By Elena Lisina
During recent decades Japanese sushi has become very popular in my country and all over the world. However sushi in Japan is still the best I have ever tasted.
First - the taste of the Japanese rice that is the common ingredient of all sushi is, well, really good. Since the rice is sticky, the sushi doesn't fall apart. Second, the Japanese use very fresh raw fish and other kinds of different sea food: shrimp, squid, sea urchin, fish roe, crab and so on. Sometimes vegetables are added, too, such as avocado and green onion.
I especially liked a restaurant I found in Ito – Hamazushi Yukawa. It works as all similar sushi train stores where coloured plates with sushi move along the conveyor belt and one can pick any appealing set. The colour of each plate, usually consisting of two pieces of sushi, indicates its price. Chopsticks, called hashi in Japanese, soy sauce and green tea are placed on tables. Special orders can be made on the menu, using the monitor in front of you. The assortment of dishes is wide. Besides sushi they also offer a kind of Japanese omelette called chawanmushi, miso soup and various desserts.
I didn’t aim to overeat, but simply wanted to taste something special and different. My first choice was a sushi with crème sauce and small, fresh (raw) shrimp. Then I picked two-coloured fish with green onion. Next were large tempura shrimps and the last one, salmon with an unearthly taste of crème with nuts. All sets had a fantastic taste! For a dessert I chose three-coloured dango.
The prices are very affordable here with some sets just 90 JPY. In small seaside towns of Japan like Ito one can always find very fresh fish for very low prices as fish is caught everyday in nearby Sagami Bay.
Hamazushi Yukawa restaurant is situated near the Ito Marine shopping centre, about a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre along the sea promenade.
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I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!