Sunday, April 20, 2014

At Yasukuniya in Nikko

Yasukuniya is a typical countryside izakaya.
What's not typical about it is that it's famous for a gigantic proportions pork steak.
It's so famous, it's been featured on NHK.

Here's what I saw.

Unremarkable from the outside:






A simple, gray building:



A very cramped interior:






And a small "reserved" dining area:





But the food... Oh, the food is delicious!!!

Heavenly buta kimchi (pork kimchi):



And finally, the dish that brought the NHK tv crew here:



Pork steak so big they call it "Ayers Rock". My hand next to it for scale. Yep, it's huge slab of meat. And it's delicious. They can make a doggy-bag for you if you can't finish it all there.

There is also a monster-sized fried chicken on the menu. I want to try it next time :-)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Festival in Kanuma

Kanuma Buttsuke Aki Matsuri - Fall Festival in Kanuma:




This year it took place on October 12th and 13th.

And it was as awesome as always. It was so nice to see old friends and walk along the yatai!

See you next year!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Only in Kanuma

Hair like this:


during the annual autumn festival in Kanuma. This year it took place on October 12th and 13th.


We've always known that Kanumans have the craziest matsuri hairstyles and now I finally know why.
As the mother of these girls explained, they also run a contest for the best matsuri hair design.

Now it makes perfect sense!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In the rain

So hot today! I wish it would rain and get rid of this sticky, humid air!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Seen at the supermarket

Yeah, I don't know either.


Oh well, it takes all kinds...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

After the rain at Miya Matsuri

When it was time to go home, it finally stopped raining.

Too bad!
Better luck next year!

Monday, August 5, 2013

The giant ritual mop

Sweeping the streets before the mikoshi procession.

It's a shinto purification ritual carried out on a grand scale.







There were several of those onusa-like mops out on the streets yesterday. They all gathered in front of the shrine and purified the heck out of everything in sight.


Each "mop" was carried and operated by a team of people who had to perfectly coordinate all the pulling and waving and lifting it up and down. Definitely a big job.

The "mopping" teams were followed by guys and gals with garbage bags, who dutifully picked up every loose shred of paper.




The best place to watch this ritual was from the windows of Parco (shopping mall).


Those spectators were the lucky ones. It started to rain within minutes and those of us on the streets got miserably wet.



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