I’m in Japan! Things have fallen silent on my blog recently as I settle into my new surroundings, but from now on I hope to keep you guys up to date on everything that’s been going on over here.
I am staying in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture for the next month. This place is all about sweet potatoes. There are so many sweet potato vendors and growers all over the city. Each time you walk by one you can smell them roasting, and the air is filled with this incredibly rich, smoky aroma.
These guys right here. These…
These are what’s guilty for my endlessly growling stomach ever since I arrived in Tokaimura. There are so many different varieties growing here, but the ones you see in this photo are my favorite so far. They call them Beni Haruka. They’re purple on the outside, and inside they are a rich yellow, with an almost vanilla-like flavour. They are unreal.
If you like sweet potatoes, or basically any fresh vegetables and fruits, this place is paradise! It’s almost the middle of December, and still there are persimmons, passion fruit, lemons, oranges, kiwis, guavas, and all sorts of veggies growing all over the place.
It has been such a luxury to have an endless supply of fresh, organic produce. I’ve never experienced anything like it. Many of the people who live here have their own gardens or fields, and are so generous with whatever they grow. In the short time that I have been here, I have been lucky enough to receive boxes and boxes of locally grown goodies, including various types of radishes, cabbages, squashes, and carrots that were very kindly brought over by the neighbors.
For example, check out this massive daikon radish that was just given to the family I’m staying with. It weighs something around three or four kilograms. Yup, just another run of the mill day in Tokaimura. I want to live here for ever and ever.