Dear Readers,

Welcome yet again to another edition of our long running weekly newsletter, and as always, thank you to all the regular clicker-onners that make the effort we put into making our newsletter all the more worthwhile when you do actually click on and read what we’ve put together for you – you all know who you are. This week I’d like to introduce you all to a traditional Japanese style restaurant that I and my wife Akiko came across quite by chance the other day when we were out and about jumping on and off trains checking out some of the history connected to one or two of the stations along the Shonan monorail line. Incidentally, the Shonan monorail opened in the 1970 and it was the first monorail of its kind in Japan. During a recent bit of research I did before our train hopping excursion I came across a very interesting video on Youtube which shows the building of the Shonan monorail, which I have attached in case you have an interest. YouTube


When we arrived back in Ofuna it was approaching 2pm and as we hadn’t had lunch we thought we would try and find a small restaurant around the station. In situations like this I normally find the nearest police box and ask a policemen if he/she can recommend a good traditional Japanese style restaurant that has cooked as well as raw fish on the menu, usually somewhere not too far from the station. We found a police box fairly easily, slid open the door and went inside. After being hit with one or two typical questions like : ” What kind of food do you want to eat and can you eat all kinds of Japanese food?” we were taken outside of the police box and with an outstretched and raised arm with 4 fingers and tucked in thumb we were told to walk straight for about 30 seconds. We thanked and bade the local bobby a farewell and off we went.

We found the restaurant easily enough and we knew from the outside that we just had to go in because all the signs were there that we would be in for a good feed and at a good price, and I’m pleased to say that that’s exactly how it turned out. I ordered grilled Okhotsk atka mackerel(hokke in Japanese), miso soup (a soup made from fermented soya beans with things like mushrooms and seaweed added to improve the flavor and make it more nutritious), some hot perfectly cooked Japanese white rice and a small plate of pickles, which in the case of this restaurant, was a few pickles and a some seaweed pickled on rice vinegar. The mackerel was grilled/cooked to perfection and presented properly to the table; and by that I mean that the fish was piping hot, the bone was crispy and could be eaten and the fish was juicy, flaky but firm, and most importantly it had an aroma of freshness that make me feel that what I was about to put into my mouth had just been caught. My wife ordered saba (mackerel) and like mine hers was cooked to perfection and everything was piping hot, it really was a pleasure to sit down and feel so satisfied about eating food that had clearly been prepared by a person that understands how important it is to cook food simply, properly and in a way that people really want to eat it: unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find such an establishment.

My wife and I had some good conversation whilst eating our “meal to remember” and when we’d finished we went over to pay our bill. The total was just over 2,200 yen for both of us, which I thought was very reasonable for the quality and the volume; in fact, it almost seemed too reasonable. As I always do when I have had a good meal, I first praise the person that prepared it and then the establishment in which I’ve eaten it in and then I say with great satisfaction that I will definitely return when next in the area. If you ever find yourself in Ofuna, please check it out because I guarantee you will have a fantastic eating experience. My wife and I went at just after 2pm, but I suggest you go between 12:00 and 2pm because you’ll be guaranteed to be able to order anything you want on the menu. I noticed with one or two people that came in after we’d started our meal that they couldn’t order what they were hoping to because what they wanted had been sold for the day. I really was so satisfied with my eating experience at Kannon that I have decided to write a short poem about the restaurant and the meal I had, which at a later date I will drop below this article. Until next week, eat well to keep well and if you keep a smile on your face and some warmth in your heart you’ll live a long and happy life: at least that’s the way I see it.