Posted by: Laura | November 25, 2008

Off to Matsumoto…

I may not be in Kansas, but sometimes it feels like I may only be in Nebraska... Denny's are apparently very popular over here, this is the 2nd one I've seen in Tokyo so far!

I may not be in Kansas, but sometimes it feels like I may only be in Nebraska...

After a slow start to the day with packing and such, Mandy and I took our gear for the weekend up to meet Paul after school for lunch.  We then went to the base to rent a car for the weekend, but I wasn’t allowed on base – or at least they said it would be easier for me to just wait at the gate if it wasn’t going to take long to get the car.  Then, we hit the road… on the left side.  It was Paul’s first time driving in Japan, and my first time in a personal car that was driven on the other side.  Heading out of the city, we passed the second Denny’s I’ve seen in Tokyo so far…  apparently they’re popular over here.  Some of the other views leaving the city were amazing… including some buildings, an amazing view of Fujisan looking like it was on fire (from the sun behind it while steam is coming off due to the snow), and some of the Japan Alps.

(left) The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, and (right) the Grand Hyatt Hotel (hotel used in Lost in Translation)

(left building - 2 towers) The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, and (right building - 3 towers) the Grand Hyatt Hotel (the hotel used in Lost in Translation)

Fujisan looking like it is on fire

Fujisan looking like it is on fire

Gridiron that we cooked our food on

Gridiron that we cooked our food on

We made our way through to Matsumoto (which is known as the “Gateway to the Japan Alps”), checked into our Japanese style hotel, and then headed out in search of food.  We found a Yakiniku (which literally means burn meat) restaurant.  In this type of restaurant they basically give you a plate of raw meat, and you cook it yourself on a gridiron grill built into the middle of the table.  The meat was delicious!  For someone who sometimes feels like she is going to turn into a vegetarian, meals like this keep me from doing so.

Our table full of yummy food

Our table full of yummy food

Paul & Mandy at Dinner

Paul & Mandy at Dinner

At one point, we began to wonder if we were eating tongue... so this is Mandy pondering what the meat is... and not caring because it was so good

Since we were all new to this, we (well, they) asked the waiter for suggestions as to what to get, and at one point, we began to wonder if we were eating tongue... so this is Mandy pondering what the meat is... and not caring because it was so good

-)

Me at Dinner 🙂

Paul attempting to interpret the menu to figure out if what we had just eaten

Paul attempting to interpret the menu to figure out if what we had just eaten

A chart we later discovered on the menu to infact tell us which parts of the cow we were eating... an no, we were not eating tongue

A chart we later discovered on the menu to infact tell us which parts of the cow we were eating... an no, we were not eating tongue

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  1. I am sooooooo super jealous!

    When you get back let’s grab lunch and debrief about the ENTIRE TRIP.

    I want to be in Japan/China/Thailand (one of those three) within the next 2-3 years.

    I need all the advice I can get as I have never been past Instanbul!!!!

    So excited for you ….

    I want alllllll the details when you get back.

    Safe travels and ENJOY IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jen Paquette

  2. Dear Laura,
    Great pictures! The one of Fujisan is amazing. We’ve been making copies of your blog for Grandpa. He is very impressed with your pictures. Sounds like you are having fun.
    Love, Mom and Dad


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