A Japanese Barbecue
So nice – I got invited by my colleagues at work to a traditional japanese barbecue in Ibaraki.
Got on the monorail train from the university station, the trip is pretty short, 20 mins or less… but the view is quite interesting:
Finally I meet the guys, they’re already getting things ready. But hey wait a minute.. isn’t this a temple?
To my surprise… YES! we’re gonna have a barbie in a quite unusual venue (for me). I soon find out that one of the guys is the owner, a monk who lives there with his family. So I take the opportunity to sneak into his wonderful house…
From the house, you can reach the adjacent temple:
But outside the BBQ has started already! The local specialty that people love to grill over here is .. guess what: OYSTERs (which probably it’s not that unusual, but I’ve never had them this way!
The night comes and so we move right into the temple (!) for dessert. Quite shocking I must say, but I enjoyed so much the atmosphere (and the other people were really kind in putting up with my attempts to speak japanese) that I soon forgot all the religious pre-concepts I had..