TOKYO - Fifty-two restaurants that serve curry in Tokyo's Kanda district will compete in a contest to be crowned the neighborhood's top three curry eateries.
With the number of participants doubled this year, organizers of the 3rd Kanda Curry Grand Prix, which will begin Monday, are hoping to promote the Kanda district-already widely known for its streets of secondhand bookshops and musical instrument stores-as a curry town.
Currently, there are more than 300 restaurants that serve curry in the Kanda district in Chiyoda Ward and its surrounding area, according to a survey conducted in May by Kanda Karegai Kasseika Iinkai, a committee set up by local curry lovers to promote the district as a curry town.
Last year, only 24 restaurants took part in the contest. Based on the latest survey result, the committee this time called for more restaurants to participate in the contest, and thus received applications from 52 eateries.
Due to the limited space in the venue where the contest is scheduled to be held, an Internet poll will be held as a preliminary contest for the first time from Monday through Sept. 30.
To avoid irregularities in the Net polling, such as voters repeatedly casting ballots for the same restaurant, each person is limited to one vote per day.
The top 15 restaurants will move on to the main contest, which will be held on Nov. 2-4 in the Ogawa Hiroba open space in the Kanda district.
Visitors will be given one ballot paper per dish, and they can cast a ballot in a box for the curry they like the most. The top three restaurants will be commended at the contest.
A committee member said, "We'd like to promote the Kanda district, where visitors can enjoy various types of curry, and hopefully this event will help boost morale in the entire district."
For more details about the contest, visit: www.kanda-curry.com/ (Japanese only), or call (03) 5259-8090 on weekdays (Japanese only).