Wonderful sites, food and people!
ITO- City and IZU Peninsula put together makes: ITo IZu a wonderful place!
伊東市＋伊豆半島＝イト イズ ア ワンダフル プレイス！
One of the few rice fields in this area! I love the view!
Welcome to Shimota
Shimota has a lot to offer!!! Beautiful Beaches, Beautiful Boat Ports and Historical Sites!!!
This place is called "Perry Road."
Here's some historical information I pulled off the internet...
This road is located between the monument of Perry's landing and Ryosenji temple. In 1853, Commodore Mathew C. Perry arrived at Japan to request the openning of Japanese port to the United States ship. In 1854, a treaty of Japan and the United States was concluded to American ships. The signning ceremony for the "Japan -U.S. Peace Treaty" was held at
I know this picture doesn't look very tasty, but that's because it still wasn't cooked yet!
What you are looking at is Ayu Fish on top and Deer Meat on the bottom. Both were a first for me. One of the the locals gave it to the people running the guesthouse I stayed at. Both were cooked with only using salt and they both were AMAZING!!!
*My wife Ayu was named by her grandfather after this fish. It's a very clever energetic fish that only swims in clean rivers! Since it's very difficult to catch it is expensive to get your hands on. It was a once in a life time chance so I had two of them!
The Local Legendary Surfers!
These are some really cool guys!
I was so blessed to spend time with them!
Let me introduce you to them using their nicknames.
"Kero-Chan", "K!Chan", "Toto" & "The Surf Legend"
(from left to right)
"Kero-Chan" is the very kind man that showed me all around the town to the beautiful sites! We had some really good conversations!
"K!Chan" and his wife run the beautiful guesthouse (Kanoka Yado) I stayed at. A very welcoming family with a cute daughter (Koko-Chan) the same age as Masaki!
"Toto" and his wife run another guesthouse down the road. Right when you walk in the door they have surf boards set up, he's a real relaxed funny guy!
"The Surf Legend" that's what they call him but I didn't spend much time with him so I don't know too much about him. Maybe we can catch some waves next time!
If you ever visit the area, you have gotta meet these guys!