Sparky had seen Yakitori on a travel show, and was excited about it to the point that he was ready to hop a plane to Tokyo. Fortunately, my brother's favorite place was right around the corner from where we were staying, so we headed there for dinner. Sparky immediately ordered a bacon-wrapped quail egg and a chicken skin skewer, and liked them so much that he wouldn't share and we had to order our own. The rest of us were a little bit less proprietary with our skewers, and so we were able to try quite a variety:
Quail egg and chicken skin
Chicken hearts, chicken cartilage, shishito peppers straight-up
Chicken gizzard, scallop
All were fairly plain, lightly seasoned and grilled quickly with very high heat - and we liked this approach. A lot.We also got to try their special "maki," I forget what it's called, but it's a tube shape of takoyaki (an octopus pancake - which I quite liked, it was a bit starchy, but with tender chunks of octopus) buried in tempura crumbles topped with spicy mayo. Hidden inside the tempura crumbles is a "prize" that Sparky found - a tiny, candied crab. He pounced on it and pronounced it good.
Having a child who will eat his vegetables - good. Having a child who willingly digs through a pile of food he's never tried before to taste a food he's never tried before - priceless.
We finished our meal with of shiso (a green vegetable related to mint) onigiri and green beans with really teeney anchovies - delicious.