Wednesday, I went to Shonai to check out a park that I've seen from the train many times.
If I'm not mistaken, it used to be the property of Panasonic.
Every time we pass by on the train, there is no one in the park.
Even with the cherry blossoms, no one.
Well, I figured out why no one is there, they have so many "no" rules at their entrance.
"no eating, no drinking, no playing ball"...
No wonder no one is there.
Luckily, when I visited there were people sitting here and there on the benches that they have there.
Too bad they don't allow eating, it would've been nice to picnic under the trees.
I shot a short video of the area here.
After checking out the park, I walked to SidMid, a soup curry shop for lunch.
I ordered the kakuni (braised pork) curry...950 yen (plus tax).
This came with some saffron rice and a drink of your choice.
Since the weather was quite warm, I chose their iced chai.
The pork could have been cooked a little longer, the bottom part of the piece was quite tough, while the upper part was tender.
When you order you can choose your spice level (1-10), the first four are at no charge, five & six are an additional 100 yen, seven & eight are an additional 200 yen and nine & ten are an additional 300 yen.
There was another customer there when I went and I think he must've ordered a really high level of spice because I could hear him coughing a lot.
Me, I ordered my curry at level 2.
The portion was quite filling, lots of vegetables and soup.
Towards the end of my bowl, I noticed that there was something gritty in their soup.
I would go back when I'm in the area but try something else on their menu.
1-5-8 Shonai Higashi-machi
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (or until they run out of soup)
check their facebook page for days off (Japanese only)