Taiga dramas are Japanese year-long historical fiction television series broadcasted by NHK, and each series follows the often tumultuous life of a historically distinguished individual including warriors, swordsmen, politicians, and princesses. The 56th NHK taiga drama just premiered its first episode on January 8th, 2017, and this year, it centers around Ii Naotora, a female daimyō of the Sengoku period who became the eighteenth head of the Ii clan during the 1500s.

Titled Onna Jōshu Naotora (literally translated as "Female Lord Naotora"), the new series has already caught the eyes of historical drama fans in Japan, and taking advantage of its high viewer ratings is Japanese-style izakaya Sengoku Buyuden. The Sengoku Period-themed izakaya, located in Shinjuku's famous Kabukichō district, is now offering an Ii Naotora-inspired menu, an array of mouthwatering dishes for a feast worthy of the modern samurai.

Source: Sengoku Buyuden

The original menu includes four dishes, five drinks, as well as a 4,500 yen (US $40) course themed after the Ii clan. The course consists of eight dishes incorporating regional ingredients and food like unagi and gyoza, and all are decorated elaborately with the symbolic red color and the crest of the family.

Source: Sengoku Buyuden

Source: Sengoku Buyudenn

Source: Sengoku Buyuden

Not only is the food delicious, the interior of the izakaya itself will transport customers back to the Sengoku Period, a time of social upheaval and constant warfare. The armors of four elite warriors are also on display at the restaurant's entrance, allowing guests a look into the military equipment of Sanada Yukimura, Date Masamune, Maeda Keiji, and Uesugi Kenshin.

Fit for any warrior of the night, Sengoku Buyuden is open from 5PM to midnight from Monday to Thursday, until 11:30PM on Sundays and holidays, and 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sengoku Buyuden

Location: 1-6-2 Kabukichō, Shinjuku, Tokyo, T-wing Bldg. 4F
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By - grape Japan editorial staff.