Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Sushi Adventure

Today I will talk about a unique restaurant in Japan called “Sushi Go Round.” I do not know if that is the technical name for this restaurant, but that is what Americans like to call it because the restaurant is exactly what the name is. The sushi actually goes around on a conveyor belt. In the middle of the restaurant there is a conveyor belt that displays all sorts of different sushi. You can sit on the bar right by the conveyer belt and pick any sushi dish you want. The cooks are in the middle of the conveyor belt making the different dishes of sushi. The dishes are different colors which indicate the different prices of sushi. There is also a button right by where you are sitting, and you can push the button and ask the cook to make anything you want on the menu.
                                          The Sushi Cook behind the conveyor belt with sushi
When we went to the “Sushi Go Round,” I ordered raw shrimp sushi, egg sushi, tuna sushi, and vegetable sushi. I believed my friend that sat next to me was getting a little home sick for American food because he ordered fried shrimp sushi, fried pork sushi, French fries, and meatloaf sushi. Yes, there is such a thing as meatloaf sushi, and you better believe that a group of Americans would order it at a sushi restaurant. My other friend I guess also started to miss American food, so she ordered cheese balls which by the way are not the same as American cheese balls. We only had one daring person in our sushi group who tried octopus sushi and fish egg sushi. After we ate about 1,000 yen ($10) worth of sushi, we still felt hungry so we walked a couple blocks to FamilyMart. At FamilyMart, I purchased my usual which is an ice cream crunch bar (The best bar in Japan). Finally, we were full after the ice cream and made our way home for the night. I would not say that sushi is my favorite food, but I heard that it is always good to try different things when you are in a different country.
                                                                Egg sushi

My last weeks in Japan

I want to start by saying I have been slacking on my blog lately, but to my defense it has been hard since my computer is once again broken. Hopefully my computer just doesn’t like Japan, and it will come back to life once I get back to the States.

I will start this blog by discussing last weekend. On August 6th, Ryan and I made our way to Hikari beach which is about an hour from Iwakuni. Our little journey first started at the train station. We were trying to say Hakari beach to the Japanese ticket person, but I am guessing our pronunciation was little off because he had no idea what we were talking about. After about 20 minutes of various hand signals and picture pointing, we finally got our ticket to the beach. Once Ryan and I arrived at the beach, we knew we made the right decision to travel farther to spend our day at a more remote beach. The beach we usually go to (Yuu beach), has many Americans and it is fairly small. This beach however is pretty big and very peaceful. Throughout the day, Ryan and I swam in the ocean and played the game, “How far can you go down.” Since you cannot see the bottom of the ocean, you have no idea how deep the water is. Ryan likes to try to touch the bottom even if we are very far from land. I like playing this game until the people on the beach look like little specs. We had fun though and I am sure I will return to the beach my last weekend in Japan.
Hikari Beach
                                                               Hikari Beach Again

After the day on the beach, Ryan and I made our way to the Kiniti Bridge Firework Festival in Iwakuni. The moment we got to the bridge, we were very shock by how many people we saw. I did not expect the entire bottom area of the bridge to be covered with thousands of people. The bottom area under the bridge also had food and drink stands. Once we eyed the food, we made our way under the bridge and bought some food while watching the fireworks. The food stands had the same type of food as the drum festival had with various meats on a stick (including squid), Okonomiyaki, slushy drinks, and even hamburgers! The fireworks were overall very amazing and it was worth to walk an hour through curvy, scary roads to attend the festival.