Today was taken up with a trek to the top of our local active volcano: Showa Shinzan. This volcano is normally considered so dangerous that it is forbidden to climb it, but as part of a local tourist drive for the Geo Park, I was fortunate enough to take part in an expedition to the peak, where our tour guides cooked cream-pan for us in the volcano’s effusive steam. It was a delicious, if admittedly risky treat.
This evening we had another giant meal at the Sasaki farm, where amongst a surfeit of Japanese treats and refreshments, about 1kg of pigs intestines were consumed. My host family continue to be surprised by my love of Japanese cuisine, although I really need to stop saying how much I love everything, as it just results in treble portions, meaning that tonight I probably consumed the intestines of a small herd of swine; again a delicious, if admittedly risky treat.