… 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 didn’t disappoint. Everything we had was nice!