Sunday, November 20, 2005

kanazawa & sasebo

Well, we ended up not being able to go to Kyoto this weekend because of maintenance problems with Australian Airlines....Satoshi ended up having to go to work on Sunday. :(

This was our dessert yesterday, Murakami's wagashi (from left in clockwise order: kuri kinton (mashed chestnuts), mushi kuri yokan (steamed jellied bean paste with chestnuts), mame daifuku (black bean rice cake) & kuri daifuku (chestnut rice cake)). The mushi kuri yokan had gold leaf flakes on it!! We cut them all in half so that we could taste each one. :) Murakami is actually a wagashiya (japanese confection shop) in Kanagawa; Ishikawa prefecture, but they have a kiosk in Daimaru Umeda.

For lunch today, there happened to be a Nagasaki food fair at the Hankyu Department store in Kawanishi. Nagasaki is located on the island of Kyushu. (There is a US Naval base there). We decided to try the Sasebo burger from Basestreet. Sasebo burger is the Japanese version of the American hamburger and was supposedly in Japan before McDonald's. Apparently there are two sizes(there is actually one larger than the burger we bought)...on the patty they have a slice of bacon, scrambled egg, onions, and a sauce...kind of messy when you eat it, but it tasted pretty good.

Well, this week we have a holiday, Kinro Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day). This is a holiday in which thanks and appreciation is given to the laborers in Japan. (kind of like America's Labor Day & Thanksgiving put together?) Hopefully, we'll be able to check out Kyoto on this day.

Have a great week.

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