I was at the Tokyo International Forum near Ginza recently where I came upon a group of food trucks standing outside, ready to serve the lunch crowd. Food trucks have been a growing phenomenon in major cities in the United States over the last several years, and Tokyo has its share as well. However, the trucks are a lot smaller in Japan. Some of them are basically converted micro-vans that are ubiquitous in this country. Others are converted 1960s-area Volkswagen microbuses, which lend a cool retro/counterculture vibe.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food this time. But I can tell you that the rotissierie chicken truck, the grilled meat van, and the “Mexican” taco rice truck appeared to be particularly popular. Both the chicken and grill trucks cook their food in the vans and slice up the meat to order. There was also a vegan food truck that I found remarkable because I have seen very few places that serve that kind of stuff around Tokyo. Other trucks served everything from Korean food to gourmet coffee.
By the way, if you happen to find yourself in that neighborhood, I recommend checking out the Tokyo International Forum. It was designed with a maritime theme, which is especially obvious when you look at the ceiling. Go to the top floor of the building for a closer look. It’s a cool example of modern architecture in Tokyo.