the tiny tavern

Step off a bustling Tokyo street, down a short flight of stairs, and almost instantly, you can wind up in Fort Worth. Or at least it feels that way.

Takeshi Yoshino and his wife opened the tiny tavern called Little Texas 10 years ago, as a tribute to the state they love. Yoshino’s passion for country music first led him to the Lone Star State more than two decades ago.

In the Tokyo tavern, there are Texas license plates adorning the walls, a giant saddle-bar stool and rows of cowboy boots at the entrance. They serve chicken fried steaks, tacos and even Texas-shaped waffles.

Finding A Little Texas … In The Heart Of Tokyo

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