17 Mar 2013

Japan by Dorothy

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It was a chilly and gloomy day, so we briskly headed to our next indoor destination: the 21st Century Modern Art Museum. The labyrinth-like layout was a little confusing. Several of the works were interactive. One room was dark except for a central spotlight on a piano and a projection video of a slowly burning piano. The piano was available for people to create music or sounds to accompany the video. Other installations included a swimming pool and a disco room filled with beanbags.

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We had dinner at Itaru, a cosy izakaya restaurant filled with locals. The majority of the staff did not speak English (my Aunt helped us book our reservation), but we were seated at the counter next to the one chef that knew a bit of English. He was super friendly and helpful, and through talking with him, we learned that he had worked at Taisho in NY for a few months.

This was our favorite meal of the trip. The sake was fantastic. We ordered the sashimi (included tasty raw octopus), raw squid in a squid ink dressing, grilled nodoguro, a huge portion of hamachi kama, simmered yellowtail and daikon, fried shrimp, oyster and vegetable fritters, local vegetables and sweet potato pudding to finish. All of the seafood was excellent and went well with the sake.