The Tourist

I have been in Japan with my friends for three days now and every minute that has not been sleeping, has been seeing everything that I could.

HIROSHIMA

One sobering experience was going to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Look at this statute: Very sad.

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This is the Atomic Bomb Dome. It now stands exactly as it did after the bombing on August 6, 1945 (with a few minor preservation projects).

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FLOWERS & KOI

On the light side of things, one of my favorite activities so far has been visiting a Japanese garden.

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I loved the simple joy of feeding the koi. As I was preparing this blog and going through my pictures, I realized I took five pictures of the garden and at least 30 of the fish. My stepdad, the fishing enthusiast, would be so proud.

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There has been some free exercise in which I was woefully and completely out of shape for.

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I did make it to the top of these stairs but it was not pretty. You would have thought I was having an asthmatic attack. And, I was dripping sweat. It was just a tiny little reminder of how much work I have when I get home. But, that is later.  For now:

NOODLES

Japan is the land of the noodles. Udon. Ramen. Noodles everywhere.

Yesterday, we went to a private kitchen up in the local mountains to make noodles.

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We started out with just two simple bags of different kinds of flour. Added water with some turnip paste mixed in. From there, it was a whole lot of kneading and rolling. Then, to the fun part: Cutting the noodle dough with a giant knife.

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After that, our instructor boiled our creation and dressed up our bowls. As you can imagine, we had some pretty funny noodles.

Taaaa-Daaaaaaa. From Scatch.

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SUSHI

So far, my favorite food experience has been conveyor belt sushi.

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The belt was a rolling. My eyes were a following. My hands were a grabbing. And, I was grubbing. HEAVEN.

And, we definitely ate our share. It was so yummy.

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GREEN TEA

I’m loving the green tea.

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I was delighted to see this little handy creation.  A pot of matcha green tea powder at the table with each table having its own hot water spout.  GENIUS!

 

5 thoughts on “The Tourist”

  1. I totally changed it. Hehehe. It’s 5 in the morning here and and 3pm in the afternoon at home. I’m completely out of whack! Thank you for the help. And, it is nice to meet you!

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