Shojiya-The Art of Making Soba

Chef Shoji is a master of his craft

By Alena Eckelmann   - 1 min read

Watching Shoji, the chef at Shojiya, made me realize that making soba is an art that involves passion for this Japanese buckwheat noodle, mastership of the ingredients and tools, plus a good portion of muscle power. This young soba chef trained at a well-known Tokyo soba restaurant and their overseas branch in New York before returning to the family business in Yamagata. His father, the 4th generation soba master runs the main family restaurant while the son, the 5th generation soba master, runs a branch. Of course he speaks English well and he is able to explain all you want to know about soba. Freshly made right in front of your eyes and according to the family recipe, soba at Shojiya is the ultimate soba experience in Yamagata City, and I dare say, well beyond.

Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Par...