probably the most relaxing day away from the city.
56 more pictures after the cut.
 i just realised that i’m blogging about something which happened exactly 3 months ago. gosh, has it been that long?! [/edit]
my breakfast consisted of:
waffles with drizzled matcha chocolate.
melon pan. you have no idea how many melon buns i ate throughout the whole trip.
after breakfast, we headed to tokyo main station to take the shinkansen.
i love that they give each train a different name.
“dad, what’s with the pout?”
inside the shinkansen.
got this because of the cover. japanese mangas are really easy to read because they provide hiragana characters above the kanji. but being able to read them doesn’t mean that i can understand all of it. when can i resume my japanese lessons?! argh.
stopped at odawara for transit. had to wait for 2 hours so we got out of the station and slacked at a cafe downstairs. thankfully, there was a bookshop there.
saw this statue of hojo, soun. no idea who that is.
omiyage (gift) shops in the station.
finally, our destination. this place is infested with onsen (hot springs) inns.
the lobby area.
because we were too early for check-in, we left our luggage and headed out.
there was a wagashi store just round the corner. the shopkeeper gave us a sample each. i love the chestnut one the best.
some scenery shots i took along the way:
the stretch of omiyage/dried food shops.
dried cuttlefish and pretty fishcakes. it’s a pity i can’t bring those home.
saw this lovely cat outside the shop. it was outside because of…
barbecued fish. at first we thought that we needed to pay before eating but it turned out to be a sampler.
my dad having fun.
yummy stuff. miso soup was provided as well. :\ if this was singapore, everything will be gone within seconds.
kokeshi dolls! wanted to buy but it was too pricey.
more wagashi. really miss the black sesame ones.
look at the amount of stuff we bought. just within 2 hours.
it was time to head back.
i simply adore these buildings.
our room. seriously, i think all onsen inns look the same.
tea was served. got kinda sick from all the wagashi sampling, so i groaned when i saw that we had them for tea as well.
we walked around to take some shots before heading for the onsen.
this is the outdoor bath for both genders. swimming costumes are compulsory.
so after soaking for awhile in the women’s spring with my aunts, we went back to the room for our kaiseki dinner. we skipped lunch just to prepare our stomach for this.
my hungry dad waiting his food.
me feeling really famished and excited about what is to come. don’t really fancy their green yukata. should have brought mine along to wear.
our meal started with this.
beef, eggplant, green chilli.
don’t really know what this is but it was tasty. i think it consisted of melon, tofu and avocado.
this is how you eat it:
my aunt was trying not to laugh when i took this picture. haha.
erm, couple of pickles, walnut, tomato cube and i don’t know? i didn’t know what we were eating half the time.
i have no idea what was in the basket, but i hated it. it had this smoky flavour that was too strong to bear.
barbecuing my beef.
3rd aunt barbecuing hers.
sashimi. no idea what fish though.
chicken in cold jelly. :\ quite weird but edible.
a shot glass of i-have-no-idea-what. egg whites + something.
my favourite dishes came after.
rice with cheesy sauce. ♥♥♥
two thumbs up for the chawanmushi as well.
i could totally tell from this picture that my aunts are trying to stuff the food down.
miso soup with a slice of tofu.
and lastly, dessert.
almond pudding with grapefruit. very refreshing.
this is me after everything:
went to the hot springs for another soak. it helped in digesting our food. didn’t feel as bloated. and the women’s outdoor spring was really a wonderful sight at night.
futons laid out. time for sleep.
alright. enough talking about food and back to my plant animation~