četrtek, 14. april 2016

Sushi, sake in onsen

Danes se oglašam že iz otoka Kjušu. Ko sem zapustil Hirošimo, sem začutil prijeten občutek, da stopam izven ustaljenih poti večine turistov, a tudi nelagodja, ker je postajalo temno, vlaki so bili skoraj prazni, napisi pa večinoma le še v japonščini. A sem srečno prispel, čeprav je imel regionalni vlak zamudo.

V ta del Japonske me je zaneslo, ko sem prišel v stik s Slovenko, ki tu živi in izvedel, da je okoliš znan po čaju in onsenih. Včeraj me je sicer pričakal njen mož, me odpeljal do gostišča in za večerjo še na sushi. Surove ribe me ravno niso prepričale, a če smo že tukaj, bom seveda poskusil. Zraven sva pila sake, pred spanjem pa sem skočil se na hitro namočit. Vtisi? Sproščujoče, a zelo vroče. Mislim, da niti ni mišljeno, da se dolgo namakaš.





Sushi, sake and onsen


This post I am already writing from Kyushu. Leaving Hiroshima gave me a good feeling of stepping out of the path most tourists take. At the same time it felt a bit uncomfortable as the night fell, the trains became emptier, and the majority of signs started to appear in Japanese only. Despite the regional train delay, I arrived safely, without problems.

I got interested in Kyushu after getting in touch with a Slovenian living here and finding out this area is famous for tea and onsens (hot springs). Upon arrival (yesterday) I was welcomed by her husband who drove me to my accommodation and invited me to try some sushi for dinner. Raw fish did not exactly impress me. However, I wouldn't like to miss the chance. We were drinking sake too. Before sleep is took a quick soak in onsen. Impressions? Relaxing but really hot! I don't think you are supposed to stay in it for long anyway.

P. S. This morning I took another good soak. I liked outdoor pool especially. This time I wasn't alone enjoying it, but it wasn't as uncomfortable as one would expect - considering the rule of entering the bath naked.

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