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My Last Visit to Kamakura

You may remember some videos I made about our move to Canada. The last one I did was exactly two weeks before our move. I found it difficult to do the other videos because of a lack of time and motivation. However, since I’ve been working on my YouTube channel quite a bit lately, I’m feeling the motivation to get those videos all finished. So, here is the next video in the series.

In this video, we visited Kamakura for the last time. It’s probably my favourite place in Japan, especially since I lived there for four years, but also because of the history and beautiful places. Enjoy the video!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

From East to West: 41 Days – Favourite Restaurants

Here’s the next video. Two in twelve hours! This time, we went to a local restaurant that happens to be in the Michelin Guide. The food is great. Enjoy.

If you’re interested in trying out this restaurant, here is their website, which includes a map. They’re only open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday.

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Look good? What do you think?

Unusual Sushi at Sushiro

My sister’s first night in Japan, and we went to Sushiro. It’s a kaitenzushi restaurant, or a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. But what I’d like to show you is what I tried. These are all new dishes at Sushiro.

First up is bacon sushi. That’s right, bacon! What a wonderful combination. Of course, it was cooked.

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Next up is chicken sushi. This is also cooked. It was quite good, and it included the skin.

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And finally, for dessert, wasabi ice cream! I’ve been wanting to try it for years, and now I could!

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It’s white! I was kind of expecting green.

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So, how was it? It started off being kind of like vanilla. I didn’t find it hot or even taste like wasabi. I thought it was quite mild. But with each mouthful of ice cream, I could feel the kick of the ice cream. It got stronger and stronger the more I ate. I really liked it!

So, what would you like to try?

Going to a Theme Restaurant

Last month, a new restaurant opened in Yamato, just north of Fujisawa, the city I live in. It’s a dinosaur themed restaurant. While my sister is here, we’re going to eat there.

Japan has a few themed restaurants. There’s a ninja restaurant in Tokyo that you need to reserve more than two weeks ahead. There’s a Gundam themed restaurant in Tokyo, as well.

Have you ever eaten at a themed restaurant?

Teuchi Udon Jiyuseki – Niku Udon and Maitake Tempura

Today, after nearly five years of living in this neighbourhood, we decided to try out the nearest restaurant to our home, Teuchi Udon Jiyuseki. It’s an udon restaurant that makes their own udon noodles. It’s very popular, but is only open for lunch between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

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The exterior is interesting. It looks like a log cabin.

One of the reasons we decided to go today was this:

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This restaurant is included in this year’s Michelin Guide for Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Shonan.

That’s right. It’s in the Michelin Guide for Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Shonan this year! We had to go.

My order turned out to be a lot bigger than I expected. First, I started with the dashimaki tamago, which is fried egg cooked in light soup. It was 200 yen.

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The egg comes with grated daikon radish.

My main dish was the niku udon, or meat udon. It came with beef, onions, fish cake, seaweed, and tempura batter, and was in a light soy sauce based soup. On the side were two pickles. It was 800 yen.

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Niku udon with a side of pickles.

And my final dish was maitake tempura, which is a mushroom called hen-of-the-woods in English. It also came with a piece of goya tempura, or bitter melon. It was 350 yen.

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Maitake tempura and goya tempura.

Starting with the egg, it was very good. I love this type of egg. It’s got an extra flavour from the soup it’s cooked with.

The udon was served at the perfect temperature. It wasn’t too hot. The noodles were handmade, and were not too soft, not too firm. They were just right. The meat was good, as well. I ordered the 300 gram serving of noodles, but it really filled me up.

The tempura was delicious. I’ve found that maitake is one of my favourite mushrooms, so I just had to have it. It was actually a special dish, which is not on the regular menu. It turned out to be very filling. It also came with a green salt, and I really don’t know why it’s green.

Overall, it was a very delicious and filling lunch. It was quite reasonable. It’s open for only 3 hours a day, and it serves lunch to a lot of local workers, so it gets busy around then. It’s best to go early, like we did. It’s also a small restaurant, so there aren’t many tables, and there is counter seating. I liked how it looked inside, very much like a log cabin.

The restaurant can be found in the Ishikawa area of Fujisawa city.

You can visit their Facebook page, as well. Apparently, someone working there (the chef?) can speak English.

Not My Typical Thursday

Plans change.  We were originally supposed to go to Kamakura, see some temples and shrines, and have lunch at Kua’Aina, a Hawaiian hamburger restaurant.  It’s for my birthday.  However, the weather isn’t very good, so we were going to postpone it until next week.

Plans change.  We got a call from my wife’s father a couple nights ago, and now we’re going up to my wife’s hometown where we’ll see her family’s dog.  She’s old, and it seems she’s close to being on her last legs.  But we’ll be treated to lunch at Big Boy.

It’s more than an hour away by train, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to read.  I won’t be bringing any books, but I’ll read on my phone.  I may get a lot of Blood Skies finished today.

Keep checking back here today, because I may be posting a few updates about the day.  With pictures!

Freshness Burger – Lime Soda

A little quick one this time.  My wife and I went to Freshness Burger before visiting our daughter in the hospital (one reason I’ve been very quiet with blogging recently), and I ordered the Lime Soda.  Let me just say that their sodas are made with real fruit.  Not only do they put the fruit juice in the soda, they also put half of the fruit itself in!  It tastes really good.  I just wish there was more in the glass, and not so much ice.  Definitely try it.

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This is some great lime soda!

Hidakaya – Chuuka Soba

I love ramen.  However, I didn’t have ramen.  I went to Hidakaya, a really cheap ramen restaurant that seems to have removed my favourite ramen from their menu.  However, I decided to have something similar, Chuuka Soba.  I usually had Chuuka Chashumen, which is basically soy sauce based ramen with pork slices.  Chuuka Soba is basically the same thing, except fewer pork slices and an added sheet of nori seaweed. Well, it tasted about the same, except for the lack of pork.  It also included some leek and bamboo shoots.  I like it, though it’s not a strong flavour.

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Chuuka Soba.

I ordered the gyoza set, so it came with 6 pieces of gyoza.  The gyoza is your usual gyoza.  Not exceptional, but still decent.  You have to make your own sauce with the provided soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil.

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Gyoza.

Overall, it only cost me 580 yen.  Pretty cheap!  It’s always nice to find a cheap place to eat that serves good food.  It’s also very popular.

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Hidakaya. The sign on the left says “Chuuka soba. 390 yen”