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For those that are regular readers of the blog, you’ll know that I went to Japan in December 2012. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t yet been able to blog everything I’ve eaten there yet, so you’ll have to be patient with me. Expect a sprinkling of posts from Japan here and there for the next couple months. Here’s one I can’t wait to share: my first experience at a Michelin starred restaurant.
Cold soba noodles are perfect for the hotter summer months, serving as a great refreshing meal at any time of the day. I can just imagine being in Obuse in the summer, after spending a day roaming the town’s far out temples and quiet side streets and stopping in at this soba restaurant for a light lunch. The restaurant channels that zen vibe from the moment you walk in, with the bubbling water fountain at the entrance, the straw tatami mats in the seating area, the simple calligraphy based art, and the rustic, traditional hand crafted pottery pieces decorating the place. It’s like the perfect retreat.
On our last night in Japan, we went to Matsuskagyu in Osaka. As recommended by the New York Times “36 Hours in Osaka” travel guide, this spot is ‘where the beef is’. After two weeks of meals made up of predominantly fish, we were excited to try a meat-centric meal for a change. We headed to the Fukushima location where up a flight of stairs, and through a narrow walkway we were seated in a semi-private booth with an inlaid tabletop grill. All seatings up there have half curtains that lend a sort of privacy to the diners sitting inside so that they can grill and drink more intimately.
After a fun-filled three days in Tokyo, we had to regretfully say goodbye. Our last dinner was spent in the Ginza district, the Japanese version of New York’s 5th Avenue only cleaner, neater and newer. Making our way to Tamasushi or Tsukiji Sushi, we took the elevator up to the relatively small restaurant. I immediately fell in love with the bar seats – large scale prints of Hokusai’s legendary “Great Wave” print ( a favorite of mine) adorn the backs of the chairs. We sat around the bar and almost immediately, our food began to come forth.
Now, for a change of scenery. We’ve left the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind for the more quiet, rural city of Nagano. We’re here for one night, two days. Walking up the main street in Nagano, you’ll find shops that sell curio items, cute little souvenirs and dried goods en route to the Zenkoji temple at the top of the hill.
Tsukiji Fish Market is the central hub for the buying and selling of fish and seafood in Tokyo. Anything that lives in the sea can be found here – from above average quality to the most premium sashimi grade kind of stuff that is not only hard to find but costs an arm and a leg too. There are also fish auctions that are held here. If you’ve seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the scene where Jiro’s son attends the tuna auction at the market is pretty spot on.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! You get the idea. Ice Cream City is Japan’s premier destination for ice cream lovers. Whether you’re an amateur or a hardcore flavour seeker, this place can without a doubt satisfy your needs. National Geographic has even named it one of the top 10 places to eat ice cream in the world!