For this last Japan post, I shall share some food pics, as well as funny sights and signs.
First the food. It was all so little and pretty and served on beautiful dishes. We often had multiple courses of sushi, tempura, miso soup, vegetables, rice, tofu and miscellaneous other items. Half the time I had no idea what I was eating. I loved pretty much all of it, although most things don't have a strong flavour. At one point, I was craving something more flavourful, so Dale and I found an Indian restaurant and had curry and fresh nan bread which totally hit the spot.
|Little octopi on a stick - just like a cake pop!|
|This was an Okonomiyaki place in Hiroshima. It's a pancake with cabbage and other vegetables on top. I'd like to try this at home - it was delicious.|
|Cutting up a giant tuna. I thought it was a dolphin or a shark.|
They love cute little English sayings on their notebooks, t-shirts, shopping bags, etc. but they don't always make sense. There are definitely a few things lost in translation.
|This was the warning in the deer park. Those be vicious deer.|
As you may know, vending machines are a big thing in Japan. Many vending machines sell alcohol but you're supposed to be of legal age to buy it. Because they're awesome like that, the kids here don't buy it.
This (below) is a coffee vending machine, with our adorable guide Michiko. You could choose cold or hot beverages and there's even a video screen that shows your coffee being made. I thought I had ordered a hot latte but I pressed the wrong button and a cold one appeared in the opening, complete with ice, a lid, and a straw beside it.
And here's more random stuff...
|This was a scene I came across in a busy Tokyo neighbourhood. It was a photo shoot of a photo shoot (the girl with the red hair is snapping photos of the pink-haired girl).|
|I saw this sign in a rural Japanese garden where they grew different types of maple trees. I'm pleased that I have a maple tree named after me.|
At the hotel in Kyoto, our room was on the second floor so we always took the stairs. Mostly only staff used the stairway and this was a sign posted on the wall just before you stepped into the lobby. I'm not sure exactly what it says, but I'm guessing it shows the angle at which you are supposed to bow, based on the age or importance of the guest. The deeper you bow, the more respect you are showing.
|This was on a ferry on a storage chest where they stored life jackets.|
|Seen in a store window. I have no answers.|
This was a sign in a streetcar. In any other country people would play the "internal organ disabilities" card and hog the priority seats.
I think I said at one point that I was going to talk more about the garbage and recycling situation. In hindsight, I don't have that much to say about it. Just that recycling is a very big deal and they don't have many public garbage cans because they don't want people mixing everything together. So even though public garbage cans are scarce, the streets are still spotless. It's rare to spot litter. There's no graffiti either.
In summary, Japan is awesome and I'd love to go back. That was a quick wrap-up but it's time to move on.