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    Japan Trip [April 2013] Part 3 - Casual

    Part 3 of my Japan trip! These are just casual pictures I took. Please excuse some of the blurry or out of focus pictures. I'm still trying to figure out how to use my new camera. lol


    Chanko nabe: "Chankonabe is a Japanese stew commonly eaten in vast quantity by sumo wrestlers as part of a weight-gain diet. It contains a dashi or chicken broth soup base with sake or mirin to add flavor." - By internet.
    In essence it's a big hot pot with a bunch of different ingredients in it.
    After we arrived, we went straight to a meeting. This is our late night dinner.


    Natural brush (?) store. They had horse hair brushes, tawashi brushes, etc etc.


    Animals made out of tawashi brushes.


    Adorable unamused shiba dog LOL


    My strawberry crushed ice with sweet condensed milk... Pre-gaming before dinner.
    "Life is short. Eat Dessert first!"


    Choco Cro's monthly special : strawberry daifuku (mochi) chocolate croissant
    There was mochi, strawberries and chocolate inside.


    My drink while we had dinner with Masamoto's president.
    Mikan sake (satsuma sake). I don't really drink, but this was delicious. I wanted more. lol


    Appetizer : Blueberry with sweet tofu


    Mini fish tempura. Sorry I can't remember the name of the fish.


    Homemade satsuma age (fried fish spam, I think.)


    Kara age (Japanese fried chicken)


    Assortment of veggies with tomato paste.


    Seafood rice in a donabe hot pot. I love when the bottom rice burns and its a little crunchy. So good!


    Main course : Steak


    Ekiben on our way to Kansai!
    Soy and mirin marinated ground chicken and eggs.


    First stop was Kyoto. We visited Kitcho Restaurant (one of the top cha-kaiseki restaurants established in 1930) to meet with Chef Tokunaga. Unfortunately, we did not get to eat there... But we were served sakuramochi (cherry blossom flavored mochi with red bean inside and wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf.) I've had it before and admittedly I wasn't too excited about it until I ate it... It was so incredibly good and the real thing was so much better than what I found in NY.


    Rui and I were given some free time to wander about Kyoto after a meeting. We went to Arashiyama and fed peanuts to monkeys.


    Just chillin.


    Adorable doughnuts.
    So heres the story. I bought two for my mom and me at a cute stall somewhere in Kyoto, but she returned to the hotel after I went to bed. When I woke up the doughnuts were gone... She ate both.


    Chef Lee Ann Wong heard the story and bought me another one when she happened to pass by the store. I love nice people.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm hungry, lol

    That dog is adorable
    "This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption.. Beer!" -Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Friar Tuck

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    Great photos Mari. It looks like you had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmadams13 View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm hungry, lol

    That dog is adorable
    Thanks for reading!
    Yea~ she looked pissed off, but it made her look that much cuter in my opinion. lol

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