Overloading the senses before getting down to eating

There is a moment of hesitation when the hostel staff recommend a place to eat. What sort of contra deal has been negotiated? Does the guy’s brother run the place?

Some 4 months later, I can get around to writing that I regret not taking the K’s House Ito Onsen eating place advice at face value. Especially after the first recommendation of Tokuzo-maru sashimi was so good.

Down the road from the hostel is the non-descrip Kunihachi izakaya, looking more like a residence than a restaurant.

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On opening up the plan brown door we were assaulted by a kaleidoscope of colours, and the pleasant hum of bubbling conversations from maybe 15 patrons.

An eclectic mix of artworks, golf and baseball posters adorn the walls. Decorations, lanterns, and ornaments seem to take up so much air space that you have to dodge then to breathe. Hand-painted kites hang from the ceiling.

From the front door, the short line of bench stools ends with an opening to an area to the left where it is apparent the other patrons were merrily eating, drinking and socialising. Would Alice and the Mad Hatter bounce out from around the corner?

Sake bottles with exotic labels sit on every flat surface – lined up like installation art. And the flowers! Live, dried and artificial.

Bunches of onions and garlic hang from hooks. Bottles of pickled ginger and other unknown items sit inviting the owner with ‘open me, open me’.

Even before we sat down I was expecting speaker stacks to blare out Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, or maybe that other 60’s psychedelic anthem In-a-gada-da-vida. It would have been fitting.

The bird cage and fake parrot drew in a Monty Python influence. Ah, and the Christmas Tree for all seasons.

What a place! And we had not yet sat down to eat. (eating will be another story)

The Kunihachi Restaurant is in Ito, just down the road from K’s House Hostel (see their review)

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About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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2 Responses to Overloading the senses before getting down to eating

  1. Mustang.Koji says:

    Nice sounding adventure in dining!

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  2. Madeline Jarrett says:

    Great Photo’s Dad! Wish we could go back there!

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