Tour to discover the charm part1
I am Shunya Saiki of Yamanashi Gakuin University.
Our trip started in the first floor of Kofu City Hall where we gathered together at convenience store named Lawson. We’ve introduced ourselves to the group and proceeded to head to Houtou Kaikan with the bus provided by Kofu. Participants also received a gift bag where we received water that was bottled from Kofu and miscellaneous flyers that held information about the events that were going to occur in Kofu.
Houtou Kaikan was the place to experience the making and the taste of houtou. This food is made with glutinous dough, where it is flattened into a square, rolled until thin and folded inwards to create noodles to be used for later. It is then cooked in a broth for five minutes and eaten. Houtou was very famous during when Takeda Shingen was in rule as it is both easy to make and is filling despite the amount of glutinous dough that was used during the making of Houtou. It also conveyed a message to his fellow soldiers to “keep up the good work!”
The other folks and I attempting to make houtou…
The noodles that we’ve made is being cooked along with miso and assorted pumpkins. It was very delicious!
When we were about to leave, Mr. Maruyama of Houtou Kaikan came to greet and thank us for experiencing our food.
We then went to Shosenkyo Gorge, where is one of Japan’s most beautiful parks. There are hiking roads that span about four-kilometer-long that follows the Arakawa River. The most spectacular parts were the river itself and the Sengataki Waterfall. Above the waterfall, there are assorted restaurants, souvenirs and an observation point. Shosenkyo is mostly visited during the autumn season as one can see many palettes of color from the trees.
Picture taken at the tourist spot!
|Further down we go to see the…|
…the beautiful Sengataki waterfall!
You can see the Arakawa River flowing downwards along the gorge. It was quite an amazing scene!