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During our 2-week vacation, we stayed at two ryokans (traditional inn). The first is Yakakutei 野鶴亭 (wild crane pavilion) located in Kirishima霧島 (literally, fog island) in southern Kyushu. Half-board is usually the only option for staying at a ryokan and we were happy to indulge ourselves.

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And indulged we did. Every night was a kaiseki-ish feast. Not only we ate what was set on the table, we were served a few more additional dishes, typically ending with a rice and miso soup. By that time, we could barely get up from the floor.

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On the right is a little stove for making shabu-shabu or nabe.
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Another elaborate meal.

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There were 11 courses one night. Below are the dishes presented at a casual kaiseki.

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We will not bother to translate the menu which was printed onto gold-flecked paper.

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These three dishes were brought on the same tray made of woven bamboo and a wooden frame.

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Two plates of fishes – this one being quite sour …

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… and sashimi

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There was chawanmushi.

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Tasty stewed meat dish but we cannot describe what the flavor was.

kirishimadinner-29 Grilled fish – yakimono (焼物) – pretty plate !

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Something crunchy

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Personal shabu-shabu – a shiizakana (強肴)

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… started by cooking the shimeji fungi

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Salad ?  Su-zakana (酢肴)

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There were barely-cooked tuna hidden underneath the vegetables.

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Finished with mouchi and fruits. Mizumono (水物)

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The snacks and meals we had were the highlights of our trip. More posts about food to come.

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One Comment

  1. I am so jealous I am turning green!!


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