The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 3 September 2006

Yakiniku (and no, it's not yucky)

The first week we arrived to the Noto (few weeks ago now), some of the 2nd and 3rd year JETs in the Northern section of Ishikawa-ken organised a dinner to meet us Noto newbies. We drove about 30minutes to this yakiniku restaurant in the next major town south (most of the major towns around in the Noto are about 30-40 minutes drive from us). From what I understand, yakiniku is a Japanese-style of Korean BBQ (i.e. bulgolgi). (Note - one thing we noticed about the foreign food in Japan is that they have all been Japanesified. Yes, I have seen spaghetti served with soy sauce at a restaurant here).

The food was yummy (cook-your-own) and beef tongue tastes quite good! We had an assortment of red meat and seafood as well as vegetables, rice and soup. It was relatively cheap too - I think we ended up paying about 1100 yen each (roughly about AU$12.50?). We had a great time, and it was good meeting the JETs who are living and working nearby us (nearby being up to 1 hour's drive away from where we are).

This is a photo of some of the JETs whom we will be very well acquainted with (two Aussies (Rob and myself) and one English guy - the rest are from the US):

Of the hotplate, cooking beef:

The group at the table:

And here's Rob having fun conversing with a few of the Japanese people we sat next to (they were collegues of one of the JETs at dinner):

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