Kyushu: Day 8 (Jan 7)
Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 at 8:28am by Brett.
(Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 at 10:28pm Japanese Standard Time)
Sei and I came back to Tsukuba today.
We got up "early" and Yuuko had made us breakfast. It was a more traditional breakfast...like what Sei's family servered.
I decided I really like the traditional Japanese breakfast. It's nice...that's all.
Yuuko, instead of serving salmon like Sei's family had, served a smaller fish...cooked, but whole. When I first came to Japan, and just...in general, I try to (sometimes force myself to) try different things. I'm glad to say that there has been only one thing placed in front of me since I came here that I wouldn't eat, and it was large, red, fish eggs. I just couldn't eat them.
So, I'm eating my rice and miso soup, and look at the fish. I decide to give it a try, and pick it up. It was a split second decision--Head side or tail side first? I picked head side...my reasoning was that food goes in on that side...
I take a bite and chew. It tastes, as expected, like fish. I'm chewing when it suddenly hits me. I just ATE a fish head. The head of a fish is in my mouth, and I'm chewing it. I felt a little...a little warning, if you will, that if I want to continue eating breakfast, I need to immediately swallow or spit. I started shoveling rice in my mouth trying to force any suggestion of fish taste out of my mouth...but all in vain.
I start chewing a bit faster, and something crunched. As it always does when you're very nervous or worried, my mind thought the worst thing..."An eye...you just bit down on an eye."
Luckily, half a bowl of rice later I was able to swallow the fish head instead of having it return to thank Yuuko itself for the delicious breakfast. The rest of the day, though, I was convinced I had fish eye stuck in my teeth...
After breakfast, we went to the station where we caught a bus to Kagoshima airport. From there, we caught a plane to Haneda, then a bus to Tsukuba.
And so ends the trip to Kyushu. It was, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and fun weeks I've spent here.
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