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Ryokan by Mt. Fuji

May 22, 2009

I wanted to make sure Boyfriend had a true Japanese experience so I booked one night at a ryokan (Japanese Inn) in Kawaguchiko.  Although it was expensive, it was definitely worth it.  We were treated like a King and Queen the night we were there and ate great meals!  Dinner and breakfast were both included.

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Our dinner consisted of seven or eight courses.  Many included the freshest seafood from the area.

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We received a menu of the night’s dishes but since it was all in Japanese, I couldn’t read all the kanji and we didn’t know what we were eating half of the time!  This was fresh sashimi of some sort.

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The teapot had soup in it and we poured it into the teacup to drink. 

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We both went with the beef course and had our own little grill to cook the meat and veggies on.  Later on, they brought out onigiri for us so put on the grill so we could have yaki onigiri!  We also had the option of turning our yaki onigiri into ochazuke.

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This was our view from our balcony.  We had our own rotenburo on the balcony with onsen water flowing in continuously.  As we sat in the bath, we could enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Fuji.

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This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to Mt. Fuji.  It was absolutely beautiful waking up to this picturesque view!

Nihon shoku (Japanese food)

January 29, 2009

In honor of our trip to Japan in April (did I mention that Boyfriend and I are going to Japan in April?!?) I am sharing with you the beauty of a Japanese meal in Japan.

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One place I’d like to take Boyfriend to in Japan is a ryokan.  It is somewhat of a Japanese “bed and breakfast” and you sleep on the floor on tatami mats.  The meal pictured above was from a ryokan in Beppu, Japan.  This dinner was included in our stay and was brought to our room. 

Everything in Japan has to do with presentation and food is no exception.   Japanese meals always include tons of little dishes so the servings are small but you get to try a lot of different things.  Many of the dishes include fish or tofu and rice.  Can you imagine washing all of these dishes after the meal is over?!?


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