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bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:47 AM
One of Jon's threads reminded me of all the good food I had while in Japan, so here I'm going to post up some of the more interesting stuff I had. If anyone ever gets to go, I recommend trying everything possible, you shouldn't be disappointed. I took infinite pictures, but here are some of the food highlights:

'Kujira' bacon -
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2930whalebacon.jpg
Kujira tataki and sashimi
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2932whale.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2934sashimiwithgarlicgingersoy.jpg
Kujira age
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2936friedwhale.jpg
Kujira kushikatsu
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2938whalekushikatsuwithnegi.jpg
Kujira steak
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2940steak.jpg

Basashi (horse)
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1931horsesashimi.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2184lantern.jpg

Corn drink from a vending machine
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0572corndrink.jpg

Fugu
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2443.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2444friedfugu.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2445fugugratin.jpg

Fancy aji
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/Aji.jpg
Anago
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/anagoatbrewery.jpg
Unagidon-
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0597bunagidon.jpg

$40-70 per melon...
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0683b.jpg

Kurotamago black sulfur eggs, Hakone
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0772.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0774.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0771sulfurpool.jpg

Gundamyaki (1:144 scale...)
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0860gundamyaki.jpg

bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:48 AM
Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki etc.
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2219threetako.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2188gizzards.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2185makingokonomiyaki.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2191putonyourownsauce.jpg
Hiroshima okonomiyaki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2825.jpg
Takoyaki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1690.jpg
Ikayaki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2896grilledsquid.jpg

Truckstop ramen with my friend in the air force
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/truckstopramen.jpg
Oyster Udon
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2895kakiudon.jpg
Train station bento
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2822trainstationbento.jpg
Miyajima yakigaki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2887.jpg
Nigiriten
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2891.jpg

Manly parfait and crepe
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2214poofyparfait.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2952bananacheesecakecaramel.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1929machaicecream.jpg
Miso snack
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1883misosnack.jpg
Castella cake
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1393.jpg
Taiyaki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1583taiyaki.jpg
Good tempura bowl
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2960.jpg
Mikan sake
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2783orangesake.jpg

bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:49 AM
Osaka kushikatsu
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2575otherkushikatsu.jpg
Yakiniku:
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2359yakiniku.jpg
Horumon (extra pig parts)
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2711horumonmeal.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2709.jpg

Akagai
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1032.jpg
Shako
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1035.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1034.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1033.jpg
Want to eat
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0982.jpg

Fresh shaved katsuo
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1037freshkatsuoboshi.jpg
Yakitori
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1053.jpg
Nishiki market
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2175nishiki.jpg


Giant gyoza
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_0699bcommunistgyoza.jpg
Crab and macha
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2465smallcrabdinner.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2470icecreamwithmachasauce.jpg

bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:50 AM
Kaiseki Ryori
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2072kaisekiryori1.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2077kaiseki3.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2078kaiseki.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2079kaiseki4.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2080kaisekitempura.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2083algaesoup.jpg

bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:50 AM
Tanuki
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1539stuffedtanuki.jpg
Sweet Potato Fries
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1526sweetpotatofries.jpg
Grilled bamboo
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1573grilledbamboo.jpg
Deer snack Nara
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1963deersnack.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2022.jpg

How to eat bamboo mizuyoukan
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1417mizuyoukan.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1418mizuyoukan2.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1419mizuyoukan3.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1420mizuyoukan4.jpg
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1421.jpg

http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/Hitachino.jpg

ecchef
10-06-2011, 05:57 AM
Nice photos! Makes me hungry.
My wife still has nightmares about kujira. Apparently, it was a pretty standard school lunch item when she was a kid.

Peco
10-06-2011, 06:09 AM
Makes me hungry too - Japanese food rocks!

bishamon
10-06-2011, 06:09 AM
Heh, most of the japanese people I talked to about kujira were like 'why would you eat that when there's tuna?" or "I had that in cans growing up without a lot of money". But it was tied for favorite meal of the whole trip. I guess it's how it's prepared.

And I know some school lunches in Shizuoka still had kujira or iruka up until at least last year. There was a big stink about it, what with mercury and all.

Salty dog
10-06-2011, 06:17 AM
I'll have one order of womb with a side of soy sauce.

ecchef
10-06-2011, 09:46 AM
I'll have one order of womb with a side of soy sauce.

Yeah...I wouldn't be able to choke that down if I knew what it was.

The "Manly Parfait" looks pretty interesting though. What's in that?

add
10-06-2011, 01:41 PM
Yeah...I wouldn't be able to choke that down if I knew what it was.

The "Manly Parfait" looks pretty interesting though. What's in that?

The rest of that horse (basashi)... um, ground equine wanker below the chocolate ice cream perhaps?

:hungry:

<< whinny>> WILBURRR ! !

Amazing pics BTW

WillC
10-06-2011, 04:06 PM
Your holiday looked very delicious, thanks for sharing some great shots.:biggrin:

bishamon
10-06-2011, 05:55 PM
The "Manly Parfait" looks pretty interesting though. What's in that?

I think it was houjicha icecream (roasted tea) with caramel, anko, corn flakes, mochi balls, whipped cream, coffee whipped cream, and peaches. With a wafer.

bishamon
10-07-2011, 06:21 PM
Oh yeah, here was a yuba-based meal in Nikko. It's like the tofu skin skimmed off the top when making tofu.
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1278yubameal.jpg
Here is beer sticks, and Asahi Clear. That was some new beer that was all over ads in trains and stuff. It wasn't actually clear.
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1215.jpg
Octopus snacks
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_2179octosnack.jpg
Ikasumi spaghetti
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1618squidinkspaghetti.jpg
Cold soba and udon giant lunch
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1742.jpg
Set meal in Kyoto
http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/bishamon1/IMG_1882.jpg

GlassEye
10-07-2011, 07:33 PM
How long were you there, looks like a lot a great eating. I am now very hungry.

bishamon
10-07-2011, 07:46 PM
I was there about 5 weeks, went to about 10 cities.