Ehime & Kochi, the heaven for food and nature lovers!
If you’re a seafood lover, you must try out Ehime well-known Taimeshi (sea bream rice)! This traditional local specialty has different ways of servings. Taimeshi in Matsuyama and Imabari area (eastern part) consists of rice cooked with a whole sea bream, while Taimeshi in Uwajima area (southern part) is a dish of fresh sea bream sashimi dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and egg on a bowl of white rice. I tried the Uwajima area Taimeshi and the sea bream was so fresh and sweet. it was simple yet delicious!
Also, I’m glad that I’m able to witness one of Japan’s three largest karst landforms, Shikoku Karst! You can view scenery that varies from different seasons, such as grassland in spring, alpine plants in summer, snowy landscapes in winter and silver grass and autumn leaves in fall. It gives you the best panoramic view and also a perfect spot for you to enjoy starry sky at night too!
My next stop will be the Kochi prefecture. Yasui Gorge is the major spot to view autumn foliage in Kochi. It was surrounded by Mother Nature including cliffs, forest and the river waters are crystal clear where you can see all objects beneath under the water. The river colour, also called “Niyodo Blue”, changes in different season and at different time. The colour is so unique and beautiful that I can just stare at it for several hours doing nothing!
After a long day walk, it’s time to pamper myself with Sawachi-ryori, a large dish filled with generous portion of local delicacies such as sashimi, Katsuo Tataki, sushi, fried food, stewed food, and pickles. It is now still an ultimate choice for any drinking party in Kochi since the old days. It was hard to finish the whole dish myself but I had some help from my friends.
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