Monday, October 24, 2005

Yamaya and Ramen and Temples... great day!

Met up with Scott today for our weekly Monday Tully's meet and greet where we discuss the weekend's happenings. This was an absolutely fantastic weekend, I am willing to say probably my best weekend since I arrived in Japan.

After coffee and salad at Tully's we headed out to Yamaya for our monthly resupply of beer\wine and oddball foods. On the way there we came across Anna and her friend Melanie (I think) and chatted with them for a bit, then spotted the girl that works at the Chinese restaurant AND a former student of ours... small town this is. Made our way out to Yamaya and I came back with some Khalua, Ketchup and Mayonaise... and while in the store it struck me that Kellogs must not have Trademark rights here in Japan... unless Temmy's is a subsidiary of Kellogs or something...

After our walk to Yamaya, we diverted to Utsunomiya Station and went down into the bowels of Lala Square to once more experience Kumamato Style Ramen at it's best. Quite simply put, this is THE best Ramen I have tasted in Japan. The broth in this kuroi (black) ramen is just simply delicious... not salty like most other ramen but just plain old tasty! Add to it the generous helping of vegetables and meat... and it's just a fantastic meal.

Here is the Ramen shop and staff who cook up this wonderful black magic bowl of goodness. The fellow on the righ, Hironori, speaks English and knows Scott and I by name... though I've only been there 3 times now. The last time we went he asked my name and almost 2 months later, he still remembers...

As we were leaving LALA Square, we bumped into Sayaka-sensei, heading in to do some shopping... again, small town. Beautiful weather today, temp around 20 degrees or so with great sunshine... nice day for a walk.

On the way back to my place, we took a different side street and stumbled upon this 15th century temple.

There was this lovely bronze statue and a large peaceful graveyard which we explored. It was interesting to see the progression in age of the grave markers from olden times to today. Some of the statues in the graveyard were so worn down by the weather that you could barely make out the carvings... wonder how old they are. In Japan, graves are not individual as in the West. The bodies are cremated and the ashes are placed within the family's grave in the patriarch's hometown. One grave marker often contains the ashes of countless generations.

The temple's carvings were spectacular.

So that's pretty much that, tonight I'm just gonna curl up to some South Park and maybe pop in a DVD or something... just chilling out after a busy weekend. Talk at ya later.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh,how beautiful it is! i really like this country!

8:21 AM  

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