“I don’t really like udon noodles… I tried them three times. Each time they sad “oh, THESE are special udon noodles, very special to this area, but they were ever good… I’ve tried them now. They are not really for me.”
Peter’s #FOMO (fear of missing out) is probably bigger than mine… But then, I went with him to check out the food stalls even though I just got back to the hostel and was exhausted from walking around the whole day, just cause I didn’t want to miss out on anything, so… We might be the same…
I hadn’t had enough of toriis after Kyoto and Mijayima so I went to see Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka too… It’s a Shinto shrine dedicated to Amaterasu and Susanoo, it is said to have been founded in 757.
Basically it was another thing to do in Fukuoka, really… I didn’t have any super specific reason to go to Fukuoka (unlike Peter, who came to Fukuoka simply because he thought the name of the place was awesome *lol*) – I just got off the Shinkansen and stayed a few days to see more of Japan. Kushida Shrine was “recommended” by Google Maps, so off I went. It was pretty much like other shrines (I’m getting a bit shrine- and templed out by now, to be honest), but it was beautiful. AND I saw a Japanese version of the Mannekin Pis. I have no idea what that was supposed to represent, but you can be damn sure I documentet that little peeing sucker.
Apparently Fukuoka is known for the nightly, riverside food stalls. I didn’t know this because sometimes I just don’t do that much research on a place anymore… The effects of long term travel, I guess. Some places I just go to hang out for a few days.
Peter told me however, and he was going so I joined. Despite the fact that we were both really tired. Peter even tried Sake for the first time. He didn’t really like it (why would he, it’s not very good), but his #FOMO will probably have him trying it again because he learned that you can have it both hot and cold… and he has only had cold 😉
We had meat on a stick. Yeah… We got the guy making the food to decide for us because we are foreigners and stupid. Sort of following the “seefood diet”, we see food and we eat it.