Last weekend my family visited my parents- in-law who live in a rural area of Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku. It took me about three hours to drive there from my home in Nakamozu (なかもず), Sakai City, Osaka. It’s always an enjoyable drive along the Hanshin Expressway past Kobe and over the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge (明石海峡大橋). This bridge I believe is the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is just under 4kms long and is 283m high. It is Biiiiiiiiiiiggggg! In the evenings it is lit up beautifully with colourful lights and on a clear day the view is awesome out over the water.
On Sunday we decided to go for a drive to Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. When living in Japan, you soon realize that many cities and prefectures are famous for specialty goods and foods. Osaka City is famous for Takoyaki – hot octopus balls (I burn my tongue every time!) – and Okonomiyaki – a large cabbage pancake. It is always good to explore the country and taste the different local foods. The variety of unique Japanese food is one aspects I most love about living and teaching English in Japan. Good food, and good people. You can’t ask for much more than that.
A student from my English conversation school(英会話 月謝) recently told me that Kagawa is famous for udon noodles. My student had actually driven from Sakai City to Kagawa several times, just to eat the Sanuki Udon. So I thought I must give them a go and had very high expectations. My lunch (pictured) was delicious, as a lover of Japanese food, this was no surprise. However, to be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference between that udon, and the udon I get from Osaka. I guess my udon palete is not as refined as others. I’ll (very happily) have to just keep working on it!
Smiths’s School of English Nakamozu – スミス英会話 なかもず校 （月謝）
Smiths’s School of English Sakai Higashi – スミス英会話 堺東校 （月謝）