Lunch at Kouki

During our first Chiba Prefecture tour, we had our lunch at this restaurant in Asahi City having the name “幸㐂” and I honestly did not know how to pronounce the second kanji the first time I saw it. Like, it’s not in the jouyou set of kanji (reasons) LOL. Thanks to the concerned people for telling us.

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I don’t know how many storeys there are in this building, but by just a simple look at it, I think it is a 3-storey structure with an attic (architectural senses are tingling! lol). Simple yet so authentic, we were guided by a personnel from the tourism department of Asahi.

There seems to be no enough depth just by looking at the front view of this structure, but upon entering, it was surprisingly spacious. The interior was really Japanese – really fantastic for tourists. There’s this scent that’s just so prevalent when entering ryokans or Japanese inns, and that scent was also noticeable here.

We were guided in this room specially reserved for us. There was a simple stage with a karaoke/videoke set for anyone to use (but none of us actually sang during that time).

After some introductions, we were served our lunch. Lunch set, where one has to wait for 6-7 years for this lunch to be served.

DSC_0404This is called Iioka-san Isogaki, which means, oysters produced at this place called Iioka. Oysters, as they said, are basically delicious when eaten during winter season, but this one is specially harvested during summer. There is no foul odor coming from the oyster and the flesh was really sumptuous and delicious! I seriously don’t eat much sea food, but this one tasted a bit like chicken meat! The 6-7 year of waiting went down to my stomach in an instant. LOL

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This is called “shirasu” or the ‘youngs’ of sardines or whitebaits. In the Philippines, these creatures may be referred to as “dilis.” Yup, delicious.

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This was our meal set that time. Fresh sashimi-ed tuna, octopus and others, plus pickled vegetables, miso soup, rice, and the star of the night, I mean, noon – the Isogaki!

Eating Japanese food at such an authentic place made the experience very worthwhile. The best part was the hospitality of the Japanese staff in the restaurant, combined with the very jolly atmosphere created by the ambassadors happily eating. It was indeed a wonderful experience.

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Gochisousama deshita!

It was really a feast! I definitely recommend this restaurant to tourists who will be entering Japan via Narita airport.

BTW, usually in Japan, they usually decorate their shop’s entrances with tanuki, or Japanese racoon dog figures for good luck. This, below, is the preserved body of a tanuki and is found at the entrance of the restaurant.

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Get to know more about Asahi and it’s tourist attractions by visiting their website!

http://www.city.asahi.lg.jp/kanko/

 

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