On August 12, 2012 Hiroshi and Hiroko took us to a public bath and later we went to a Yakitori Ya, which is essentially a chicken 'shish kabob' style place. We sat at a bar with the chef and as many as three employees on the other side. We could order items and they would then be prepared in front of us. The grill being used was a double electric grill, which I found a little unusual. Apparently many such places in Niigata have had to close, but this one has remained popular and does a good business.
Being there with friends and being in an atmosphere where the chef appeared to be quite cheerful and kept up a running banter with his employees, kept us amused. I found the banter to be quite entertaining.
Of course the food was interesting (read chicken skins) and quite delicious.
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