Ishinomaki to Fukushima
After such a difficult but interesting day in Ishinomaki it was nice to have a good evening to look forward to. First of all, I had a great dinner, including whale sashimi. Yes, whale. Really good! After dinner I went to meet Miku, an NPO worker who was my interpreter at FM Ishinomaki the day before. She invited me to, Matsubaraso, her boyfriendfs restaurant on the outskirts of town for a drink and some amazing little dishes that he had prepared, including a scallop gratin with kaki - delicious!
The most amazing scallop ever - scallop and kaki gratin at Matsubaraso
Futon bed at Kikuchi ryokan - first time I slept in one!
The wonderful owners of Kikuchi
This morning I left lovely Kikuchi ryokan after an awsome breakfast - I had wholegrain bread for the first time in a month! From there I drove along the coast to Matsushima where I hiked up a hill to see the famous bay view. Sadly, it wasnft the song of birds I heard but drills and machinery where buildings were being torn down or repaired. I guess itfs a good thing and means that the reconstruction is going well.
just thinking of how big a gratin this could make....
Scallop farming area in Matsushima Bay
Great view of the bay from one of the hills
After an hour or so there I continued driving to Fukushima (not the power plant but the prefecture, donft worry) where I met my local guides Sugimoto-san and Azuma-san. We went apple picking in a nearby orchard at Marusei fruit farm. Sadly, itfs not kaki season yet (ok, I should stop thinking about yesterdayfs scallop gratin...). Ifve now checked in at Kirakuya Inn, a great onsen ryokan near the mountains. I hope it stops raining in time for tomorrowfs walk!
My Fukushima welcome committee and Marusei farm owner (in pink)