One benefit to jet lag in Japan is that it is easy to wake up super early. Those first few days, we’d wake as early as 2 or 3 in the morning, unable to fall back asleep. So, we were able to see the sunrise quite a few times. Sunrises in Japan are incredible, but that’s no surprise.
We drove out a few miles to watch (film) the sun rise over rice paddy fields. The light was beautiful.
Now we can’t have a post without photos of food! We went to a soba restaurant for our last lunch in Japan. Jordan had a warm soba dish (similar to ramen), while I had the soba served cold. The protocol is to dip the noodles into the sauce and slurp them up (rather than my inclination to pour the sauce over the noodles. Made that mistake last time.) Slurping is a must, too.
I even tried to recreate this meal at home. It was good! Not exceptional, but I think it’ll satisfy my cravings for now. The soba dish was probably one of my most favorite meals we ate, second only to the incredible homemade meal we were served at Karino’s. Who am I kidding. The food was just amazing every single day.
A bit more exploring here and there:
Here’s our hotel!
The short amount of time we did spend here, we were most likely sleeping. Or eating.
We got just a bit of shopping in before we left, so we loaded up with some Japanese food + Ultraman memorabilia to bring back to the states. Oh I wish I would have gotten 10 bags of those black crackers. They’re a sesame cracker, flavored with soy sauce. And they are delicious.
At the airport, they sell sushi to-go with some cold packs to keep it fresh so you can eat it on the plane! Ingenious. I only wish we could have loaded up an entire suitcase with the stuff.
It was a sad goodbye at the airport. Karino’s son had gotten pretty attached to Jordan that week (and was especially fascinated by his beard). Until next time.
P.S. Stay tuned for just a few more shots of Japan on film.