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【英語】”Yakiimo” : 晩秋にはホカホカの焼き芋を!

“Yakiimo”  「焼き芋(やきいも)」 : Japanese roasted sweet potato

“Yakiimo” is a roasted sweet potato, a very popular snack in Japan, especially during the cold days in late autumn to winter season.  
「焼き芋」はサツマイモを焼いた日本のおやつで、特に寒い晩秋から冬の季節に楽しまれています。

 

It is a well known Japanese winter scene to see a street vendor pulling a cart or driving a small truck, which carries a special wood stove cooking “Yakiimo”, and selling around in the parks or in residential areas.  Vendors will make a special whistle-like sound and call out “Ishi-Yakiimo” in a special tone to tell that they are close by, and customers are able to buy freshly cooked “Yakiimo” just ready to be tasted.

 焼き芋屋が専用の釜を載せた屋台や軽トラックを使い、公園や住宅街を売り歩く姿は良く知られた日本の風物詩です。 焼き芋屋は独特の笛のような音と石焼き芋との掛け声で近くにいることを知らせます。お客は出来たての石焼き芋を頂けます。

 

These “Yakiimo” are called “Ishi-Yakiimo”, which means sweet potatoes are roasted on hot pebbles. Sweet potatoes are buried in the pile of small pebbles, which are heated by wood stove.  Sweet potatoes are indirectly heated through hot pebbles and very gradually roasted taking time.  This makes the “Yakiimo” very sweet and tasty.  “Yakiimo” sold by these vendors are usually handed over to the client wrapped in news paper as seen in the picture.

これらの焼き芋は「石焼き芋」といい、小石を用いて焼き芋が作られています。サツマイモは小石の中に埋められ、その小石は釜で熱せられます。小石により時間をかけて間接的に加熱されることでサツマイモはとても甘くおいしくなります。売られる焼き芋は多くの場合、写真にあるように新聞紙などに包まれて渡されます。

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Today, the number of these street vendors have decreased, and “Yakiimo” is more often enjoyed after purchasing them in super markets or convenience stores.  Still, you could enjoy “Ishi-Yakiimo” from street vendors in some parks or at festivals.

 

 

Please try it if you have a chance!

 

 

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