Japan -local Izakaya – Nobeoka


On a happier note, here’s a photo from a local mum and dad style izakaya. Some of the specials are on top of the counter and the sashimi is kept underneath. Behind at the top you can see the menu items written on narrow wooden boards hung on nails. In a sushi bar, they’ll turn them around as the respective fish runs out. Underneath the menu items are the “bottle keeps” usually more associated with bars and “snacks”. The owner’s name is written on the base and when they come back their bottle is taken out for them with a nominal charge for ice etc. The bottle keep is a good way of keeping regulars and here, instead of the usual whiskey, they have shou-chu. Shou-chu is a kind of spirit and more popular in Kyushu than sake, it’s made from sweet potatoes. A little on the booze side but a taste is acquired after a couple. A good mix of food but the standout was fishcakes with squid legs in it. Superb.



  1. Reid’s avatar

    Hi Anthony,

    That fishcake with squid sounds great. I’m not a drinker, but have heard stories about shou-chu.

    BTW…are you headed back to Perth in a few days?

  2. Anthony’s avatar

    It’s bad but I had some some good stuff the other day. Back Monday I’m afraid so bisy busy. New camera! Nikon F70

  3. Reid’s avatar

    Hi Anthony,

    Nikon F70? or is a D70? How much did you end up paying for it? I think it’s about US$999 right now.

  4. Anthony’s avatar

    D70. Analogue is getting the heave ho. 78,000 yen for just the body but traded my old cameras in so it didn’t work out to be much at all.

  5. Reid’s avatar

    Hi Anthony,

    At 78,000 yen, it’s a good deal. I think I need to get one of those on my next trip. I’ll be headed to Australia in November, if I’m lucky, and then on to Singapore (again) in January.

  6. Anthony’s avatar

    Hi Reid

    It’s great camera. tokyogoat talked me into and he’s been doing some great work with it.

    Australia, hey?

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