May 20, 2013

Postcard from Hokkaido: Here’s Looking at YOU

by Will VanderWyden

This squid was swimming around, minding its own business just a couple minutes before this photo was taken. Its tentacles were still moving and all those black spots were flashing on and off while we ate it sashimi style. Then they fried the head for tempura.

September 6, 2009

Hokkaido JUNKtion: Oujousushi (Hakodate)

by Yoko Kumano

Hakodate is famous for its fresh seafood, so eating sushi was necessary. Being total newbies to the area, we chose a sushi restaurant that was listed in our JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) guide magazine. About a 10 minute walk from Hakodate JR Station, Oujousushi is located on a desolate stretch of road next to a […]

May 12, 2008

It’s Alive! (Shioyu Ryokan, Karatsu)

by Yoko Kumano

Live Yobuko squid cut up and staring at you while you eat it. Tentacles periodically lash out at you. This guy was just beautiful and the best squid I have ever had. Culinary gold – my precious awabi simmered to its death in front of my eyes. Its resemblance to a vagina is uncanny. The […]