Kanazawa 2

Beautiful to wake to the sound of the sea, the tide having come in while we slept…

And then breakfast!

We tried to book the large private onsen for dawn, but it was already booked, so managed to get an hour from 8.30 to 9.30…

After checking out we went for a walk, first to the look out above the ryokan, then along the clifftops and down to a rather psychedelic cave, open to the sea…

We headed back along the peninsula and decided on oysters for lunch

We booked lunch for 2pm and even then had to wait until 2.30pm to get in… which wasn’t as bad as the couple in front of us, who hadn’t booked & had been waiting for 90 minutes!

It was a really fun and oishi lunch – basically we ate oysters after putting them on a BBQ with very hot coals in it… After a random amount of time an oyster would open & was then ready to eat… but occasionally a particularly well sealed oyster would open by exploding! The restaurant provided paper aprons and gloves to wear, so as not to get burnt or splattered…

We’d booked to stay that night in Takaoka, and went to a local izakaya for dinner… I love visiting places in Japan where they are very surprised to see a gaijin…

And of course as I could not read the menu at all, my girlfriend & the waitress had a good laugh at my expense as Shirako was ordered…

If you dont know what it is, I suggest you order it and try it before asking google!

On the way back to the hotel that night we took a shortcut through the train station and stumbled across this great musical instrument, a set of tuned & numbered chimes… with a piece of music noted by number… I of course did my best slightly drunk Philip Glass impersonation…

From here we headed back to Kanazawa, as I was keen to revisit the great Kanazawa Art Gallery

This last work, outside the gallery is a fun sound art installation. Each of the megaphones are connected to another via underground pipes, so little kids had great fun working out which was connected to which, and then shouting & singing into them…

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