April 30, 2013

A Trip to Yuzawa, Part V/湯沢への旅、パート5

I waited for ten minutes or so until the bus arrived.
Retro (classic) bus whose nickname is Neko Bus (Cat Bus) because of its rememblance to the Neko Bus in an anime movie.
It was only a five-minute ride.
Every year, Hana Matsuri (lit. Flower Festival) is held on April 29 in Yuzawa Chuo Koen (Yuzawa Central Park).

My family used to go to this festival when my children were smaller, as I described here. This is where fish catching is to be held.
There was still some snow left on the ground.
With no children to attend to, I really had nothing to do on the site of the festival. I soon returned to Yuzawa Station, walked about the town, went to Gangi Dori again, and returned home.
My purchases:
I asked my wife to prepare the soba for supper. Just I had expected, the soba was very good. It was greenish just like good hegi soba should be. The photo below does not justify the color.
My wife also made kakiage and mame ten (soy bean tempura).
My wife and I had the sparkling sake. Sweet and good as an appetizer.
Edited to add: I tasted the Shoyu no Mi this morning. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. I have to get the real one!
追記: 今朝、しょう油の実を食べてみました。残念ながら、期待通りではなかったです。本物を買わないと!


Sissi said...

Sparkling sake? Wow! I must taste it!

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: Yes, when I learned of it, I thought I had to taste it!

Fräulein Trude said...

Yes reminds of the Totoro Nekobasu - from a very heart warming anime.

It is nice to ride those old vehicles once in a while.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Yes, it reminds me (and almost everyone) of good old days. I have ridden on this bus four or five times already. When a free bus service is offered for a festival around here, it's usually this bus.

This bus has one drawback: hard suspension!

Yangsze said...

Thanks for sharing - I loved reading about your trip!

Hiroyuki said...

Yangsze: Thank you for reading about my frugal trip!