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... near as good as what we had today, which appeared to be prepared in a traditional style that highlighted the beef's unique and delicious characteristics. We were left in awe of this Divine Bovine, and the experience of dining at a Japanese steakhouse.
While Kobe is a neat city that is definitely nice to visit, it's worth coming here simply for the type of experience that we had at Ishida. Hell, it's worth coming all the way to Japan just to sample such fine ass ...
... right change.
So first hurdle is getting money from the cash point. You can only use most the machines if you can read Japanese or if you have a Japanese card. Not to worry, we have just spotted the huge queue. This must be where we get our money from. All cashed up and off we go. So on the tube, so far so good, now our train ticket and we are in Kyoto.
We get our map, which is just a bus map, and we work out where we want ...
... and takoyaki for lunch. As it turned out, Miyuki san spoke even less English than I spoke Japanese and I ended up doing most of the talking (in my very bad Japanese). We just about managed to make a basic conversation work though. We also exchanged some small gifts (I had brought a few presents from the UK with me to Japan), which I thought was very nice. I thought it was very sweet of Miyuki san to bring me a small present.
... most beautiful geisha girl. I wanted to ask her to marry me all over again and even dropped on one knee, much to the amusement of all around. She quickly, but with a smile, pulled me up and told me to behave.
The ladies were sure that I looked like a Samurai, a Shogun no less, though I would have loved to have had black hair long enough to be styled into a top-knot, and a long samurai sword hanging on my back or buckled at my hip.
... poisonous if not prepared properly)! So, another item was added to my "to do in Japan" list after the occasion :)
As you can tell, I am still alive and well!
P.S.: sorry for the delay in postings, Internet was kind of hard to find lately. I will try to catch up on the last several days as soon as possible. Also Maran promised to write a report on our Japanese culinary adventures :)