The pub restaurant (izakaya) Sekitoba was brought to my attention by a kind and friendly Buddhist priest. It’s located along the scenic River Sai, which has many excellent scenic views, but I think an especially good one is between the Saikawa Bridge and Sakurabashi. Sekitoba is about halfway between them. I go by there on my regular morning walking route, but unfortunately it’s never been on my regular evening drinking route. Although it’s close to Katamachi, Kanazawa’s thriving entertainment center, it’s outside the range of most people’s walking distance. That may be one reason regular customers like it.
Before I went in, I figured that with a famous name like Sekitoba (Red Hare – a reference to the huge chestnut horse appearing in the ancient Chinese epic story of the three kingdoms), the place would be run by a Chinese history fan, but what I didn’t figure was that he would also be a well-known motorcycle racer and founding member of the Yokohama Kentauros Motorcycle Club. Maybe Red Hare is a double reference. I was planning to talk about Chinese history, but we ended up talking about motorcycles.
The owner is from Yokohama, and his life experience goes on and on. The more you ask about it, the more there is to tell. He used to live like an action movie hero. But now he likes the slow and easy pace of life in Kanazawa. He says one day in Yokohama is like ten days in Kanazawa. Maybe he’s trying to balance off his wild previous life with his present quiet life in Kanazawa. I lived in Yokohama during some of those days, too, and a number of our memories and experiences overlapped. I’ll have to say thank you to the man from the Buddhist temple who recommended this place.
Sekitoba (Red Hare)
Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa-shi, Nakakawa Yokemachi 60 Signpost 1F
Open: Monday-Saturday 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:30)