Today is a National holiday, Kinro kansha no hi (Appreciation for laborers and production), kind of like Labor Day and Thanksgiving all in one. The weather forecast was rain, fortunately it was overcast, although it was really cold and windy!
We went to our favorite neighborhood cafe for breakfast then made our way to Minoo Park. Walking in about 3 km, you come to an area with the Minoo Falls.
From the falls area, we walked above to see if we could catch a taxi to Katsuoji. Katsuoji is a temple that helps pray for good luck. We've visited this temple 3 times, it is quite out of the way, but the autumn leaves are usually very pretty and it is quite peaceful there.
We were lucky to also catch a glimpse at the Minoo monkeys--although I didn't get any photos.
Lunch was a bit late, but we stopped at a little restaurant that I had been wanting to try--Felice. This restaurant is near the Minoo station.
Satoshi had their special fried shrimp lunch.
I had their special "omurice" lunch. Omurice is rice, usually seasoned with ketchup and chicken, called chicken rice and enveloped in a fluffly omlette. The rice in this lunch was seasoned with a tomato based sauce, chicken and onions and also had a scoop of their special beef stew around it.
Here's the inside of the omurice--sorry it is a bit blurry.
Lunch was very leisurely and delicious!
Right across the street, there is a cute little confection shop called Epinard. I was first introduced to this shop by my host-sister, Tomoko, when we first moved to Minoo. They are known for their truffles called Truffle au chocolat. Coated with cocoa powder they go well with wine, whisky, milk or coffee--yum!
Have a great weekend!
6-1-32 Minoo, Minoo Residence Annex 1F