That’s a long time to be away from home. And, more importantly, my dogs. But it wasn’t really enough time to explore everything Japan has to offer.
There were bakeries and shops I didn’t have time to seek out. There were parks and museums we couldn’t visit. And there were tons more food — fugu, for example — I didn’t get to eat.
But in 15 days, we sure did a lot, from eating tonkotsu ramen in a yatai in Nagahama to walking around Hase Temple in Kamakura.
I had a full range of experiences in just two weeks, and it was time to head home.
I was missing my dogs, the surf, the fairly predictable weather, the mac salad and Diet Coke.
But it was a lot of fun traveling through the country — and sharing those adventures with you. Thanks for following, reading, commenting, sending me suggestions, correcting my Japanese and just being along for the ride. You all made this experience memorable and meaningful for me.
So here’s how I spent my last day in Japan:
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Never understood why the fruit on a stick places don’t exist here. Then again open air food stands aren’t around much either. There is a drink in Asia in addition to the melon stuff I would like to see here and it is called Pocari Sweat. Not the best name but it is a great electrolyte drink. Sorry to see you leave Japan. Got to see the place again through your eyes and it was fun. Safe travels home Cat!
Nijiya should have pocari sweat. the one in san mateo does (was there yesterday and saw it).
I’ve seen Pocari Sweat at Marukai, along with Calpis, melon cream soda, and a bunch of other Japanese drinks, although not cheap.
Thanks for the picture ride of your adventure in Japan! I can’t wait to go in June!
okaeru. thanks for the pics. i was looking up a webpage for things to do in Kurume (birthplace of tonkotsu ramen!!) and saw that on september 4th, they have “yakitori matsuri”. no description, but a festival dedicated to salty meat on a stick? yes please.
CAT: Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the trip in the comfort of home.
Don’t worry – Ranch 99, Don Quiote, and 7-11 sell the Melona brand fish-shaped waffle ice cream. I think the filling is vanilla ice cream and azuki beans.
Thank you, Cat, for sharing your Japan adventure with all of us. Being a fellow foodie myself, I especially enjoyed the pictures and descriptions of all the yummy food. I’ve
been to Tokyo once, way back in the 3rd grade. But I think I need to go back as an adult so that I can truly appreciate the experience. I look forward to reading about your adventure in Italy.
Thanks for sharing your trip and pictures. Gives me some ideas of where I’d like to visit.
I really like the sounds of the chimes at each train stations. I have one of them for my phone ring tone.