Kenrouken


After the markets we headed to Kenrouken garden – as the Japanese say the 3rd nicest in Japan. I hate these comparisons but well, that’s Japan for you. Gardens have to follow loads of rules to be considered nice…

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In general the garden is beautiful, despite the weather being quite strange and rainy

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And the hordes of Japanese tourists around us. The problem is that currently the Saukra (= cherry) was still in bloom and this drives out the frenzy from our beloved hosts…

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And as they always turn up in rather big numbers they are pretty hard to ignore

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Well, next time I wear a t-shirt with “pay me 5000 YEN for the next photo” and “please don’t feed” on the back Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Yet still – if the group passed, peace returns and it is truly amazing Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The workers are worth a sight as well

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With their very special uniform…

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Full bloom indeed Smiley

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Gnarly trees

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Really twisted like a corkscrew

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And protected, bandaged and straightened up again

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They get really massive as well…

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Small stream meander through the park

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And the Japanese camellia surely enjoys the weather

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Just nice colour combinations

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Petal rivers

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and stranded petals

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I just admired the views

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Different focus Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The small hidden details

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And was being observed Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Taking my shot down-river

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From there up to the bridge

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Different focus again Zwinkerndes Smiley

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A riot of flower buds and colours

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And the typical Japanese scene Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Nice toilets, too…

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As we were heading out again and the rain increased as well suitable gear was essential

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Just a last glimpse through the rain curtains

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Having had just a bit of noodles from 4h earlier and loads of walking in between we were starving. Being in Japan this means there is a theoretical abundance of food around you, just unfortunately your timing doesn’t suit theirs. So in the end we grabbed a local junk food stall and the owner (Koozy) made us some delicious deep fried battered chicken… It was just melting (well, they cook rather rich there…) in the mouth but delicious – I assume it never met the intestine but was absorbed 150% in the stomach before Zwinkerndes Smiley

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As we didn’t intend to eat in such places too often (you can only compensate so much fats and sugars…) and the selection of soft pornography for the waiting customers was not entirely our taste (welcome to Japan…) we headed back to the hotel to get dry and change clothes (mainly socks…).

So being freshly fitted we headed to our appointed restaurant to discover (again) that smoking is quite normal in restaurants and this was one thing we couldn’t really stand now. Therefore off we went to the markets once more as the restaurants open at night, too. Good that we changed socks… (you take off your shoes in most places Zwinkerndes Smiley).

In the end we were really lucky as the place tried to serve very authentic local food and drink. Here is some excerpt from the drinks menu for sake:

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That’s dry reading Zwinkerndes Smiley Here is the real stuff…

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They look so innocent… But sake is technically fermented rice with water and not very strong, but veeeeery rich (around 150 kcal / 100 ml)… So it’s mostly either eat or drink

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We got some nice cooked food as well

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Finally… It’s steaming Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Isn’t that a treat – looks like a shelled scorpion… Prawns are technically just cockroaches from the sea… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Here are some local appetizers Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Puffish (right) on rice

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firefly-squid marinated in soy sauce – looks disgusting but tastes delicious (just thing about anchovies – pretty much the same, just slimier Zwinkerndes Smiley)

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Ok, read for yourself Smiley

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And salt-grilled prawns

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In the end a nice meal and much more interesting than standard classical food.

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