Hot dogs are a classic food at American barbeques and diners. On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Shake Tree Diner will be introducing the Sumidagawa Dog, which resembles a boat on the Sumida River.
Experience the past, present, and future connected by the Sumida River and its fusion of cultures with a Sumidagawa Dog.
The Sumidagawa Dog is a pork sausage smoked slowly over cherry wood chips which add a rich aroma and flavor. The cherry wood chips are also a nod to the Sumida River area which is known as a great spot for viewing cherry blossoms.
This nicely crispy dog is served on a toasted bun and can be ordered with or without cheese. You can also add a variety of toppings including jalapeño peppers, relish, and coleslaw to create your own version of the Sumidagawa Dog.
Since the Edo period (1603-1867), Tokyo has thrived as a “water city” thanks to its rivers and waterways. The Sumida River has supported people’s lives, and the economy, as the key to water transportation as well as serving as a popular place to gather for events such as cherry blossom viewing and fireworks festivals. Ukiyo-e art and plays from the Edo period show how much the Sumida River was loved by the people of the period.
Over the years, the Japanese culture found along the Sumida River has blended with others from around the world to become well-known and popular among people all over the world.
Based on the concept of “valuing local history and culture,” the restaurant displays a glass star-spangled banner created using the traditional Japanese craft of Edo-Kiriko (Edo-faceting) and a traditional Japanese folding screen decorated with a modern art depiction of the flow and diversity of the Sumida River.
These works of art were commissioned and created with the hope that they will represent the diverse cultures, styles and backgrounds of the people who visit Shake Tree Diner.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), an ukiyo-e artist active in the late Edo period, was born in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, where Shake Tree was founded.
Because of Hokusai’s close connection to Sumida-ku, we’ve used “Viewing the Sunset over Ryōgoku Bridge from the Onmayagashi Embankment” as our inspiration, and the key visual, for the Sumidagawa Dog.