26 (Mon) September 2016
at [forgot the name of the place]
Mission to Japan, Day 2 (see previously 7.264 Negitoro Gunkanmaki).
In Tokyo. Here to attend/facilitate a workshop on childhood obesity, Tuesday thru Friday. Arrived Sunday morning. Flying back to Manila on Saturday.
As the workshop is cohosted by and will be convened at NIPH, which is located in the tiny town of Wako, in the prefecture of Saitama, to the northwest of Tokyo, that’s where we’ll be based for the duration.
In any other country, I might think that such geographical isolation would limit my dining experiences, but not to worry in Japan (see for example 2.026 Assorted Nigiri Sushi).
The food was excellent. We had a bit of everything, and everything was good.
Seeing horse on the menu, I had to partake. In the sushi, the raw horse — “ba = horse” + “sashi = pierced” + “negi = scallion” — was utterly flavorless, kinda rubbery/chewy in texture. Same with the grilled, though the marinade compensated somewhat for the lack of flavor in the meat per se — reminded me of the wallaby, kangaroo, and emu that I’d tried in Australia (see for example 5.338 Wild Harrisa Spiced Wallaby Loin). Add another animal to the list.
When I wrap GMTD, I look forward to looking back at all the animals that I’ve eaten.