Friday, July 19, 2013

Nikko (October 2012)

Last October, Mrs. S. and I went on a tour to Nikko to see the fall foliage.  Our first stop was Ryuzu Falls, which means "dragon head."  The falls are thought to resemble a dragon head, however I couldn't see it.  Do you? 

Beautiful Japanese Red Maple

Halloween decorations in one of the stores!

Our next stop was Kegon Falls ... it did not disappoint with all the beautiful fall colors!

And then we were off to visit the shrines ... Nikko is home to several shrines but its most famous is the Nikko Toshogu Shrine.  It's home to the three famous monkeys ... "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil."

A five tiered pagoda near the entrance

Torii Gate

The barn with the famous monkeys!

A close-up of the monkeys


Getting my fortune!

I think mine was future good luck ... but, of course, now I can't remember for sure :)

My fortune!

The shrine was huge and had many buildings

Leaving the Nikko Toshogu

Beautiful path lined with Japanese lanterns

On to the next shrine!

We weren't sure what this was for ... but we participated anyways!

Loved this one!

I think we went to three shrines that afternoon, however Nikko Toshogu was definitely the highlight for me.  And the beautiful fall foliage!  I hope to go to visit some more famous fall foliage spots this fall!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Shin's Sushi

There are a few restaurants around our base which are very popular and well known with the gaijins (foreigners).  We've tried most of them, but had never been to Shin's.  I don't know why we waited so long.  It was SO good and so nice to have sushi rolls instead of just sashimi.  

He has the cutest little restaurant right on the line between Zama and Ebina, reachable by car or train, which is always convenient!  He is pretty popular among the airwing, but he told us that he rarely has customers from Camp Zama which I thought was strange since he is so close to their base!

The name of these beans was lost in translation but they were good!

Shin in action

Salmon Avocado Roll - my favorite by far!

Spicy Tuna Roll - made spicy with wasabi, not mayo!

Grilled oysters and asparagus

Fried whale!


If you live in this area, you must go.  I've already been back since our original visit and am looking forward to my next visit!