Awa Odori Posters
Awa Odori posters are a hot topic among anime fans every year. The Awa-odori is the largest and most famous bon (Japanese Buddhist custom that honors one’s ancestors) dance in Japan. Tokushima City holds an annual anime event in the city. I am impressed by the administration that it is quite easy for cosplayers to walk around the shopping streets.
Perhaps because of that, the Awa Odori posters produced every year are designed by anime artists. Of course, the author is different every year. The posters are posted everywhere in the city, but they are often stolen.
The Difficult Parking
What should I eat for breakfast? There is no breakfast as it is an overnight stay. According to the locals, I often eat udon in Tokushima. When I searched online, I found a udon shop nearby. My return flight is 11:20 from Takamatsu to Okinawa. It takes two hours to reach the airport. I want to buy some vegetables along the way and go home.
The time was already around 8 o’clock. I got dressed quickly and left the hotel by car. A few minutes later I arrived at the target udon shop. But it’s difficult to enter the parking lot! I tried to park my car in the back. However it got stuck in a car coming from behind. I had no choice but to pass through once. There are many one-way streets in Tokushima. I made a big round trip and finally got back to the parking lot. This time, I went backwards without hesitation and proceeded to the back of the narrow parking lot. Parking is difficult!
Udon Shop Yama
The entrance is covered with “Self Udon”. It says “Sanuki Udon”. Sanuki is the old name of Kagawa in the neighboring prefecture where udon is famous. Tokushima is Awa. There is no such thing as “Awa udon”.
The system of this udon shop is the same as the cafeteria. The customer first orders udon. Then, take tempura, rice, oden, etc. on a plate. Finally, receive the udon and pay for it. I bought a hot udon (small) and eggplant tempura.
The spices are also generously placed. I put many leeks in udon. I’ve ever seen the warning as “Don’t put a lot of leek to your bowl” at the stand-up soba (buckwheat) shop near Tokyo Station. There is no such notice here. Let’s add grated ginger and lemon slices! With this, 360 yen is reasonable.
A Hot Udon And Eggplant Tempura
I sit at the counter by the window and pick up udon with chopsticks. White noodles shine brightly in the morning sun. Ah, the weather is nice. I slurped udon. The noodles are thick, smooth and not very elastic. The noodles pass smoothly through my throat and fall into my stomach. I feel good. I sipped seasoned soup. It is light and has a good taste. It has a gentle taste. delicious.
I stir the bowl with chopsticks and blend the spices into the whole. And I put the eggplant tempura that was torn into pieces. I had to make small the eggplant tempura to put into the donburi. A harmony of grated radish, lemon and oil of tempura. delicious. Supreme. It’s a pity that the tempura is cold. it’s no use. I repeated the action, slurp udon, drink soup, tear off eggplant tempura.
Last night I ate ramen at midnight. A light meal is good for my stomach. Ah, I’m satisfied.
I’m Having Deja Vu
I suddenly thought while returning the dishes. Ah? I remember seeing this scenery before. Is this deja vu? I searched for photos in my smartphone. It’s convenient because I can find photos from the map. I found a photo taken near my current location! Two years ago. I was eating breakfast at this udon shop. Moreover, I was eating the same menu. The difference is slight. It was Sudachi (a citrus fruit similar to a lime) instead of lemon at this time. Sudachi is a specialty product of Tokushima.
Why do I choose eggplant when there are many types of tempura? I did not prefer eggplant. Only eggplant remained after the elimination method. Was it the same for me two years ago? Is my taste pattern very conservative? I am aware that I tend to consciously choose the same. I have some rules that I eat only same dish every time at the specified restaurant. Sometimes I command me that I have to eat specified this at the restaurant. It’s by no means obsessive. I’m just eating my favorite food.
I was confronted with the reality of unconsciously repeating the same actions. The data does not lie. I have to admit. That’s it. I have a conservative idea about food. I’m afraid of failing to make a choice and eating a bad meal. No adventurous for my food. I’m not a courageous person. What’s wrong. Oh, I’m such a man anyway. Leave me alone.
Udon Shop Yama
I ate at more than 1,000 restaurants in 3 years!!
I am a Japanese middle-aged man living in Okinawa. I was an office worker until the corona shock. I went on a business trip all over Japan, and sometimes abroad. I visited more than a thousand restaurants in three years. (more info…)