I really hate standing in line, and I especially dislike it when I'm tired from walking around all day. In spite of that we queued on a stairway for 45 minutes to get into Ryuen Restaurant, and I have to admit, it was worth it. The pork dumplings are famous, and all the food was excellent. I'm often disappointed with the atmosphere of Chinese restaurants, but Ryuen was really nice inside, and we were lucky to get a seat by a window overlooking Kusatsu Onsen's Yubatake ('hot water field'). The service was perfect too. It was a memorable meal for all the right reasons.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.