Angkringan Jogja Spreads Building Grounds in Tokyo, Japan

For those who are visiting Japan and miss Indonesian snacks, don’t worry. On the streets of Tokyo Metropolitan, Japan, there are now 4 angkringan Yogyakarta branches available.

Angkringan Jogja may already be familiar among Indonesian people. This roadside stall from Yogyakarta and Solo is quite easy to find in several big cities in Indonesia.

Angkringan comes from the Javanese language ‘angkring’ which means a place to sell food. The menus that are sold are usually side dishes and various kinds of satay. Do not miss the nasi kucing (mini sized rice wrap) and joss coffee (coffee with charcoal).

Some time ago, social media had a stir with a video of Angkringan Jogja stalls in Japan. The video was uploaded Taufik Sanko’s YouTube account, Thursday, November 7, 2019. The Angkringan is indeed real.

Angkringan Jogja, which is expanding in Japan, was made by a native Japanese citizen named Jun Kitazawa. Jun is now known to be living in Jogja.

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Initially, Jun included this angkringan project at the 2019 Tokyo Festival art exhibition. The exhibition was held on 1-10 November 2019 and raised the theme ‘Nowhere OASIS’.

After the exhibition, Jun decided to develop this angkringan Jogja in his hometown. A total of 4 angkringan are scattered in the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater building, around the station, as well as offices and shopping in the Ikebukoro District, Tokyo.

Jun carries the nuances of Yogyakarta in each of his angkringan stalls. Starting from the tent angkringan, carts, petromax lights, to the high wooden seats that surround the cart. Not only that, the sellers are also Japanese citizens who can speak Javanese.

In building the four angkringan, Jun was assisted by a community of Indonesians residing in Japan.

Some videos that are spread on social media tell this Angkringan Jogja always full visited by local Japanese residents.

Taufik, the uploader of this angkringan video also briefly interviewed the owner of the shop, Jun Kitazawa.

According to Jun, he was having difficulty getting exactly the same side dishes as the Angkringan Jogja in Indonesia. Therefore, Jun makes use of other menus that are still affordable and easily obtained in Japan.

Through this angkringan, Jun wants to bring a warm atmosphere between relatives when eating together, like in Jogja.

“I see Japanese people are very busy working. There is no place to relax like this. So I brought (angkringan) here,” he said.