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28 March 2007 @ 08:41 pm
15 Days: Also, There Was Hinai  
You know, dryers really suck in Japan. Just sayin'.

So, as instructed, I set out in search of Hinaya tonight. And, well, I found it (had to ask for help, as until I got there, I never did figure out the kanji for 比内 -- although the computer here knows. Silly computer, showing me up like that). Of course, I also found out that it's actually four restaurants in one, and Hinaiya itself is apparently not the place I needed to go, since it was just me. And that was the big crowded table for large groups of people place.

So, my choices were Hatahataya, Kamakuraya, and Wasabiya, all of which were apparently really the same, and all of which were (as best I could understand) "sister" restaurants. So, I went to Wasabiya, since that seemed to be the hot place to be. Zing.

Anyway, I ordered the hinai dori kiritanpo as instructed. I'm not quite sure what I ate, exactly, but it's apparently the signature dish of Akita, and it was pretty good. Had, like, uh, chicken in it, and vegetables, and some noodles, and some broth of some sort, and, uh... Hush puppies? Cornbread? Weird tofu? What was that stuff? It wasn't bad, though.

And there it is.

Tomorrow, Kakunodate and on to Sendai.
Current Location: Akita, Japan
In the mood: accomplished
Kyaa the Catlord: catpopekyaathecatlord on March 28th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
Evil dryers is why the entire nation of Japan hangs their clothes out to dry. :P

I swear! I saw it in anime!
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on March 28th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course. I should have watched more anime! Anime is the source of all truth about Japan. Because anime says so!

...Or something.
Kyaa the Catlord: catpopekyaathecatlord on March 28th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
I question your faith in our lord and master 0-anime-sama.
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on March 28th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Anime can bite my big (but not quite as big as it was two weeks ago) behind. :-P
Tullytully01 on March 28th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
If it were shiny and metal we could get a Futurama tag out of this somehow.
Evan M - Jariten: Oyamadajariten on March 28th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
What you ate was kiritanpo - essentially fresh rice that is roasted over a fire until it becomes... a chewy, tasty, and incredibly phallic thing.

Sorry that Akita has been a bit of a bummer. I wish I could have gone with you - it sounds like people have been somewhat unfriendly. WTF.
Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on March 29th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Akita's actually been okay. Oga was fun, in a challenging sort of way (yay, I could find the aquarium with minimal help, which I suppose isn't entirely trivial for a foreigner).

I actually wish I could spend more time here, because I'd like to go hiking in Kakunodate and Tazawako. But, my feet aren't exactly enthusiastic about the idea, the weather hasn't been that great (Oga was the exception, not the rule, although if I was gonna get good weather, that's when I wanted it), and, well, I'd be a bit worried about being stuck with my (really dark) sunglasses in some unlit place if I went too far from the brightly lit cities.

So, I guess I want to come back someday. To there, if not Akita City proper.

Anyway... Certainly not everyone has been unfriendly. The people at the festival center were extremely friendly, as have the people been at the restaurants. The guy at Wasabiya tried to strike up a conversation as I left, even, but unfortunately I was pretty tired at that point, and really wanted to go crash by then, so I didn't put much effort into it.

I'll also note that the only time people have spontaneously offered to help, Dusty was with me. I don't think it's entirely the sunglasses -- in the daytime, those aren't that strange. I suspect it's also that I tend to look competent, even if I'm completely lost, which, honestly, I never quite am, at least so far.
Dustybigmog on March 31st, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
You're eating the local specialities! Good boy!