New Year’s in Tokyo

Now that the Thailand posts are finished we can go back and add our stuff from Japan.

First, we decided to head over to our local temple for New Year’s Day. In Japan, the first temple visit of the year is very important, so there was a huge line out front.IMG_3090.jpg

The local mikoshi (the portable shrine) is also brought out for viewing, but not paraded around.IMG_3086.jpg

Traditionally, the previous year’s decorations are burned in a big fire on the temple grounds:IMG_3089.jpg

Finally, we decided to eat at a new restaurant that opened up in our train station. They specialize in Udon noodles and Chazuke (rice served in a hot tea and/or dashi based broth). So, perfect winter-time food.IMG_3091.JPGThe udon broth was a bit different from what we’ve had in the past. It was spiced in a certain way that gave it a gritty texture. Maybe it had a bit of beef broth mixed in with the dashi stock.

Below is what Susannah got, which was a half and half meal, each chazuke having 150g of rice (you get to specify how much rice when you order). On the right there is the salmon and ikura (salmon roe) topping; on the left is the yuba (tofu skin), simmered baby sardines, and some greens. She loved them both, but was surprised to find she preferred the yuba bowl since it was so well balanced.

IMG_3094.JPG

If you ever end up in Oimachi station, try the Chasuke place by the entrance to the Oimachi line! Just stick to the chazuke…

Advertisements
This entry was posted in 未分類. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s