first here are some views from our room during the day :)
mountains right behind our hotel
we walked around a bit today since we didn't really have anything planned, besides dinner
saw this cool dior store
and of course i had to take our picture in the little mirrors on the dior building haha
these are like our orange barrels back home...only they are monkeys haha
thought this sign was cute. if you ride your bike here, all japanese people of all ages will apparently be so disappointed in you haha ;)
found another arcade, and these prizes were crazy! cat paws! and they felt SO REAL it was freaky! the pads were made out of a jelly-rubber so it really felt like a cat paw haha...and check out the cartoon of the guy on the poster in the background hahahahahaa
this lady thought her puppies were her children i guess
and japan has every flavor of pringles ever!
we had a few food places in mind that we wanted to try thanks to our internet friend, keith (kobekeith on the trip advisor forums), who gave us the heads up on some amazing places to try!
first were the delicious gyoza from akaman. these things were so good! homemade potstickers that they prepare for the day, and then just close up shop once they sell out!
and then tonight we also had reservations for a place called ume no hana, which was AMAZING. keith told us how great it was, but we had no idea just HOW good until we got there tonight! it really was a VERY memorable dinner that we LOVED! also, keith was so great as to reserve a special private room for us since it's our honeymoon!!! normally these private rooms are for 4 or more people, but they allowed us to have our own room since it was our honeymoon! it was the BEST!!!
our private room!!!!!
AWESOME view of the city!
both ready for our 15-course meal. yes, 15-courses haha
our place setting with green tea
courses #1, #2, & #3.
#1) boiled green vegetable seasoned with soysauce and fish stock
#2) tofu-like food made from milk, fresh cream and arrowroot starch
#3) cold yuba
#4) cup of savory steamed egg custard containing shrimp, mushrooms, dumpling, and ginkgo nut
#6) chinese-style dumpling made with tofu
#7) deep-fried wheat-gluten coated with miso paste
#8) lotus root dumplings topped with fish stock sauce
#9) boiled tofu (eaten with soy starchy sauce, grind sesame seeds, and grated ginger)
#10) deep-fried yuba roll with ground whitefish
#11) yuba gratin
#12) savory steamed glutinous rice
#13) clear soup with yuba
#14) japanese pickled vegetables
i chose the soy ice cream with sugar syrup, and erik chose the strawberry ice cream. both were SO good
everything was AMAZING. the only one we weren't crazy about was the boiled tofu. i think it was a texture thing, but the whole experience was just so memorable. no one there really spoke any engligh, and luckily our server was a girl who looked to be about our age, so we all had fun together trying to figure out what each other was saying hahaha...she was trying so hard with her english, and we were picking up the very few japanese words we know, and we all did a lot of laughing together because it was pretty funny trying to watch one-another struggle to try to get across what we were trying to say :) she liked when we would say things in japanese though! it was such an awesome night :)