Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nippon Journey - Toyama Tranquility


After spending four days in the Kansai area, we headed toward Yoshi's Hometown; Toyama. We got on to the train, ordered our bentos and three hours later... we had arrived. This place far exceeded my expectations, I thought it was going to be just an ordinary small town but I was blown away with the beautiful temples, great food and great people.


Train Bento









Kagechiyo (影千代) from Ninja Hattori-Kun from authors of Doraemon

Toyama is also the birth place of the Doraemon manga authors, an area of Himi City is dedicated to Fujiko- Fujio A and also has a small Ninja Hattori Kun museum. Close by to the musuem is a small fish market by the sea...



Squid - XL size


Long Leg Crabs - XL size

Masuzushi




Fried Buri



In the market , there was a small restaurant serving Buri; Known as the King of Toyama Bay, this fish’s name changes with each stage of its life. “Kan-buri”, the yellowtail caught in the coldest season, having just the right balance of fat and caught just before spawning season is a special delicacy. If you are ever in Toyama, this is a must... as the juices in this fish is mad!





The night before we were treat to a massive meal; comprising of the infamous Fugu fish, crab legs, soba noodles, tempura vegetables and tempura shirako or fish sperm. That was no typo...Yes..I ate FISH SPERM! I do not have any pictures of the shirako as I did not know that is was fish sperm till the next day.


So whats the weirdest thing you have eaten ?

15 comments:

steve said...

the sashimi looks great!

sammy said...

Fujiko A!!!!

ciawei said...

The train bento, I wish I can have....:(

Nippon, when can I go there le?? !!sob..

That's Ron said...

when there is a will there is a way! :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love that train bento..

Fresh Local and Best said...

Wow! The variety and exotic species of seafood looks amazing! Your pictures are stunning!

Eyes Bigger Than Belly said...

Great blog Ron!! I'm loving your photos! Cant wait to read more :)

That's Ron said...

@sonia: no worries
@Fresh Local and Best: it tasted great too... Tq for ur compliment
@Eyes Bigger: Tq for that

shizuokagourmet said...

Howdee, mate?
Nice bento you've got here!
"Ekiben/train station bentoes" are a great treat as they reflect the true local gastronomy!
have you tried Toyam sake? They brew some great nectars there!
Cheers,
Robert-Gilles

Gourmet Chick said...

Great blog - that seafood looks amazing.

Hannah said...

Oh heavens, I love Japan. Your posts are bringing back so many wonderful memories! Train bentos are so much fun, and they help to pass the time so well...

That's Ron said...

@gourmet chick: thanks
@Hannah: yeah the bento is awesome
@Robert:Yeah i did, but only a sip, i was rather sick that day.. but i just had to try it!

The Hungary Traveler said...
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The Hungary Traveler said...

Rat, specifically, Great Cane Rate, known locally as Grasscutter. It's a popular bush meat in Ghana and west Africa.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Cane_Rat

That's Ron said...

rat! wow! was it good?