Dinner time at the Onsen

April 10th, 2009By Category: Culture, Travel

akie-blog-5-finalAE – You know, after a long dip in an onsen I’m usually really famished… AK – I hear you.  A hot onsen not only takes your stresses away, leaves your skin silky smooth, but also leaves you starving. AE – Hey, don’t interrupt me when I’m talking during my blog time.

AK -Oh, I’m sorry, gomen ne.  Go on.

AE – So, as I was saying, I’m usually famished, and as I told you at the end of our last issue we were heading off to our room to feast on a scrumptious delicious dinner…

AK – Yeah, the onsen people actually brought the dinner to our room…

AE – Akiko, you did it again!  I was going to say that.

AK – Gome! gomen! gomen! Sorry, I’ll just eat.  Ittadakimasu!

AE – So, as Akiko so rudely mentioned, the dinner was brought to our room.  That is a really cool thing about the more traditional onsens.  All included in a price that won’t break your pocketbook, or empty your wallet for you guys who are treating your ladies.

AK – You know Akie, sometimes you can seem a little boring with the way you talk.  Why don’t you tell them how this food lends to our beauty because the main dishes are filled with natural mountain vegetables picked around these mountain parts.  Also, traditional Japanese food is not usually deep-fried or fatty.  Our dinner consists of great local fish, boiled vegetables, pickled vegetables, tasty miso soup, and some other little side dishes that can really fill you up…

AE – Akiko, why don’t you get back to eating and stop talking…

AK – Hai, sure.

AE – Well, she said it.  The meal isn’t huge but it lends to the whole tranquil environment.  Small dishes that won’t make you fat or feel stuffed.  Akiko is also right that this kind of eating is what lends to our mythical beauty.  After all, you are what you eat.  Traditional Akita food is really wholesome and even during the harsh winters people eat whole soups filled with fish and vegetables.  They call these soups nabe, actually…

AK – Yeah, this kiritampo nabe is great.  Kiritampo is mashed rice shaped around a small tube, or thin rod.  Sometimes you can see local people grilling them on thick wooden sticks; sort of like marshmallows except longer – a great and traditional Akita delight.

AE – Okay! okay! okay! I’m going to stop talking and just eat because Akiko has told you everything.  I’ll see you later Ja,mata ne! akie-akitabijin.blogspot.com

Author of this article

Malcolm Ernst

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