I almost missed these Oreo bars in 7-11 today. They have similar packaging to the other flavors. This one, however is milk tea. I'm not interested in trying them, but I'll have someone in my house test them and see how they compare to the Royal Milk Tea Kit Kats.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
I took a friend to see beautiful Saikai Park. Unfortunately, we couldn't see much of anything... but it was pretty cool! I took the picture above of the resort that you can see from the drop slide and the picture below from the walkway below the bridge. It reminded me of the Swiss castles that are photographed in a perpetual fog.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
A couple of weeks ago I picked up a brochure for an Onsen near Osaki Park. One of the pictures of the park itself featured a Cycling Monorail course, so we went looking for it.
When we got to the park, the part of the map where the cycling monorail was supposed to be was covered over with tape. We hiked up the hill to where it used to be and there was nothing there! I didn't even see remnants of the old track. There is a gorgeous view and places to have a picnic, but don't go for the monorail.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
If you go to peacock park, but turn left at the giant cement peacock, you'll enter the campground. Park in the campground parking lot and follow the bike path around toward the water. You'll come across this nifty little cave where you can hang out and wait for the rain to pass. It is rainy season after all.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
There is a little restaurant near Huis ten Bosch that has a fantastic lunch for 500-yen! You pick your main meal... such as the egg salad sandwich above or a slice of pizza below and then they just pile on the rest of the food. Yummy!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's quite overgrown, but the map promises great things if you can find it.
I followed the signs for Pinocchio Park and this is where it took me. This is only a tiny part here... again that is according to the sign. I couldn't see any other parts from the road and the trails were quite overgrown so I wasn't sure where else to go.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This park is pretty awesome as far as parks go, though the playground is not anything to write home about.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thunder Falls in Ureshino City.
I had seen photos of this area and there were many, many people enjoying the falls on what must have been a hot day.
It was hot the day we were there too, but we had the falls all to ourselves. The photo above is the river above the falls.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
On our trip to the Yamaguchi Prefecture south of Hiroshima, we were invited to dinner at a place called Sanzoku, or "The Chicken Shack" by English speakers. Wow! It was good!!!
From what I read before going, the owners would like to be known for their beef, but who orders beef at a place called the "Chicken Shack"?
It tasted like it was braised with a sake, soy sauce, and something else sauce. They then grill it over hot coals. So good!
They also serve a huge Onigiri. It is so big it has four different filling while the ones that you buy in stores typically have only one.
That's the outside of the restaurant... there are three there. Sanzoku is the small building on the right side of this photo.Despite the small shack appearance from the front, there is plenty of seating inside and out.
The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but they open quite early every other day of the week.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Near the entrance to the expressway in Miyoshi is the Hiroshima Miyoshi Winery.
There is a tasting room on the main floor and a wine cellar in the basement.
I took a tour of a winery near Tokyo last year and I was told that Japanese wines don't have a long shelf life due to the heavy rainfalls we get. Apparently, the grapes have a higher water content and this limits the shelf life to.... I think they said 10 years. I can't remember the exact shelf time.