Japan: Lunching deep in Nagasaki’s countryside
This summer has been hot hot HOT in Japan!
But go out of town and you will find that it is cooler and so much easier to breathe.
I am fortunate enough to have family who live in the heart of Unzen, a volcanic hot spring area of South island of Japan. It feels like you are in the countryside, with rice paddy fields, narrow lanes, little trucks, sweet old ladies pottering in the garden… it feels so lovely to be out of the buzz and hustle of the big towns.
We went for lunch up a mountain, at a little lodge house that serves cold noodles and does these amazing fresh tempura using locally grown vegetables and deep fried crispy chicken. It felt very old school Japanese, and the serene ambience was like something out of a novel.
Let me show you…
Sitting there surrounded by family, amongst the shade of the deep forest, enjoying simple Japanese summer food… *does the delicious gesture that the Italians do* – just sheer perfection.
This is what summer is all about.