Delta East food carts bring a touch of Portland to western Tokyo

Dosukoi Pizza at Delta East in Fussa, Japan, specializes in what owner Ryuma Sato calls "Brooklyn-style pizza." AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES
Dosukoi Pizza at Delta East in Fussa, Japan, specializes in what owner Ryuma Sato calls "Brooklyn-style pizza." AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES

Delta East food carts bring a touch of Portland to western Tokyo

by Aaron Kidd
Stars and Stripes

A community of eclectic, Portland, Ore.-inspired food carts recently opened just steps away from the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.

Delta East is the brainchild of Ryuma Sato, vice board member and creative director of Flag, a local nonprofit that aims to inspire and empower up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

These five carts — all under the Flag umbrella but with individual owners — have been serving up solid New York-style pizza, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, chicken and rice, craft beer and Ethiopian coffee since Delta East’s debut last month near the westside of Yokota Air Base.

The group is anchored by Dosukoi Pizza, which is operated by Sato and his partner, Shiori, who also serves as a Flag board member. A drawing of a sumo wrestler grappling an enormous pizza slice serves as the shop’s logo. Wrestlers used to shout “Dosukoi!” while shoving an opponent out of the ring.

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