I’m back again!!
Last week the news about the NHK Asa drama “asa ga kita” and today the news about the new movie “seiro no umi tantei mitarai no jikenbo”! Could it get any better?! The only thing that makes us worry is how tough Tamaki san’s schedule will be! Just hope he can manage to get enough rest and be in a perfect health condition all the time ♥
OK! Back to the main topic!! Another Hikyo English report!!
In this episode, Tamaki san goes to Katsuura in Chiba prefecture. almost 1 hour and 30 minutes ride from the center of Tokyo. It’s placed right in between the Kuroshio and oyashio currents and the sea water is full of different kinds of fishes swimming around the rocks.
The most famous product here is the katsuo fish!
And the harbor is known as Japan’s leading fish landing harbor!
Tamaki san is heading to the harbor to take a look
at a morning landing process!
It’s 8 in the morning.
Not too early in the fishing world but still early enough
to watch the process. The working staff are weighting
the Maguro (Tuna) they landed from the ship!
Tamaki san gets closer and greets
the Management section chef (Watanabe san)
and then asks him how many fish they have landed here today.
630 Maguro today! Watanabe san says.
The fish they are landing right now are not caught by the
boats from this area. They come all the way here
from Kouchi, Miyazaki or Mie!!
The staff use a stick and put it inside the fish’s mouth
and then drag them to where the weighting scale is,
put them on and measure the weight.
Tamaki san says that this is an interesting view
cause the fish somehow look like home pets!
Then Watanabe san asks him if he wants to try doing it!
Then he hands him a stick and
Tamaki san puts it into the fish’s mouth
while following Watanabe san’s instructions XD
Holding his camera with his left hand and
dragging the maguro behind him with the stick,
he gets close to the scale and put the fish on it!
Standing beside the scale waiting for them to measure the fish,
they tell him that he has to take the stick out of the mouth!
Somehow Tamaki san’s face becomes really cute
when he’s doing things like this XD
He releases the stick and then the staff say:
Then he puts the stick in the mouth again and drag the fish
to where they keep all of them after the scaling is done!
The harbor staff get close to help him
but he hands his camera to the shooting team staff
and holds the fish with both hands,
picks it up and puts it inside with the others.
Watanabe san asks: “Heavy, isn’t it?”
Tamaki san says and then he he adds:
“24.2 Kilos!!” Watanabe san replies! O_O
Then Tamaki san asks Watanabe san if they have
a special way to find out if the fish is delicious or not.
Watanabe san explains that they cut the tail part,
and then looking at the meat rapped around the bone,
they can find out if the quality of the meat is good or not.
Then Watanabe san tells him that they have also
landed katsuo today in the harbor.
He points to the other side with his hand and asks
Tamaki san to take a look by himself.
And also tells him that he can try eating the fish as well!
What a happy face he makes after hearing that!!
Tamaki san is of course interested!!
Heading to the other section,
he reaches the place where they keep the katsuo!
Greets the man in charge and asks him about the katsuo
and how they can tell which one is n good shape.
Then he asks the man: “Is it delicious?”
ahahahaha knowing where that question is leading to…
can’t stop laughing here XD
The man says YES! And then Tamaki san laughs and says:
“I heard we can eat the fish here… so I came!”
ahahahahaha!! The honesty in that one line kills me!!
The man laughs and says that he will do something about it!!
And Tamaki san says:
“Yes! Please do something about it!”
The honesty got him a big fresh katsuo!
Holding the fish in his hand,
Tamaki san and the man are heading to a place
where they can cut and then eat the katsuo.
The man starts cutting the fish and Tamaki san
asks him: “As expected, the moment the fish is cut is
when it’s in its most delicious condition, right?”
The man replies with yes and says that it’s fresh and tasty!
The man cuts the fish into thin slices,
and pours some Soy sauce in the plate for him!
Tamaki san picks up the chopsticks
with a happy expression on his face XD
Tamaki san likes the taste of course,
and says that it feels like he’s recognizing the
real taste of katsuo for the very first time.
Then asks if there’s a part of the fish body being known
as the most delicious part or not.
The man says that basically,
the taste is almost the same in all parts,
but the belly is probably the best!
After eating some Katsuo osashimi for the breakfast!!! XD
Tamaki san continues his journey,
wondering in the streets of the town again!
On a normal sunny day,
there are always people selling and buying the
the fresh products, produced or harvested in the area.
But the day Tamaki san is visiting Katsuura,
is a rainy day!!
Almost no one walking in the streets today! ^^
Tamaki san finds a himono (Dried Fish) shop!
And gets inside while greeting the shop keepers.
Here comes the fish…
this one is “saba” the lady says ^^
Tamaki san says with a happy tone!
There’s even more!!
The old man picks up the first layer
and here comes more fish!
This one is kinme. Caught in Katsuura.
Then Tamaki san asks the old man about
Katsuura and what he think is
the charm point of this town.
He replies: “The weather condition!”
Seems like it is perfect for making himono.
It doesn’t snow very often,
and on a sunny day like this:
They can put the fish outside and let them dry
in the bright sunshine here.
But the problem is…
the cats gather around the fish from all over the area XD
is what the shopkeepers said (^_^;
Walking in the rain again…
Tamaki san visits another shop!
They sell senbei (Rice crackers) here.
Tamaki san enters the shop and greets them.
There’s a small window connecting the shop to the
kitchen, where they make the senbei!
The lady working over there asks him to get close
and take a look.
Tamaki san stands beside the window and
watches her frying the senbei on the fire.
They sell the Peanut senbei made in Chiba she says.
Tamaki san is amazed by how she’s making them:
“It’s a very time consuming process,
flipping them over so many times.”
Then while he’s talking…
the lady picks up a senbei and asks him to try it out…
but be careful… it’s hot XD
He smells it as he always does before eating XD
Then blows on it for a few second
and starts eating!
It’s simple but very fresh and tasty!
He doesn’t mention it here but he loves senbei XD
Then Tamaki san asks the lady about
the flyer on the wall above the window…
it says “katsuura tantanmen no okaki!”
Tamaki san is wondering if they actually
make it here in the shop and the lady says yes!
He’s curious about the taste…
Pointing to the flyer,
we get to know which one he’s talking about.
Katsuura tantamen is a well-known meal here in
Katssura. The okaki they made in the shop has the
flavor of this meal. a little bit spicy.
In the other side of the shop near the entrance,
you get to try the taste of the rice cookies ^^
The lady asks Tamaki san to try out the
tantanmen okaki if he likes.
He picks up the bin,
opens the cap…
smelling it again (^_^;
says that the smell is strong…
and then tries one!
The lady asks him if it’s spicy and he says that it is…
but it’s very delicious indeed!
The lady is happy for the nice comment and says that
the tastiness is because of the
good material they use to make them!
Tamaki san says that everyone in all ages
probably enjoy eating senbei a lot!
The lady agrees and says that the kids always
say that they are fine with the normal senbei being
sold in the supermarkets…
but they always end up eating
the handmade senbei their grandparents buy
for themselves XD
Then she asks him to try another type which is
the most popular kind in the shop.
Tamaki san keeps eating them with a happy face,
I can understand the lady! I Would have wanted him
to try all the products too if I was in her shoes XD
Then he says that you keep eating and eating if you can!!
Especially during this time of the year (Autumn and Winter)
you just get in the kotatsu and keep eating and eating XD
Moriya beach (守谷海岸)
is one of the 100 selected beaches in Japan.
If you stand on this beach and look at the sea,
you will find a very small but mysterious island in front of you!
The island is called Watashima!
A precious place for the residents of this area.
OK… let’s join Tamaki san on the coast.
He’s going to the sea!!
He meets up with a fisherman (Wasama san)
standing near his boat.
Tamaki san asks him if he has already finished today’s work.
But he says that the weather is not good for fishing,
so he cancelled the work today.
Wasama san asks him to get inside the boat
and so they all get in and leave the coast.
Tamaki san stands beside the captain
and they have a chat while he drives the boat.
Tamaki san asks the captain how old he was
when he started riding the boat…
and Wasama san says that he was 19!
and it’s been 25 years since he started doing it…
I think Wasama san is starting to like Tamaki san XD
He asks him to contact him
if he ever had any interest of going into the sea.
and Tamaki san thanks him for the kind offer.
Guess what Captain…
Tamaki san IS interested!
As many of his fans may already know,
Tamaki san took a Boat Driving course last year,
and got his own Boat Driving License!
getting to know that…
Wasama san offers him to take the wheel,
and drive the boat by himself!!
Tamaki san looks a little bit worried since it has been
a long time (Last summer) since the last time he did so!
But of course he accepts the offer
and changes seats with the captain!! XD
As soon as he sits down he asks about the control
and check it with Wasama san.
Asks him which direction he should ride to
and after Wasama san tells him that they should head to West,
he starts the driving!!
But he keeps checking with the captain about the speed and stuff.
This is Tamaki san’s first time riding a boat like this,
so he looks a little bit nervous XD
He keeps checking everything with his eyes all the time.
Then he explains for us that the last time he did this,
was last year in Hawaii.
He also says that the ones he’s been training with are
more simple compared to this one…
And it’s his first time
riding a boat as big as this one…
so it is a little bit different for him!
Even when he becomes the captain and
should take care of everyone on the boat…
Tamaki Hiroshi won’t stop his teasing others
and pulling pranks!!
The water splashes are all over the poor staff!!
And Tamaki san laughs out loud while saying:
“You are soaking wet, aren’t you??”
in a real sadistic way as expected!! (^_^;
Getting close to a mountain shape rock,
Wasama san tells him that inside this rock is the place called
They stop the boat and Tamaki san gets out of the driving room
and takes a better look at the rocks.
Tamaki san says that this is his first time looking at Chiba
from this angle…
and somehow it’s different from what he has imagined.
There’s a legend being told about this place.
A girl called “osen” with a very cruel father,
whom she lost her life for his sake one day.
It is said that she fell down from this cliff and died!
Old stories passing by and getting to us…
This place has many stories buried in its heart.
Ubara riso-kyo, is another mysterious place.
A strange cave was carved here in
the midst of the Pacific War!
Another sad story…
During the war,
Shinyo suicide motorboats were developed here.
They only had one seat for one passenger,
and each was equipped with a 250 Kg bomb!
How did the soldiers pass their everyday life
here waiting for the war to end!
It’s another mystery lying on this cliff in Chiba!
Tamaki san walks toward the carve and it suddenly
appears in front of him… now covered with the greenery!
Somehow at the same time,
a man and a dog come out of the cave!!
Tamaki san freaks out for a moment…
they go another way and he stops…
right in front of the cave!
And brings out his camera and starts taking photos!!
Then he gets inside…
folds his umbrella and starts
walking in the tunnel…
The ceiling is a little bit low for Tamaki san’s height.
His guess is 160 or 170 cm.
Then as he keeps going, it becomes better…
Tamaki san tries touching the ceiling…
surprisingly… the stones start falling easily!
A very strange… maybe even scary place >__<
Thank God he reaches the end
and leaves the cave
putting all the sad stories behind him!
Here is the Ubara beach!
Tamaki san says that watching this view,
with this depth appearing in front of his eyes,
makes him wonder where he exactly is standing on the map!
Having the Japan map being input in his mind all his life,
he can’t stop thinking about how the place looks like from above!
I think I understand his feeling!
I’m always like that wherever I go!
End of part 1
Still a lot to discover in Katsuura!
We get to watch Tamaki san cook!
so please stay tuned and wait for the 2nd part!
See you soon ヾ(｡･v･｡)