Street food is popular in many places around the world. They offer cheap, easy-access food that reflects a region’s culinary preferences. Yatai means “shop stand” in Japanese, and they are a form of movable food stall.
Yatai are wooden, two-wheeled push carts carried around by food vendors. There’s typically some kind of bar or barrier between patrons and vendors. Some yatai also feature fixed structures offering a couple of seats for diners.
Though there aren’t as many yatai as there once was, they can still be found at festivals, or “matsuri,” as well as on walkways and streets throughout the country. Read on for our guide to all things yatai.