On Sunday we had a student trip to Kannawa, which is an area known for not only it’s hot springs, but also steam cooking. Geothermal steam has been used for cooking in Kannawa for over 400 years. According to the Jigoku restaurant, the over 100C steam contains lots of minerals and makes food more delicious.
Unfortunately, we did not get to steam our food ourselves, but it was already prepared when we got there. It was fun and interesting to see how it is done, though!
Even though it was only 11 am, the place was filled with Japanese, enjoying their sunny Sunday lunch (which made me drool, since of course our meal was not seafood except for few shrimp). One thing I found rather interesting, was that we cleaned and washed our plates after eating. In how many restaurants do you have to clean up after yourself?
After the steam food, we got to steam our feet and soak them in the warm water. That would have felt amazing after a long day of walking, but it wasn’t bad in the morning, either!
Next time, I need to go to an onsen! I am enjoying the ofuro in AP house, but I really want to experience the authentic bath. There are apparently several different kinds – the one thing in common is that they smell. Really bad.