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Where’s the (Hida) Beef?

Where’s the (Hida) Beef?

So while in Takayama, we were told that the Hida beef was a “not to be missed” – and that some of the best available was at the Hotel Associa, outside of town, either at the regular kaiseki or at the Teppanyaki restaurant.  We hauled ourselves out there and sure enough, in addition to the great beef, we were also treated to the “meditation of the chef”.  One of the cultural wonders of Japan is the reverence with which so many people approach their craft, whether it’s the traditional arts or the art of service.  The care, temperance and...
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It’s Waste Your Money!

It’s Waste Your Money!

Eating out in Japan is always an adventure – not quite as adventurous as China (fewer eyeballs in the soup), but lots of unknowns none-the-less.   However, one restaurant in Takayama has solved the mystery of where to eat and has posted advice for the puzzled traveler.   Their advertisement (from the blackboard outside) is shown here and we’re sure that you’ll want to find out what they’re all about.