BUT MOSTLY EATING IN JAPAN

!!!!! IT'S HERE. IT'S TIME. IT'S IN ALL CAPS.

Folks, I hope you're not hungry (jk I hope you ARE hungry) because this post is about to get real. Japanese food is amazing. Like, duh. But truly: I didn't have a single meal in Japan that I didn't like. Everything was spectacular, inexpensive, and a foodie's (ew) heaven.

Grab your chopsticks and let's dive in!


P.S. If you thought my other posts were photo-heavy... I have bad news for you.

WHERE I STAYED IN JAPAN

I have to say, the hostels I stayed at when I was in Japan were some of the best I've ever experienced! When I was in Europe and the budget was tighter, I stayed in some pretty gnarly hostels. Japan was the complete opposite. 😉


24 HOURS IN HIROSHIMA

Ahhh Hiroshima. My last city on my modified eat-pray-love journey of Japan. At this point in my trip, my heart was just overflowing with happiness. I truly felt more like myself in these short 10 days than I have most of 2019, and it was glorious.

ANYWAY.

Hiroshima. I've always been fascinated by WWII history, but tend to focus mostly on the European side of things. Aside from Pearl Harbor, I tend to forget that Japan was involved in the war... until, of course, we dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima.

I mentioned in my previous post a little about why I decided on Hiroshima, but here's the SparkNotes: I think it's incredibly important to go out of our way (if we can) to visit places where we can learn from our history and not repeat the same acts in the future. It's why I visited Auschwitz in Poland and places like Dachau in Germany. Especially here, I felt compelled to go to Hiroshima to pay my respects to the citizens of the city as an American and apologize, essentially, for what my country had done to a city that is still feeling the effects to this day.

But when I got to Japan I started doubting all of that. I became so nervous as to how they might treat someone from America (and honestly, who could blame them?) that I debated for a very long time if I should just say I'm Canadian and move on. (Perks of not having a southern accent.) Right before I got on my train though I was reminded by a friend that that would defeat the entire purpose of why I was going to Hiroshima. So off I went, as a (somewhat) proud American.


THREE DAYS IN KYOTO

If you made it through yesterday's novel, I just want to take this moment to say I'm so proud of you! And no, today's post is not any shorter. 🤗

Kyoto was probably the city I was looking forward to the most when I planned my trip! A smaller city nestled in the low mountains along a river... sounds a lot like Salzburg, where I studied abroad. Add historic temples and shrines and I'm 100% in.


THREE DAYS IN TOKYO

Ahhhh I'm back from my Eat, Pray, Love journey to Japan! It was seriously the most amazing trip. I was really nervous before I left, but I immediately fell in love with Tokyo and the rest of the country. I made so many great friends, ate some wonderful food, saw some amazing sights, and took over 1900 pictures. Nope, not kidding with that last one. It's been a struggle to narrow down everything I wanted to share... but I finally decided on 7 posts (lol) so we are officially deeming this Japan Week on But Mostly Eating! 🤗

I want to go in order of my trip and talk about my time in Tokyo, then Kyoto, and finally Hiroshima. Then posts on where I stayed, how I got around town, all of the food I tried (this is a food blog, after all!) and finishing up the week with my expectations vs. reality.

Let's get started! 🙌🏻


me: let's make this short and sweet!
also me: here's a novel