Tuesday, November 10, 2009
First, and foremost, sushi in Nippon is like 100 time better than sushi in the states. I suppose that might go without saying, but I just wanted to reiterate...I am spoiled for life in the sushi department, now that I've had it here, in Japan.
Second: Last night J and I went on a date. Perhaps the first real date since Lils-a-belle was born. Though short, it was heavenly to spend time alone with my love. We went to a sushi restaurant here in Oyumino and ate all manner of lovely raw fishies. Here, you sit at a bar type table on a stool. The bar surrounds the sushi chef and there is a conveyor belt that goes all the way around the bar. On the conveyor belt are little plates with different types of sushi on them, just raw fish on rice, ebi (shrimp), ika (eel, yum, my fav.), maguro (tuna), tako (octopus) and lots more of which I don't know the names. And in the midst of a it all, is a lovely centerpiece...a tank filled with a school of large swimming fish. A lovely sight to see. Ah, the Japanese, always so keen to find beauty in the simple, organic nature of the things around us. So we're taking plates off the belt and eating away when the chef asks Jonathan, "Do you want to try the Aji?" Jonathan says, "Sure." The chef says, "It might twitch a little...is that okay?" Jonathan, of course, says, "Sure." So he turns around, grabs a net, throws it into the tank and pulls out a fish. 10 flat seconds later there was a fish missing the lower half of its body on a plate with a skewer through its little body so that it made an s-shape. Two lovely, ULTRA-fresh pieces of raw fish sat on top of two little piles of rice. And (I kid you not) the fish looked at me and fluttered its fins and opened and closed its mouth for about 10 minutes. Jonathan and I looked at each other, picked up our respective pieces of aji with our hashi and ate some of the most delcious, fresh fish I've ever tasted, but then, it should have been fresh. It was basically still alive.
* I am beyond sorry that I didn't bring my camera to capture this momentous adventure. Alas, we can't find the camera at present. Pray that it makes an appearance soon! Only 1 week left to document our trip here...