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!
Puffer fish sashimi, a staple favorite, is served with… hot sake with grilled puffer fish fins.
Pufferfish tempura, and tecchiri (a boiled pufferfish dish)… and to finish off, rice gruel soaked in puffer fish soup stock.
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 ♪
Announcing that it’s ‘tasting time’ is perhaps a little premature…!
Within the brewery we learned how these high-grade sake types are created.
We sampled some sake lees, and some fresh, unprocessed sake…
Lastly, we tasted and compared Gokyo sake!
The cherry blossoms are half open… We’re slightly intoxicated by the cherry blossoms and the bridge bathing in the evening sun.
“It’s so lovely-”
The words of a tour participant sink into my heart.
Together with the sunset, this particular “Delicious Tour” finishes…
Please look out for our next Setouchi tour!
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masashi Fujimoto
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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