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    Birthplace of shabushabu visited by a number of international VIPs

    Junidanya was formerly located in the most prestigious location in Gion, just across from the famous restaurant, Ichirikitei.  It was also close to the Minamiza Theatre so people enjoyed kabuki at the theatre and then came to Junidanya for a delicious dinner.  Since one of the most famous kabuki pieces, Chushingura, is made up of 11 chapters, the owner hoped to welcome many people after they finished watching the eleven chapters of kabuki so he named his restaurant Junidanya, or the Twelfth Chapter.  It is said that the famous Japanese shabushabu dish was born here.  It was such a sensation for people in those days to savor extremely thin slices of beef cooked in hot water for just a few seconds.  The beef, naturally, must be very fresh and of high quality.  They also serve a reasonably priced lunch box.  Both the Beef Sukiyaki Bento and Grilled Beef Bento feature meat from Japanese black cattle.  Audrey Hepburn, Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel-Prize author) and many other world famous people were all Junidanya’s fans.  Also noteworthy is the fine interior decoration some of which are by Kanjiro Kawai and Shiko Munakata (both renowned craft artists in the 20th century).

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in Hiru, Gion wa Tanoshi magazine, Fujin-gaho, August issue, 2014.  *Information is subject to change.


    Name Junidanya
    Address Gion Hanamikoji-higashi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-561-0213
    Hours 11:30-14:00, 17:00-20:30 (L.O.)
    Closed Thurs.
    URL http://www2.ocn.ne.jp/~junidany/