Delicious Setouchi: Tipsy on Puffer Fish & High-grade Sake [Tour Report Part 2]

After enjoying the Capital of the Blazing Flower, the next place our tour party visited was Fujiyoshi, a Japanese Restaurant that serves pufferfish, among other specialties!

Actually, Shunan city is located in the area where longline pufferfish fishing originated – Fujiyoshi is well-known with diners who visit from all over Japan!

They offer a full course that includes a myriad of tiger pufferfish dishes that even surprised tour members who aren’t particularly fond of puffer fish!

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Puffer fish sashimi, a staple favorite, is served with… hot sake with grilled puffer fish fins.

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Pufferfish tempura, and tecchiri (a boiled pufferfish dish)… and to finish off, rice gruel soaked in puffer fish soup stock.

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Stewed pufferfish is also served, and dessert, too! You can really enjoy your fill of pufferfish at Fujiyoshi ♪

Next we paid a visit to Iwakuni’s Sakai Brewery, the place where the hot Gokyo sake that we enjoyed is brewed.

The brewery is located near the 5-arched Kintaikyo Bridge, which is one of Japan’s three most famous bridges. As soon as we arrive, we’re welcomed by some tasty-looking sake ♪

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Announcing that it’s ‘tasting time’ is perhaps a little premature…!

Within the brewery we learned how these high-grade sake types are created.

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We sampled some sake lees, and some fresh, unprocessed sake…

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Lastly, we tasted and compared Gokyo sake!

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The cherry blossoms are half open… We’re slightly intoxicated by the cherry blossoms and the bridge bathing in the evening sun.

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“It’s so lovely-”

The words of a tour participant sink into my heart.

Together with the sunset, this particular “Delicious Tour” finishes…

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Please look out for our next Setouchi tour!

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masashi Fujimoto

 

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Masafumi Fujimoto

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Masafumi Fujimoto Hi there! My name is Masafumi Fujimoto. Until the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, I was engaged in editing production at an advertising company in Tokyo. However, the earthquake was a turning point in my life and I headed home to Yamaguchi. When I arrived, I was extremely energized and motivated to help revitalize the region, but I had a hard time adjusting to the motivation level of the local people. Around that time I met an elderly lady who said: "It doesn't matter if all the people move away from the island; that's just the nature of things. Someday people will come back again." Lessening the tension I’d been feeling, those few words relieved me hugely, and I was able to finally adjust. Since then, I've been involved in writing and editing magazines, and working in advertisement production, as well as doing a little bit of farming. I also spend time walking around Setouchi searching for the many, many voices out there.

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