Another Akihabara icon disappears as famous rice bowl restaurant closes its doors

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

Sad demise of this Tokyo branch breaks our hearts.

When most people in Japan get a hankering for a rice bowl topped with beef, they usually head out to one of the big-name beef bowl chains like Yoshinoya, but for our Japanese-language reporter P.K. Sanjun, the best place to go is a restaurant chain called Okamuraya.

Unlike rival chains like Yoshinoya, who bill their wares as “gyudon” (“beef bowls”), Okamuraya’s bowls of beef and rice are known as “niku meshi” (“meat rice”). While both dishes essentially contain the same core ingredients — meat and rice — Okamuraya’s offerings are

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