Speaking of raw fish, I had the most delicious sushi meal I've ever had. I've probably said that same thing a few times in Japan, but this was by far at the top of the list. The sushi chef made us customized menus based on our taste and the day's catches. I like every single thing with sushi, so I tasted everything from tuna to sea urchin. I loved it all, and the sushi master was so friendly- like everyone else in that town. He gave us many samples of other dishes, which were washed down with the local nihonshu- sadly not so much for me, as I was careful not to drink much, thanks to the heaps of medicine I've been taking those past few days.
My other favourite part of Wajima was a visit to a salt factory and museum, where they take saltwater straight from the sea, spread it over sand, wait for it to dry then collect the salt. I also carved my name in katakana on a pair of chopsticks, which was then filled with gold powder. It seems like I did a lot in such a short time, but I also spent a lot of time napping (recovering from my cold) and bathing in the hotel onsen. All the food I ate in Wajima was so fresh and tasty, except from the hotel breakfast, which included onion rings, French fries and potato salad as part of the menu. Why?
I wish I could have stayed in Wajima longer. The hills and rice fields reminded me of Marugame, and small-town living in general. Sometimes I cannot believe that I used to live in a countryside town only a few years ago. It seems worlds away now. I really miss it a lot- or rather, I miss how quaint and friendly it was. Yet those trips always make me appreciate the life I built in Tokyo, too.
|The mascot of the asaichi morning market|
|A rice bowl topped with strips of steak, tasty|
|Fish, fish, fish|
|Why don't people like uni (sea urchin)?|
|Sushi restaurant, lots of knives|
|Chawanmushi, an egg custard dish|
|Thick green tea|
|I met the mascot, of course|
|Rice fields and sea|
|He brings sea water to retrieve salt|
|Spraying the saltwater on the sand|