April 23, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama
Shinya Shokudo is set in a small restaurant of the red-light district of Kabukicho, Tokyo. The chef, named “Master (Mastaa)” by patrons of the establishment, only opens the restaurant from midnight to 7:00AM. In a nightlife district like Kabukicho, customers wish to dine at any hour of the night.
Only one item on the menu, but Master, whenever possible, cooks meals as requested. In this fashion, every episode focuses on a speciality of Japanese cuisine and the adventures the the restaurant’s guests. Meals remain simple, often consisting of comfort food. As an example, one episode is dedicated to bataa-rice which consists only of white rice, butter, soy sauce and fish flakes (Katsuobushi). However simple the food can be, it is often of great comfort to eat, especially in troubled times.
The series’ atmosphere is reminiscent of the Showa period, when economic growth was promising in Japan. This is observed in the simplicity of the restaurant’s décor and meals served. The series really focuses on human connections rather than superficial aspects of life. This feeling is often referred to as Showa Nostalgia.
Here’s an example of retro-style music heard during the series:
Last time I checked, it was available here, enjoy!