I'd better start talking about the food in Japan, or we'll never get to it. Be warned, there will be a good few episodes in this food story
Street food, Takao-san, near Tokyo. It's three balls of rice dough on a skewer, and dipped into a sauce (not sweet). And I can't remember for the life of me what it's called. Delicious! おいしい
Eki-ben (eki means stations and bento means picnic box) and Pocari Sweat (the name sounds awful, but it's the perfect drink on a hot day, a bit like Lucozade, but not as sweet)
Starter before Shabu Shabu - the bit on the left is a type of seaweed, very slippery but apparently good for your health, and the yellow bit on the right is a sweet chestnut, very seasonal at the end of October
Japanese beef for Shabu Shabu - Japanese beef is quite fatty, but good fat, and generally cut very thin. In Shabu Shabu, the vegetables and beef are cooked in a pot of simmering water, which is built into the table
Yuzu-Ginger drink - delicious hot. I would love to drink this every morning!
The grater at the top right is a wasabi grater (the little green root is fresh wasabi). Wasabi graters are made of shark skin.
Soba dinner - with the accompaniments above
We had the Miyabi zen dinner. おいしい!!
More to come!