Kanazawa - Day 2

Woke up and checked the clock. It was 3. I had gotten a text from Fumiko in the front office at work. Indirectly she confirmed I was an idiot. I was going to be out of town until the 4th, but I hadn't put in my paperwork for taking a vacation day.

Crap.

I went back to sleep.

Woke up again at 7:45. I guess I was feeling spoiled. I was sleeping in a heated room. And the curtains in the room could surely block the flash from an atomic blast.

Something was wrong with my ear, though. It was stopped up, but it didn't hurt.

I got everything together and left out. I had planned to take a day trip to Kaga, a town 40 minutes away by train. I tried to remember the route we'd taken from the station in the taxi. I thought maybe I could walk it. On the way I saw a sign for the samurai residence district and thought I could cut through there. After about 20 minutes I gave up on that shit. Got a taxi that was about a dollar cheaper than the one the day before.

Caught the blocky train again, but felt a little sketchy. I think that my ear being stopped up might have been affecting the fluid or something.

Got to Kaga and noticed a giant golden Kanon-sama a few blocks from the station.

Walked around the K-martesque store near the station and then went back to buy a ticket for the sightseeing bus. I went to Nata temple.

There people were still doing New Year's celebrations. People were praying, making offerings and getting omikuji. I did that too.

I also got another omikuji. This time I got one of the all inclusive ones. Not so exciting. It was the same level of lucky as the one I got last time (only a little ). I mean, I guess I shouldn't complain because you can draw bad lots on those omikuji.

More mountain imagery. The person I'm waiting for is going to come late. When traveling I should be careful of thieves. The situation in my love like should become clear.

After this I walked around the area. I saw some stone steps that seemed to lead to nowhere. I followed those. It ended up being a long path lined with different bodhisattva (or bosatsu in Japanese). I think there were 33 all together.

Natadera was an interesting place. I especially liked that there was an altar made inside a cave.

Got back just in time for the next bus. I was kind of hungry and thought about getting off in a few stops at the restaurant/ "vinyard." The next stop, "The World Glass Museum" looked silly. And pulling into the parking lot, I wasn't disappointed. A large German-style building in the middle of nowhere that makes everything in Helen, Ga pale in comparison. I was going to wait until I saw a sign for a resturant with local beer.

I'm weak. I got out. I walked around the building and enjoyed the various glasses, glass animals and the out-of-place southwest American Indian merch.

Went for beer and some (Japanese) pizza.

I had run out of pics on the disposable camera at Natadera, so I couldn't take any pictures of the Japanese Alps while I was waiting for the next bus. Caught the train back to Kanazawa and tried to walk back to the hotel. I got to the correct street, but I wasn't sure at the time. I didn't realize how long it was. Gave up after 15 min of walking and not seeing any familiar signs or stores. Got a cab. The inside was kind of strange. Obviously the man was trying to make it look nice, but I don't think taping cemetery roses with wax water droplets to the side of your front passenger seat is the way to go.

Put my stuff in my room and set out for a nice sushi place. Since Kanazawa is close to the Sea of Japan, it's pretty well known for its seafood. I found a place near the hotel. The lady walked me to a seat at the bar in the back. It was cool. They had rolley seats. Also, there was a long glass box inlaid in the floor. It was the length of the bar. This was a long fish tank with large goldfish inside.

The woman put the menu in front of me and looked really worried. She asked if I could read the menu. I said yes. She asked if I could speak Japanese. I would have said no if I didn't think that I would get the cat face.

I asked the main guy behind the counter for his recommendation on some local food. He pointed at something, and I was like, "Sure, let's go with that." I guess I should have read what he pointed at. If you ever find yourself on this side of the great divide please keep in mind that folks here like meat and chicken with lots of fat on it, they also love gristle (you can order a plate of just gristle or chicken skin at a yakitori place), and generally, the more expensive a piece of meat is the less cooked it appears (especially horse meat). Anywho, I got a steamed dish with broth, different veggies, mochi and 2 small pieces of beef with little half-moons of fat and red centers. Since they were relatively small, I could take it. After that I had sushi. The unagi was so good. It was warm and melted in my mouth.

After dinner, went back to my room. Took another classy bath, read, watched some TV and went to bed about 9:30.