Deciding to log my Japanese travels from now on.
This expedition, was out on the Tobu Nikko line. we travelled north, probably about half an hour before Nikko itself. Why? On whim, following some amazing, mouth-watering pictures in a magazine, simple as that.
Actually, there were many great little bistros advertised in this magazine, and we will be back to try them all, but for today, it was An riz-l'eau. And voilà our 3 plate meal, which actually consisted of four, if you include the tasty cakes and fruits!
Oh, all the food here is vegetarian and grown fresh locally. This soup had some trusty renkon (lotus root) and konnyaku too. Heart warming and healthy.
I guess as it is the start of the year, these Darumas are on sale. I have never partaken before, so now is my time to make a wish! The idea is that you paint one of his eyes on, make a wish and when it comes true, you can paint the other eye on as well.
The different colours are for different areas in the house, depending on what you are wishing for.
Shin Kanuma is located in the valley of some hills and you can see lovely bamboo forests around the small town. It was an old swamp land back in the day, but is a much more built up area now.
They have a few lively looking festivals throughout the year, including one on March 1th this year (one year since the earthquake.) I may go along and see what it is all about.