Wednesday 21st September 2011
Went to visit Chie's grandparents in one of the suburbs of Hiroshima in the afternoon, and then went to Sushi-Tei for dinner in the evening.
Japan September 2011
Breakfast - rice, umeboshi, miso soup, tamago yaki and some pickles.
Chie and her Mum making lunch.
Lunch - wa fu spaghetti.
We went to visit Chie's Grandfather, who is in hospital at the moment. Just outside the hospital there was a rice field.
This flower often grows beside rice fields.
Rice up close.
In another field some of the rice had already been cut and hung up to dry.
A persimmon tree with a sign on it.
Pigs eating mochi (rice cakes).
Rabbits making mochi.
The bell in this Buddhist temple had an automated ringer.
Chie with her Grandmother outside Sushi-Tei.
Tamago (Japanese omelette) - note the rice inside.
Chie's Dad pouring me some sake.
Grilled matsutake - a highly prized Japanese mushroom, apparently now in season. I'm not sure this was a particularly great example.
Chie's Grandmother and Mum.
The three ladies.
Umibudou - literally "sea grapes" - a type of seaweed. Here served as a gunkan.
Hiroshima-na - a kind of leafy vegetable which comes from the area around Hiroshima.
Daikon pickled in beer.
My personal favourite - hawasabi temaki. Leaves from the wasabi plant, pickled.
Taken on the way back.