Why did this stand-and-eat soba noodle shop in Tokyo open in the middle of the pandemic?

Originally published on Sora News by Krista Rogers

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At a time when many small restaurants are going out of business, we speak to the manager of one that took the exact opposite approach.

While some of our staff take joy in tackling gargantuan food challenges, our Japanese-language correspondent Seiji Nakazawa is the resident connoisseur of stand-and-eat (“tachigui”) soba restaurants, having visited just shy 260 of them in Tokyo at this point. A restaurant called Nojiro recently became Seiji’s 269th stand-and-eat soba shop experience, but something special sets this one apart from all of the others he’s visited–the fact that it opened in the middle of a

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