Several years ago I read an article about a new development project of the Japanese pensioners’ village near Haapsalu, West of Estonia, where one Japanese businessman explained how people from Japan like the Estonian climate, its straight roads, cleanliness, cheap life and low taxes and, of course, Estonian Baruto Kaito, who was by that time (2010-2013) one of the most well-known sumo wrestlers in Japan. Sure, the majority of local people may argue with these odd statements. But who said that this is normal? It’s the Japanese with their bizarre world where we find so many abnormal things and that’s why there are so many fans of Japanese culture out there. So, if you are one of them and want to get an original piece of it in Tallinn, then my advice is to go to the place called MoMo for their lunch offer.
This tiny shop/eating place is run by friendly Japanese ex-pats, some of them are already well integrated into our society and speak Estonian quite well. Always a pleasure for me to have a chat with them about this and that, listen to their modern jazz music selection and get a decent lunch offer, mostly consisting of sushi rice, wakame, different sashimis and salads. In the shop you can also get all kinds of Japanese and Korean noodles, sauces, snacks, drinks etc.
If you don’t want to waste your time walking, then take tram number 2 or 4 to Ülemiste, get out at Keskturg (Central Market) and you are almost there.