Farewell from Japan – International Cousine in the Inaka

Every beginning and end in Japan are celebrated – usually with copious amounts of delicious food and unlimited alcohol. A farewell to the work camp volunteers this past weekend was no exception. However, due to the small town atmosphere of Daiwa, we had a pot luck instead of going to some fancy restuarant where the food wouldn’t be nearly as good.

The countries represented culinarily were: France, Belgium, Vietnam, Korea, the United States, Thailand and Japan.

I helped myself to the renkon first – I can’t resist the texture!

Tempura – feauturing green peppers, shrimp, sweet potato, winter squash, sesame leaves, and lotus root.

It was my first time trying chijimi – a Korean-style omelet oft-compared to Japan’s okonomiyaki. It was delicious (and maybe even better than okonomiyaki – although I’d never say…).

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