Food is something that energizes us. It also animates wisdom and creativity of people and the flow of goods.
When it comes to fast foods, EDO is the home of Tempura, Sushi, Soba and Unagi.
Nowadays the cuisines which were created by the EDO locals are considered as luxury foods.
They say that in the beginning, the city of EDO only had the EDO castle which stood in the wilderness.
Merchants from "Kamigata"(Kyoto and its' environs) all “headed down to” EDO (now known as Tokyo) and initiated the first examples of EDO food culture.
"Kamigata" refers to where the Emperor resides.
Thus, whatever originates in "Kamigata" (literally meaning "the upper side") “heads down” as "Kudari-mono" ( things which travel down ) to its destination.
To be continued…