At dinner with my parents last night, we were talking about the dinners at Sumiyoshi, the ryokan we stayed at in Takayama. I haven’t gotten around to uploading those pictures yet, but I dug this one out:


It’s not the best picture of Kate, but she does provide a sense of scale… It was a great meal– sashimi, tempura, beef cooked at the table, fish, pickles, miso soup, and probably some other things I’m forgetting.

There was also this from the next morning:


Which really just begs to be captioned “I Can Has Toaster,” but discretion is the better part of valor.

Breakfast was served in the room, and while I decided to be daring and try the Japanese-style breakfast, Kate opted for the Western option. She was absolutely delighted when the proprietor came in with a basket of bread and a toaster, so she could get the bread exactly the way she likes it…

The Japanese-style breakfast was actually quite good, though not necessarily what I would’ve thought of as breakfast– cold grilled fish, rice, miso soup, and vegetables in miso paste grilled on a magnolia leaf. The only conventionally breakfast-like thing was the eggs, and I don’t like eggs, so I could’ve done without that. The miso was great, though.