Happy Tuesday everyone. Since it is Tuesday it is time for T Day again. Time to share your drink related posts over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's Blog.
Today I am sharing a lunch in Japan with you. Can you see our glasses behind the menu/ There was 4 of us at lunch and 2 people had coffee, 1 had water, and I had orange juice, which surprisingly seemed to be a common offering at all meals. It's similar to oj we have here in the states, but I think the variety of oranges they make it from is different and it tastes just ever so slightly different. But refreshing and good and not like you should be eating breakfast.
So for lunch this day in Kyoto we had these "Japanese Pizzas". Well they aren't really pizzas. They are called Okonomiyaki. They are a savory pancake filled with various things. These are the common Kyoto variations, and at different parts of the country they have different filled okonomiyaki.
The one on the left really looks like cinnamon bun. It is a noodle pancake, and I can't say I know what the white is on the top. The middle one is a noodle pancake with soy and pork. And the right one is a buckwheat crepe filled with scallions and other veggies. That one was my favorite, and then the noodle on in the middle.
You can see the heating pan in the middle of the table. The okonomiyaki come to the table all cooked and then get transferred to the heat plate which keeps them hot.
Here's my lunch crowd. They are 3 of the teachers I traveled with to Japan. One of the other teachers and our translation/ guide went elsewhere for lunch as our other teacher eats gluten free, which is not easy to do in Japan.
And to answer some of your question about our visit to see Geishas the other day. Here's the post: A Favorite Japan Adventure. Many of you asked if the geishas didn't want their photos taken or if they seemed annoyed by the presence of tourists.
Geishas are highly paid traditional entertainers. I would compare them to movie stars and us visitors as the fans who want to see them. However, as long as you don't bother them and give them room to move and get to where they need to go, they just walk around you. You don't want to mob them or stop them for photos. Or at least this is what we were told by our translator/ guide. My photos look close up because I had a zoom lens on my camera and we really didn't mob or get close to any of these interesting women. We actually stood their just watching as they walked in awe that we were seeing real geishas.
And I thought I share another of my favorite spots from Japan with you today.
The bamboo forest in Kyoto.
I didn't know bamboo could grow this tall.
It's hard to believe that bamboo is really a grass and that grass can grow this high.
It was really cool.
That's all for me today.
Thanks for visiting, and hope everyone has a great T Day.