Dad, Aunty and I went to the Nagano prefecture to see the snow monkeys. This could have been done as a day trip, but to give ourselves a little time to relax, we booked a night's stay at a ryokan, or Japanese-style inn. It was a great opportunity to experience Japanese living and hospitality, and is one of me favorite memories from Japan.
It's a Japanese macaque monkey soaking in the hot springs and playing with a (presumably stolen) phone. These monkeys inhabit a park called Jidokudani ("Hell's Valley", named for the cliffs and the hot steam that rises from the water). When it's cold, they like to soak in the onsen (hot springs) that were built for them. I mean, come on... I had to check them out for myself!
One of my requests for food in Japan was tonkotsu ramen, a noodle soup with broth made from pork bones. Aunty and her husband took me to a small ramen shop on the outskirts of Tokyo.
After going to the fish market, we went to the small town of Makabe to look at the Hina dolls for Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Day. This day is celebrated in Japan on March 3rd to wish for the happiness and healthy growth of young girls. Ornamental dolls depicting the emperor, empress, and attendants dressed in … Continue reading Hinamatsuri in Makabe: All Dolled Up
For my second day in Japan, Aunty took me to the fish market. I fell asleep on the car, so I'm not quite sure exactly where this was... somewhere in Chiba Prefecture, at least. The market was right along the coast, with the salty ocean water gently lapping up the curb on the other side of the … Continue reading Japan Day 2: I ate whale?!?!
Aunty is really cute and fun because she really wanted to make some Youtube videos with me. She currently has some videos of her cats (lol), but really wanted to film me making Japanese food, so we watched a video together on how to make Okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese savoury pancake-like dish. This was my … Continue reading Okonomiyaki cooking tutorial
It’s my first full day in Japan! We started the day with a Japanese breakfast. Before coming to Japan, aunty asked me what I wanted to see. I told her that I liked animals, so she took me to the Narita Dream Farm (成田ゆめ牧場), which is not far from where she lives near Narita City … Continue reading Japan Day 1: Narita Dream Farm & Goat from Hell