Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mountain Vegetables

Clarence, Nounours, Irish Matt and I recently had a nice lunch worth mentioning at a soba restaurant near Ashikaga Flower Park. Nounours had been to the place before, and he recommended the sansai tempura to accompany my soba. I hadn't had that before, so I was excited to try it out. Sansai literally means mountain vegetables and these were apparently gathered in the nearby mountains. I love the word because I can read its kanji characters on the menu. Anyway, they were then fried in a light crispy batter, with some sea salt available to sprinkle on top. It was awesome.

The most interesting bit was pretty much a flower. The big yellow guy in the corner there is called fukinoto. I asked the staff about it and they produced an edible plant field guide and pointed it out to me. It seemed like they were going mountain vegetable wandering themselves. Very cool.

The very unassuming exterior of the restaurant.

This doesn't relate to anything but I thought that it was amusing. With advertising like this, it's a wonder more Japanese people aren't overweight.


  1. If I want to experience ice and bliss at the same time, I know what I can do.

  2. I can't think of a time when blissful ice wouldn't be a good idea.