While walking toward Angel rock, Ayako and I observed many locals with feet and hands in the water looking for something. I wanted Ayako to ask them what it was but she thought I had to do some effort if I wanted to know! So I asked the one guy : “kore wa nani desu ka? (What is this thing?). And he told me it was Asari, a small type of shellfish. Later that evening, we went to the local Isakaya to taste the delicious Asari no Sakamushi (Asari steamed in sake)!
Ironically, while writing on the Kankakei Gorge, I have no good photos of the gorge, which was quite impressive but the view of Shodoshima from the summit was really worth the trip by itself. There was some stormy weather coming on us while on the summit so we couldn’t safely take the cable-car back down. Instead, the transport company shuttled us down in a minivan at no additional fee, that’s Japanese service!
Shodoshima is known to be the birthplace of olive culture in Japan. The story says that attempts at growing olives were made at different locations throughout Japan but that all other places except Shodo island failed in their trial. The Olive Garden celebrates this success. Strangely, the park adopted a Greek theme (as Greek olives are very famous) although I’m not sure if there was ever any Greek immigrant on Shodo island.
If you love soy sauce like I do and you want to know how it is made, you should head to the Marukin soy sauce factory museum on Shodoshima island. The visit is very cheap and informative on the method to make soy sauce from wheat and soy-beans. On top of that a free sample bottle of Marukin soy sauce is given at the end of the visit. Soy sauce ice cream is also sold on site, oishi!
One thing I like about small shrines or temples in the countryside Japan is how accessible they are. Contrary to the cities where Temples have their statues behind fences, most precious buildings behind gates and security guards watching you, the small shrines are often more accessible. Sometimes you can even Continue reading Lovely Temple on Shodoshima island
The Setouchi Triennale is a contemporary art festival occurring every three years on the islands between Honshu and Shikoku. This summer we visited Shodoshima island where a sculpture drawn by the famous actor and director Takeshi Kitano is displayed. Kenji Yanobe arranged and built the structure. The title of the artwork is “Anger from the Bottom”. It consists of a mechanical sculpture of an seemingly evil spirit emerging of a well. The piece is animated every hour and is located close to the Sakate port which is also the boarding point of the ferry linking Shodoshima to Kobe.
Photos from Setouchi Explorer