Goodbye 八丈島 and 八丈小島。
Today's ride was 17.4km according to Maps. It wasn't a very long ride, but I got plenty of exercise today on those hills.
This island seems small, but the innkeeper mention that it's larger than Manhattan.
A little skeptical, I checked Wikipedia and... it's true! Hachijo-jima is 62.52 km^2, while Manhattan only has 59.1 km^2 of land.
Concluding the izakaya experience with 梅酒 (ume shu) = plum wine.
More than a wine, it's a fruit juice 😝
The sign on the counter reads:
Please wear a mask when you leave your seat.
The nice lady at the bar talked me into trying 岩海苔ずし (iwanori zushi), rock seaweed sushi.
I quickly looked it up, and this description convinced me to go ahead and order:
"Iwanori is much more aromatic than nori. I would almost say that it's the veal of nori. It's greener and falls apart in your mouth quicker." 😋
Ashitaba is a famous local product (名物) of Hachijō-jima.
They said it has a pungent smell and taste, but it tastes just like any regular green-leaf plant to me. It's packed with antioxidants.
I started off with a beer and 明日葉天ぷら (ashitaba tempura). The otōshi on the right is also Ashitaba.
But this is what I got as a reward for pushing the mamachari all the way up here 😓
I biked uphill all the way to Mt. Hachigata Freesia Field, a landmark which was supposed to look like this:
Many houses are just permanently closed. The population of Hachijō-jima is declining, following the same trend of all small towns in Japan.
Finally it stopped raining, so I rent a bike and went to see around...
The road is quite hilly, especially for a clunky mamachari.
I still read very slowly... Took me 15 minutes to read all the titles, skipping the ingredients. And since I'm quite hungry, I took the shortcut...
I stopped by a pizzeria on the way to my guest house. They only do take away, and they'll deliver to my guest house.
The menu is 90% Italian words. To decode it, you only need to know katakana and some phonetic rules (and Italian, of course):
ゴルゴンゾーラロッソ -> gorugonsōrarosso -> gorgonzola rosso
I went on a hike to the viewpoint for Hachijo-kojima, but it's barely visible in this weather, and it immediately started raining so I got a free shower on the way back ⛈️😩
So the island which looks like a miniature version of 八丈島 is, unsurprisingly, 八丈小島 (small Hachijo island).
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