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A Short Trip to Okinawa 4

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The hotel where we had stayed was “The Atta Terrance Club Towers” at Onna village in Okinawa.
We’ve got surprised when we drove to the hotel gate because the property was extremely huge. And, there were a lot of greens!

The Terrace Hotels

A Short Trip to Okinawa 3

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We’ve found the ice cream shop, “Blue Seal” at Kokusai street.
The ice cream shop really looks American shop that is because it was born in the U.S.A, and then it was raised in Okinawa.
The shops have developed the business for the locals and those from mainland Japan.

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We got S.F.Mintchoco and Okinawa special flavor, Sugar cane.
They were really good for the dessert after the noodles. And, the taste were very rich and creamy.

Blue Seal ice cream

A Short Trip to Okinawa 2

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Before we went to the hotel to check in, we had a lunch at Okinawa food restaurant, “Daitou Soba”.
We had “Daitou Soba” and “Gouya Champuru” that the Okinawa local dishes were very good.

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“Daitou Soba” is one of Okinawa noodles which is originated in Daitou Island.
One characteristic of the “Daidou Soba” is the noodle which is very thick and firm, however it is very tasty.

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And, the “Gouya Champuru” is one of famous Okinawa foods that is stir-fried vegetables, egg and tofu.
“Gouya” is bitter gourd that its bitter taste is the most characteristic of “Gouya”.
The bitter taste makes the perfect taste with the other ingredients, eggs and tofu.

Okinawa soba – Wikipedia
Chanpuru – Wikipedia
Goya chanpuru recipe – Recipe for goya chanpuru

A Short Trip to Okinawa 1

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1st day:
My friend and I made a short trip to Okinawa.
Okinawa is one of Japan’s southern prefectures.
We expected to have lots of sunshine and large blue sky there because it was still cold in Tokyo.

Okinawa – Wikipedia

Amanza

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Amanza is a long established beloved confectionary in Sendai.

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I got some cookies and “Coppelia” the cake made with cherry sponge cake and butter cream.
It was cute and nostalgic taste in the name of lovely doll.

Amanza – Tabelog (Japanese)

8tote visited merilab Sendai

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8tote went to merilab in Sendai to sell totebags and show “encourage tote” – messages from Gifu (where we held the traveling shop on March) customers on the white bag!
Sendai is one of the biggest city at north Japan. The city were damaged by the earthquake.
It was a good time with Sendai customers! We were really happy to see their smiles :)

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mitsubachi tote (8tote) (Japanese)
meguru mitsubachi (Japanese)
merilab (Japanese)

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: Last day part1

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It started to snow in the morning. We knew that it must be freezing outside
from the window.

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We had a breakfast, HOSHINOYA special breakfast in American style.
We had fresh juice, yogurt with fresh fruit, green salad and tea.
Also, we chose a plain omelet with a sausage.
Moreover, we had a selection of 5 original breads of Kyoto’s renowned
bakery, “Shinshindo”. There is a toaster in a room, so we were able to
enjoy the freshly-baked breads.
Again, we were so full that one could hardly move.

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: 2nd day part4

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Dinner at HIROKAWA (Unagi-eels restaurant):

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We had “shira-yaki”( grilled Unagi without sauce. Put little soy-sauce and wasabi.) “hoso-umaki”(It is rolled in egg crapes with Unagi with sauce),

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“koi-no-arai” (sashimi of Carp) and “unaju” (grilled eel with sauce over rice) with “aka-dashi” (miso-soup).
We had enjoyed the delicious and tender in the inside of the eel. Also, eels are often said that they make us to enhance stamina.
HIROKAWA (Japanese)

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