Mount Fuji is an elusive hill. We did get to see it, which happens to be a rare event due to weather conditions usually surrounding the mountain, but my picture of it was less than breathtaking, and I also just accidentally deleted it, so no mountain for you. Not much else to say about the Fuji region, except that horse is a popular meat there. I tried some for lunch. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.
Then it was down to visit Kimi’s
place. Hung out in Nara
, which is full of deer. It’s also home to Tōdai-ji
, a large temple complex housing a 500 ton Buddha statuette which I poorly photographed
Came back and we were hosted by Kimi’s boss-types from the JET Program
. It was a non-stop culinary bonanza in an old-school Japanese restaurant in a little wooden room with paper doors, sitting on the floor, and lots of food, mostly uncooked aquatic life with some other treats. There had to be about 25 unique pieces that were served over the evening. Some were bizarre – Yuba
a mini-simmering pot of soymilk – every couple minutes skin forms at the top, and you pull it out, dip it in some sauce and eat it.
There was more to the day, but you probably won’t hear about it because I’m done typing now. Munch on some pictures instead:Day 1 & 2 photos moved to a separate page....