In January 2013, the IWFS Roppongi branch was inaugurated. This made the fourth branch for Tokyo. The sponsor for the Roppongi branch is Tony Narisawa, a member at the IWFS Kuala Lumpur Branch, and he thought it would be a good idea to put a group of us KL members together for a jolly to Japan and join with the new IWFS Roppongi branch at a dinner to mark their official launch in February 2014. Which he did. And so it came to pass that nineteen of us signed up for the trip. Tony had enlisted the assistance of the Japan Tourist Bureau office here in KL to put together a tour that would take in both a tour of the area and a sampling of some top end eateries showcasing a range of Japanese Cuisines and styles. Absolute no brainer - how to pass up sitting in a Hot Spring with the snow on your face in the shadow of Mount Fuji with a cup of Hot Sake? We signed up before signing up was allowed.
And so it came to pass that nineteen of us signed up for the trip. We all had a brief pre-tour briefing by the tour leader Nakamura-san who got some idea of what we wanted to get from the trip. Most of it revolved around food and shopping; where to buy the Wagyu Beef for bringing back to KL, would we be going to Asakusa, and so on. We were all pretty seasoned travellers so the questions were pretty few.
Time ticked away and so we found ourselves packed and ready for the off from home. Got our usual taxi to the KLIA though our usual driver sent a substitute due to it being the Goddess of Mercy's Birthday and he had a dinner with the family. They all like to take the MEX Highway, presumably because the tolls are less. Haven't done the usual road to KLIA for a while so not sure here. Met our tour guide K Nakamura at airport who was supposed to help check us in, but there wasn't much he could do to help so we checked in on our own. The flight would be from the C section in KLIA, which would be a first time for us. Not much in the way of shops and diversions in this part of KLIA. Walked up and down the thinly populated shopping area and ended up sharing a coffee with Lenglui at the Harrods. In retrospect, not a good idea and was probably the reason I didn't sleep on the flight. Dozed a bit but very restless, and ended up watching half of a Thor movie before it got switched off before landing. The food on this MAS flight was awful - a cold and manky egg sandwich for supper and a rubbery egg omelette and tasteless chicken sausage for breakfast. Ugh. If this is any indication, no wonder they are losing money.
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Japanese tiger prawn (Kuruma-ebi), squid, two seafood dishes, two vegetable dishes, Anago (sea eel), deep-fried small shrimps (kakiage), appetizer, and a set of rice, miso-soup and Japanese pickles (osoroi)
Japanese tiger prawn (Kuruma-ebi), squid, seasonal fish and vegetables, shrimp with shitake mushroom filling, deep-fried small shrimps (kakiage)
Two shrimps, assorted seafood, vegetables, Anago (sea eel), deep-fried small shrimps (kakiage), appetizer; and a set of rice, miso-soup and Japanese pickles (osoroi).
*Kyuzo is the founder of Tsunahachi
Salad, Japanese Lobster (O-ebi), seafood, vegetables, Anago (sea eel), deep-fried small shrimps (kakiage), miso-soup and Japanese pickles.