Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kyoto/Hiroshima

I am having an absolute blast in Japan. We have been going nonstop, eating everything in sight and seeing amazing things. Japan has to be the most different and fascinating place I’ve ever been.

Tuesday evening my mom and I boarded the train from Tokyo to Kyoto to meet my brother Neal and his wife Stephanie.

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We met at the train station and went to the Westin Miyako to check in. For dinner we all went to Hafu. It.was.insane.

Our meal started with a salmon appetizer.

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Followed by a beef carpaccio.

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Then a salad with beef.

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And mushroom soup.

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Then a salad.

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No, that was no it. All of that goodness was followed by the most delicious Wagyu beef I’ve ever had.

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I’ve never had beef like that. Ever. Ever. Like butter.

Dessert was good too. :)

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My mom, me and Stephanie.

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We practically had to be rolled out of there. Amazing.

Wednesday morning my mom and I were up bright and early to head to Hiroshima for the day. We grabbed a quick breakfast before we left. I had some toast and jam.

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Followed by more toast and cereal.

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We headed to Kyoto station for our train to Hiroshima.

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I didn’t know what to expect in Hiroshima. I didn’t expect it to be such a bustling city but it was. We visited the Peace Musuem and ground zero of the atomic bomb dropping.

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This building is the only one left standing after the bomb:

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We spent several hours there. It was very depressing but extremely fascinating.

Before leaving Hiroshima, my mom and I grabbed some lunch. Pork dumplings:

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Ramen:

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We took the train back to Kyoto and met up with Neal and Stephanie. For dinner we went to Misono. They are the original Teppanyaki restaurant.

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We had special bibs to wear. You know it’s going to be good when you have to wear a bib.

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Our meal started with salmon.

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Followed by a salad.

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Then it was time for our chef to prepare our Wagyu steak.

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I thought the steak the night before was good but this was unreal. I think it’s worth the flight to Japan just for the beef.

Dessert was fruit. The fruit in Japan is beyond delicious.

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Breakfast this morning was the buffet at our hotel. I had an omelet and more of my favorite hashed browns.

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Breakfast was followed by a six hour walking tour of Kyoto.  We saw several beautiful temples and gorgeous gardens.

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We enjoyed some ramen and dumplings for lunch. This ramen was FAR better than the one before. It was excellent!

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We ended the tour with a bit of shopping.

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We found a pastry shop with the cutest doughnuts I’ve ever seen.

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We ended our tour at Musashi Sushi.

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You sit down at a sushi bar and there’s a conveyor belt that goes around with various plates of sushi on it. You are charged per plate. It is intantaneous sushi. Otherwise known as perfection.

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We did work.

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I LOVE this place.

 

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