I was at the Rub-a-Dub event this Saturday. Rub-a-dub Nairobi is an event where different vendors set up stalls to sell their wares in one open space with a Dj and bands playing. It’s like a funky market place. Of all the stands that were on display, the stall that grabbed my attention, being the nihongo student that I am, was the Cheka Japanese Izakaya Restaurant.
“Try some Japanese wine…” came the offer that stopped me in my tracks. Not the wine bit, the Japanese bit. I looked over and the ladies at the stand were clad in adorable African fabric kimonos and on the display table was an array of Japanese products. From wine to whiskey to sake and a variety of Japanese foods including sushi.
In an attempt to show off my scanty Japanese I asked,”Sake ga sukidesu ka?” (Do you like Sake?) A bit puzzled at the fact that I spoke to him in Japanese he nodded. He went on to explain a bit of the origin of sake and that he preferred it warm not chilled. Sake is a Japanese liquor made from fermented rice. You can check out the Cheka Japanese Restaurant here.