaged and completely destroyed by a big fire. i was there last feb and was looking forward to going back again this may, with the rest of the gang.
what a waste. this hugely popular soba shop had been around since 1880 and had taken the time to perfect its cuisine. in fact, the 1923 era wooden building (known as sukiya-zukuri 数寄屋造り) it resided in had been conferred ‘historical building’ status; stepping into it was like taking a step back in time.
alas! it’s not meant to be. but i will wait patiently for its resurrection. for now, i can only dream about it.
here are some screen shots from NHK on 19 Feb. apparently the fire started around 720pm and then spread to 4 other buildings nearby.
here are our memories of the shop. we got lost while trying to find it. finally, we got help from a convenience store staff and lots of arrow signs with やぶそば written on it. and the food didnt disappoint. everything we had was nice!