Oyster+winter=Minamioguni?

For some reason, in the middle of the mountains, a small town decided that February, the coldest month of the year, was the perfect time to arrange a BBQ oyster event… And yes, that town was Minamioguni! About 300 kilos of oysters later, that even is finally over! It was a lot of fun, it was really tasty, it was at times cold enough that I actually considered hibernation, but overall, I must say the event was a great success! And that is definitely thanks to all the awesome people that defied the cold to gulp down some slimy sea creatures and at the same time managed to warm up this frozen Suedes heart with a whole lot of Minamioguni love and friendliness. Thank you! ❤

This time I will go low on the text and mostly share some pictures! But you can look forward to another post hopefully tomorrow already! I will share one of my favorite spots in Minamioguni.

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Preparations are almost complete, three dirty and stinky tents borrowed from the neighboring school.

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The coal is burning (by the way, this has been my number one heat source for 3 days now), only one thing missing!

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Oysteeeeeer!!!!! I tried one raw as well, it tasted amazing and no sudden need to empty the bowels whatsoever.
By the way, I have noticed something during these 3 days. The Japanese people are fine with eating raw chicken, raw liver, poisonous blowfish and all the other dangerous stuff they happily consume but for some reason, almost everyone is extremely afraid of raw oyster? Apparently, it must be worse than potential death…

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Anyway, slam them oysters on the grill! Oh, and as I have learned during these days you should grill them with the convex side facing down, in other words, opposite from how they are facing in this pic. Why? Once they are done they will pop open (and squirt oyster juice in your face, yes, every time) so if you place them up-side-down the tasty juice will stay safe in the bowl-shaped part of the oyster.

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A lovely lady rocking that grill!

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Well, as expected we didn’t necessarily get rushed by a hoard of oyster-craving people. But we did, mostly, have a constant stream of customers!

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Even as it started to get darker. The lamps gave some sweet atmosphere though!

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And after a while, one of the masterminds behind this event, Arai-san brought out some wild boar meat. Locally hunted and prepared by Arai-san himself.

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To be honest… Maybe I shouldn’t say this… But… This tasted even better than the oysters! I can’t stress it enough, wild boar is very underrated.

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Some nice and cozy vibes from the oyster tent!

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A friend of mine Kota-san decided to mix it up and bought some veggies as well. Looks pretty damn tasty, wouldn’t you say?

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And judging from Kouta-san’s suspicious smile and craving eyes it seems he agrees! A left hand has never been more ready to eat.

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Oh, and the lady to the right, Hamasaka-san, is my new neighbor! I met her for the first time on the first night of the event. And then the second day of the event… And the third day! Yes, 3 out of 3 possible days! But to be fair, she only had oyster the first 2 days. Anyways, she is super nice so I look forward to getting to know here better!

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And finally, a sweet close-up of some tasty-looking oysters cooking on the grill. The event was a success, I met lots of friends, and got to know new people, and learned a lot about oysters, and wild boar!

Tomorrow (hopefully) I will share one of my favorite spots in Minamioguni, and the holy trinity of food that right now rules my world and my mind, haunts my dreams, disturbs my concentration at work, slowly but steadily eats its way through my wallet… No, it’s actually cheap as well which makes it even better! Anyway, more on that tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Sincerely,

Max

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