A day of treats in Kitakata
If my ankle could express itself, this would be the face it'd be making right now!
Today I left Kirakuya Inn quite early and headed for the small town of Kitakata on my way to Aizu Wakamatsu. It is a very cute little town with a lot of old buildings, including a lot of sake breweries and historical warehouses.
Old warehouses of Kitakata - look at the windows
My first stop was actually at a Homaresake brewery - no, I wasnft drinking at 9am, I went there to see their beautiful Japanese garden. The owner did however give me a bottle of Yuzu sake, which Ifm looking forward to drinking soon!
Water source at Homare sake brewery
Can't wait to try my yuzu sake!
My entourage for the day
After that brief halt I went to meet Takahashi-san, a very skilled artist who does calligraphy and carvings, including ghankoh - japanese stamps and seals. Normally you use one of the letters of your name in the seal or something related to it, but I obviously donft have a Japanese name so after a thorough analysis of my personality he decided which kanji should be used to write my name and one of them was chosen for my seal, which I made on a tiny piece of marble. He also very generously gave me a pot of red ink to use it with. Considering how long my name until I get married using this seal could be a good alternative!
Takahashi-sensei writing my seal's kanji
I then hobbled along on my sore ankle, using an umbrella as a crutch, and went for a delicious bowl of Kitakatafs famous ramen noodles. As Raina said a couple of weeks back, there are days when you feel like all you do is eating... Well this was one of them. After the ramen, I went to a miso shop and sampled a lot of different kinds of miso followed by... miso pudding (!) and miso ice cream (!!) and I must say that both of them were delicious. Ifll try to make the miso pudding at home actually.
Miso ice cream - delicous!
Feel like another one, just looking at it...