|Saturday, Sept. 23
Yaki-tori and roboto-yaki
Sushi, mushrooms, eggplant, grilled rice, fried
sweet potatoes -- and beer
| Our last night in Matsuyama, we sampled two restaurants
and two bars. First we ate yaki-tori, grilled chicken and vegetables
on skewers. Next was a roboto-yaki restaurant, where the raw food
is displayed on ice in front of the bar. After each dish is prepared, the
plate is handed back to you on a long wooden paddle. Your "tab" is a stack
of color-coded plastic chips (a different color for each price). The chips
are about the size of coasters, with a hole in the middle, for stacking
on an upright skewer.
After dinner, we went back to Peggy Sue for another beer, and
then to a bar called Taxi that had an impressive record collection (yes,
vinyl) and a long drink list ("gin licky," etc.).
Last stop for the night was Himehiko, the same onsen
as the night before. We were amazed that the baths were bustling at midnight.