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Journey for Special Soba!

November 10, 2016

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Hello everyone!

In our last Eatyoursushi, we mentioned how we want to go out and travel more. It was really this trip here that convinced us. We went to Fukushima for a couple of days, and filmed some fun videos.

Now, as soon as you say the word, Fukushima, the first thing people think is about the Nuclear Reactor, and then questions about “aren’t you worried about the radiation” will automatically pop up, and that’s a shame. Fukushima is huge. The meltdown happened in a small part of it, way far away from the rest of Fukushima. The entire prefecture didn’t have a meltdown, and there are other parts of it that are absolutely lovely that are negatively affected by the bad press. Ouchijuku is one of those places. We loved it here, and want to share a couple of the things we did.

I gotta say, there was something really special about Ouchijuku. When we heard about it before going there, we thought it was going to be campy and touristy. But it didn’t feel that way at all. It felt…I don’t know. It felt real. It felt special. My eyes widened when I walked into the village. It felt historic and impactful. We were only there for a few hours, though, and I’m saddened that I couldn’t spend a whole day there, walking around, grabbing cold beers from the stream, tasting all the sake, taking pictures of every gorgeous thing I could find.

We came here specifically for the noodles, though. Which, again, I was skeptical about before going. We’d try it out because it was fun. I mean, eating with a leek instead of chopsticks? THAT’S AWESOME! But it was actually a lot tastier than expected. Those leeks are unlike any I’ve tasted before. I’d be totally happy eating them like apples. And they do something that’s super important for me with food: balance crunchy with soft. If it’s too much of one without the other, I get bored. I want contrast in my mouthfeel. And having these nicely cooked noodles with a great crunch from the onion is just perfect. Absolutely perfect. And not only in mouthfeel, but mouthtaste. I’m not sure if those are words but you know what I mean. The point is, the sweetness of the noodles with the spiciness of the leek is great as well, kind of like a habanero chocolate, you know? Except it’s more savoury than sweet. AND I LOVE IT!

We did take a few pictures, though, if you’d like to see them. We’ve got a story about the sake pictures as well, below:

We didn’t talk about this in the video, but the Sake you see in these pictures is legitimately delicious. I remember when we first came to Japan we really liked One Cup Sake that you can get at the convenience stores, and it’s still fun to have, but if I had a choice I’d drink the sake you see in these pictures, hands down. Back then, I didn’t understand the difference. But now, after tasting a lot of Sake, especially from Bakawarai, I can easily say this is my favourite Sake. We just had two tastings of it, and both bottles were really yummy. We bought both and took them home with us. We’re saving them for a special occasion, but I don’t know when that would be. Does sake go bad? Oh hell let me just open it now and drink it, to be safe, of course!

Also, if you’d like to know more about our trip, we went with Sharla. She’ll show you a lot more than we did (we just focus on food because we’re weird), so check out her video if you’d like to see more! We’ve got another video from our trip to Aizu Wakamatsu, in which we go to freaking SAMURAI CITY, yes Samurai Freaking City, and it’s coming this Monday. Otherwise, we have some extra scenes from today as well, linked below!

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  1. What a great video! For some reason the views of the beer and sake chilling in the stream really got me excited. Maybe it’s because I remember that scene from Tonari no Totoro where the Grandma is rinsing the veggies off in the stream and they look so fresh and delicious. Everything looked magical, this is a town I would 100% love to stay in for a while.

    1 year ago
  2. That mochi looks so GOOD!!! Oh god, I’m salivating
    If you ever get a chance, can you do a FAP FAP on those gorgeous Japanese Cheesecakes and Pancakes? The ones that look like they are made in heaven? Pretty please?

    1 year ago
  3. Hello from Australia and thank you for this amazing video (and all of the content you produce – including your regular broadcast on SBS Pop Asia). Although I have not yet visited Japan (and your previous home, Korea), I feel I am doing so vicariously <3 Also, I am fascinated by Ekiben and look forward to your perspective in the future (hopefully) :)

    1 year ago
  4. I really love seeing small villages like this – the feel and the food is usually amazing. The leek chopstick noodle thing was really interesting to watch and I kind of want to try it myself! I’ve never tasted a leek before but I imagine it to be a mild green onion flavor?

    Anywho – thanks for another magical video!

    1 year ago
  5. MLE

    Ouchijuku!! I actually haven’t been yet even though I’ve lived in Fukushima for a year and a half.

    Thanks so much again for shedding some good light on the prefecture. I know so many people who were affected by the tsunami and earthquake who have been working so hard to tell people that it’s safe. People here have such heart.

    If you’re ever interested in visiting the area affected by the disaster and perhaps volunteering or talking to people about it (also some great food up there), I would be more than happy to introduce you :)

    1 year ago
  6. Martina and Simon, I’ve been a subscriber to your channel for several years now, but only now realize how much I’d like to converse with you. I tried to find a private way to contact you but I couldn’t find one– I have a very good friend who has type 3 EDS, POTS, and other chronic diseases. She has a GoFundMe, and I was hoping you knew a way to help her. She is a full time student and incredibly kind and optimistic despite everything she has to deal with. If there is anything you can do or any advice you can give, please let me know.

    1 year ago
  7. What brand or kinds of sake would you guys recommend? Maybe could you do a sake education segment? Where I live at the only education I could get on the subject is the internet … And as we all know that can be dicy. I know you guys are true so I would have great confidence on what you have to say.

    1 year ago
  8. Thank you so much for this video today. I’ve been feeling all day like the world is ending and this gave me a little bit of sunshine to hold onto. Thank you!

    1 year ago
    • Hang in there. We’ll keep making fun videos. I think we might have a cute one with a cat on the weekend!

      1 year ago
  9. I think the extras kinda got cutoff at the end? I’d love to see more of this awesome visit judging by the pics above! I have to say that the scenes of the train leaving the tunnel were so Spirited Away <3! Everything looked lovely & I'm so excited about your new filming/traveling format because I can't get enough of seeing Japan & experiencing it through your perspective. There are *lots* of JVloggers out there but you guise get me: what makes me laugh, what touches my heart, what makes me drool & what makes me think about this World we live in in a positive way. You both look great & thank you for cheering me up after the election :*!

    1 year ago