Saturday, October 15, 2016 Otaru, Hokkaido
After visiting the Hokkaido Museum we were off to Otaru, a port city facing Ishikari Bay. The experience for me and Sweetie was totally different from two years prior when us sistahs were there during the wintertime. You can check that out here.
Our meeting place was in front of the Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum. I was relieved to find that we wouldn't be taking a tour of the museum again . . . 'cause we did the tour before, and trust me . . . once is enough.
Instead, we were free to roam and shop as we pleased for a couple of hours.
All along the streets were vendors selling all sorts of mollusks that you could buy to be grilled and eaten right away.
These fish were air drying on a spinning contraption.
Melons weren't in season when we were there in the wintertime.
This time, though, cut-up melons were available for us to try.
And O-M-GAAAWD . . . they were the sweetest, juiciest melons EVER. Now we know what all the hype is about, and if you look at the sign, these were rated "15" in sweetness. The number could go even higher!
There are so many etiquette rules in Japan, and maybe eating while walking is a no-no. Not sure. At any rate, seats were set up on the sidewalk where you could plop yourself down to enjoy your treats.
These cute, cute solar toys were displayed in the window of a restaurant.
Here's a short video that I took.
I neglected to take a photo of the shop that sold this yuzu honey syrup called Yuzu Mitsu, but wanted to let you know about it. A tablespoon of the syrup added to a mug of ice-cold water, makes a most refreshing drink. We bought it for the first time last year on Miyajima Island. A girl was standing in front of the store there just like at this location in Otaru with tiny sample cups for you to try. It's kinda expensive ($15/bottle) and being liquid, a bit heavy in the suitcase, but it's a cool omiyage to bring back, if not for somebody else, then maybe for yourself.
It was nearing lunchtime and although we weren't really that hungry yet, we started searching for a place to eat. Most of the restaurants that we passed were crowded and noisy . . . not to our liking. Luckily, we finally did find a cute mom-and-pop type of ramen shop with a few empty seats.
We both got a miso ramen . . . nothing fancy, but very tasty.
It was only 700 yen.
After eating, we started heading back towards our meeting place. This was in front of LeTAO where we had stopped for lunch two years ago. You can check that out here.
This Pumpkin Head guy was also in front of LeTAO. Halloween seems to be a big thing in Japan . . . not so much for the trick-or-treating but more for the dressing up.
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