The BKc, Japan 2011 recap (food & new experiences): There is always something new to explore in Japan, the more you go the more you realize you don’t know about Japanese culture. The Japanese love to entertain and any opportunity to host a foreign guest comes with lots of food, lots of drinking and please leave your shoes at the door. Grandma would be happy to see us take our shoes off, but eating that much raw food would be a no no. We tried everything once and actually loved most of it. We thought we’d share some of our favorites with you, so the next time you are in Japan you’ll have more than the pictures or great food displays to help you in your decision. You’ll know that one of us tried it and actually liked it. The BKc Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan . . .
The Bearded Man is here. Old school canvas sneakers or wingtips in a sample size 9 are dead giveaway that someone from the BKc is here. It’s always fun to try to guess who is wearing what. The sign at the door warned of not walking out with better shoes that you came in with.
Early in the morning or late at night are the best times to go to the Hot springs. Natural hot springs (onsen) are very popular in Japan and are normally found in the countryside. In Yonezawa we where treated to a very traditional Japanese guest house with several outdoor Natural Hot Springs. The water is fresh, HOT yet very good for stressed muscles and a traveling BKc.
Osaka is know for Okonomiyaki a tasty Japanese pancake filled with lots of ingredients. “The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”& lots of fried food” (wikipedia). Be careful the stuff is delicious but can be very fatty. Picture above is not a shot of Okonomiyaki, but something close to it that we really enjoyed.
A very traditional Japanese breakfast. Traditional in the sense of where even the folks in the bigger cities (Tokyo & Osaka) do not eat like this in the morning. The food was fresh, light and very tasty. Tasty in an explorative way, don’t expect it to taste like anything you’ve had here in America, Europe or Latin America to say the least. Almost forgot about the cherries, Yonezawa is known for it’s beef and very expensive cherries.
A shot of some grilled/fried meats also very popular in Osaka. This is very close to American food, something familiar to our American palate, but it is fatty, know when to say no. Your Japanese host will want to see you happy and force you to have more.
Having fresh Udon noodles which are a flat and slippery Japanese wheat noodles with the crew in Yamagata, in a very traditional home setting. They are traditionally served cold in the summer, sorry not a favorite of ours. But the environment and ambiance was very refreshing.