Saturday, March 27, 2010


There weren't too many sights in Obama city, mostly temples and some historical areas. I think if we had rented a car, we could have seen more scenic spots.

Anyway, I wanted to show you some chopsticks, I didn't realize that there were different types of chopsticks for different foods.

My chopsticks when I ate soba were thin at the ends and slightly squared, this is to prevent the noodles from slipping out of your grasp.

Satoshi's chopsticks when he ate his kaisen donburi were thicker and slightly rounded, perfect to "scoop" or "balance" rice and the toppings.

On the other hand, one thing that you will see especially in the Sancho-machi area of Obama, is that many homes and shops look like some that you see in Kyoto. Many homes and shops have been preserved to have that "traditional Japanese" look.

We happened to walk past one of these preserved shops called Kokoro (heart) and couldn't resist the delicious aroma of their freshly baked bread.

The inside of the bakery is decorated with all sorts of wooden Japanese candy molds and the bread is baked in an ishigama (stone oven).

They had all sorts of breads as well as tarts. We each bought a snack for the train. I picked up the milk bread 100 yen (about US$1) and Satoshi chose the yomogi (mugwort) anpan (baked bun with sweet bean paste)...180 yen (about US$1.80).

My milk bread was really soft and delicious, kind of like brioche. Satoshi enjoyed his anpan, the yomogi was really fragrant.

We also went back to the Fisherman's Wharf to pick up a yakisabazushi (grilled mackerel sushi) to share for our lunch on the train....1050 yen (about US$10.50).

The grilled mackerel sushi was delicious, very smokey. It is layered with pickled ginger and shiso (perilla leaf). They actually give you some shoyu, but it isn't necessary to use as there is lots of flavor.

On the train, we also tried this musubi with Hokuriku minced pork flavored with miso (soy bean paste), shoyu & sugar, which we picked up at a convenience store....115 yen (about US$1.15)....delicious, sweet and salty.

Also from the Fisherman's Wharf we bought some Fukui ume (pickled plum) 525 yen (about US$5.25). (Wakayama prefecture is the number one producer of ume in Japan, Fukui prefecture is number two.)

And some iwanori (a soft laver that is found on the rocks and is seasoned)...420 yen (about US$4.20). We tried both the ume and iwanori for breakfast on Tuesday, yum!

From Obama, we stopped at Higashi Maizuru (East Maizuru) which is in Kyoto Prefecture.

About a 15 minute walk away from the station, there is an area of red brick warehouses which was used by the Japanese military during the Russo-Japan war (1905?), which Satoshi wanted to check out.

Most of the warehouses are still standing and are now used by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces, the Japanese do not consider this their "military" but in my opinion, this is their version of the Coast Guard.

Along the way, we saw a shrine with daruma, this is actually the area where shopkeepers in the shopping arcade come to ask for properity and good business.

We also spotted a nice Red Mini.

It was a quick trip, despite the bad weather on the first day, we had LOTS to eat and enjoyed seeing two Hokuriku cities.

I hope you had as much fun as we did.

39-2 Obama-otokoyama (in front of Yahata Jinja)
Obama, Fukui
Phone: 0770.53.0575

Shinsengekijo Toretorezushi
(Wakasa Hiroshima-ya's Yakisabazushi)
inside of Fisherman's Wharf
1-3-2 Kawasaki
Obama, Fukui
Phone: 0770.53.3977


Anonymous said...

Another interesting and informative post. I never realized proper Japanese chopsticks could have squared ends (except for the disposable ones of course). I assumed chopsticks with squared ends were just poorly made; I was wrong to be such an uninformed snob!

P.S. You can edit this out: The third "mosaic" picture in your post is cut off on the right side. Thought you might want to fix it. :)

Tracie Tsuneya said...

Ooooh! Looks like you guys had so much fun.
I've been to Japan a couple times but didn't stay long enough to really explore.

Deb in Hawaii said...

More great pictures--it sounds like you had a wonderful time! ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Anon, not sure which photo you are talking about as it looks okay in my browser.

Hope you get a chance to come back and explore Tracy :)

Thanks Debinhawaii, it was great :)

Take care everyone.

jalna said...

I really enjoyed this little adventure. Thanks!

K and S said...

Glad you enjoyed it Jalna :)

Take care.

Barbara said...

I love to read of your trips around Japan. I didn't realise there were different chopsticks.

K and S said...

There are apparently many more Barbara, I should study up on them :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

That's odd...the 3rd photo (collage) is cut off too! Or at least it's positioned so far to the right that I can only see the left side of it. No matter...I can see it in full in bloglines, but just to back up what anon said.

Anyways...when will you be going back to Obama? Bummed that this had to end....all that FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, when I look at my blog page it looks fine. I guess I'll fiddle around with it later. Going back to Obama? Not sure.

Take care.