Basically we are out and about in the city all day everyday and my feet are soooo tired! There is so much to see here, really five days is not nearly enough time to see the sites here. We are finally past feeling intimidation about not speaking any Japanese. That initially kept us afraid of going into just any restaurant because we wouldn't be able to communicate. Everyone is so incredibly helpful. We have asked for help and four times people have left their shops or restaurants to go outside and direct us where we need to go.
Today we went to the electronics street to replace Ben's camera that I dropped and crushed--ooops...of course it wouldn't be MY fault if he had just put the wrist strap on in the first place. ;-) Good thing we happen to be in Japan where there are thousands of places to find a new camera!
The heart of Akihabara-David and Eli would go nuts here
We ended up finding a historic restaurant that has been in the same old building for 80 years making the same udon noodles recipe while we were searching for another restaurant. As we were standing in the narrow alleyway trying to read our map, cars kept pulling up and unloading lots of people. We decided it must be good--so we faced the japanese only menu and went for it. The kids (Arella and Po) weren't too excited about the fishy broth--but I am so HAPPY to tell you that Adrian has been absolutely AMAZINGLY BRAVE about eating everything!! Today he even ordered duck breast simmered in sake. It is pretty much a dream come true for me to not have to deal with his picky food habits. He thinks he is growing and that is why he needs to eat 2-3 bowls of rice and miso every morning for breakfast.
The food is all absolutely delicious. Although the little fried fish nibbles I can do without! I made Ben eat the head.
Exterior of Matsuya Rest.--handmade soba noodles
Last night was the tops. We found a place that specialized in Kobe beef. I have never eated so much beef at one time--raw, barely cooked, slightly grilled, and simmered for 3 seconds in miso broth...I couldn't believe it was possible for meat to melt in your mouth! Posa crashed out on two chairs after a bowl of rice and we were able to enjoy a long, relaxed dinner with the big kids. They loved cooking vegetables and beef on our own private grill at our table. I loved when the two businessmen at the next table decided to share a wonderful bottle of french wine with Ben and I!
Love the hot wash towels to clean hands beofre eating
radish salad and vegies to cook on the grill
presenting the 4th tray of Kobe beef
melts like butter in your mouth!
bean sprouts on the grill
special version of Shabu-shabu
sliced Kobe beef
grabbing the meat with a bit a of shoots like a taco
Put the kids to sleep on two chairs--a trick I learned from my moms!
Tomorrow we go south to Kyoto...