Show 190 Thursday 9 November

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The Road to Hokkaido Tour 2006
Day 9: Morioka
Distance: 21 kms

Last night we went out in Morioka for a few drinks. The first place we went into had this gold cat out the front. It was great – the guy behind the bar was really cool. He recommended some places to visit and stay and told us about his travels in places like Malaysia and Indonesia.
The beer was incredibly tasty. Apparently it was because of the special attachment to the keg – I don’t know what that’s called.
And the food was excellent. We had these fried tofu pockets with natto inside.

The beer at the next place wasn’t so good… in fact I wouldn’t recommend this bar at all.

Walking home we saw some random Barbie dolls sitting outside a shop.

Today was an official daradara day.
Daradara is a Japanese word which means something like laze around and do not much.

We drove around Morioka and saw some red leaves.
We went to a supermarket called Big House and I found an interesting looking kind of mushroom that I’d never seen before.
I cooked it with some other vegetables in a park overlooking a dam.

There were some sculptures in the park next to the dam.

We drove for a bit and stopped in a small park to watch the sunset. The sun set at quarter past 4.
Then we played some hacky sack.

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