Visit to Tochigi
Here is my overdue blog entry about my visit to Tochigi Prefecture and my friend’s parents place over the Feb 24th weekend.
It is usually a 1.5 hour train ride up north to the small city of Hanyu in Saitama prefecture. There are several connecting train lines that travel towards Saitama. I live closer to Shinjuku and thus am taking a line from there through Akabane.
I went to Shinjuku to purchase the obligatory omiyage or souvenir for them. I bought rice mochi with custard inside.
They were happy about that.
They usually have a lot to talk about and it is really enjoyable and quite the experience to listen to what they have to say about the world, kidnappings by Korea, World War II, George Bush, their dog jack, and of course their son (the reason I am in Japan today) Shuntaro Honzawa whom is studying in Ottawa, Canada.
Usually the evening is filled with great food and me and Mr. Honzawa chatting it up over beer and hot sake. Oh, and this is all after I take a bath prior to dinner to relax my sore salaryman muscles.
So on the Sunday of that weekend, they asked if I wanted to eat Ramen or Soba. I chose Soba and that means a trip to their favourite spot in 1.5 hours away in Tochigi prefecture. Awesome. A peaceful visit to the temple there and some pictures for you.