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June 9 – Want to Taste Eel?

June 10, 2012
ImageImageImageImageImageToday we spent the day with my Japanese friend, Kumi. I met Kumi in 2003 when I was in Reykavik, Iceland with Team Diabetes Canada, doing the Reykavik marathon. The team had taken a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon there and I saw this pretty girl holding a camera while she was navigating the Blue Lagoon and I approached her to see if she would like me to take a photo of her. She spoke English and we have been friends ever since!!We hung out a bit in Reykavik and also when I went to Japan in 2006, after running the Seoul marathon, and here we are together again! Now I am waiting for her to come to Canada and visit me there! She is also a teacher. Unfortunately, it poured rain all day and could have ruined our day, but it didn’t!! With our umbrellas up, we toured all over different areas of the city and luckily I had decided to but a metro pass for the day, as we were on and off the huge, expansive, metro system many times. The people of Tokyo were out also and it was a sea of umbrellas everywhere. We visited the famed Harajuka area and the Takeshita shopping street which is renowned for its unique street fashion.Then, adjacent to it, we visited the Meiji shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. Its beautiful forested grounds were so tranquil and a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle and commercialism of the Harajuka shopping district.  We also visited Omete-sando Street, another big, famous shopping district where you can find all the upscale stores such as Gucci, etc.We had 4 “food breaks” and lunch and supper were both special. We went to a revolving sushi bar and have to say Trevor and I both tasted eel for the first time. Not a favourite with Trevor but I really loved it!! For supper about 8 pm, we went to a noodle shop and had a big bowl of udon noodles with poached egg and yams and a side order of tempura. Noodles are a staple in Japanese cuisine and there are 4 types unique in both their ingredients and visual appearance; ramen; soba; udon; somen. We had the ramen ones in Fukuoka with Smiley. Udon noodles are the largest and thickest. Needless to say we are still very full as I write this blog at 10 pm.

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  1. M. Hurley permalink

    Are you sure you want to end this adventure? So nice to see the picture of Liam. That’s awesome that you will be able to connect again when he is in Montreal.

    Safe trip home. See you sometime in the coming week.

    Love Marg and Greg

    p.s. Are those your new high heel shoes to replace the flip flops?????

  2. Deanna permalink

    Love the blog Kathy! I have to say, I’m with Trevor on the eel! Only had it once, not sure I’ll be so brave again haha. Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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