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Crash Time

Put together a crash, with a win at the end, compilation video. Sadly wasn’t filming when I had my worst crash and hung basically upside down until Dave and Simon could come help get my skis off the tree they were snagged around.

 

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Shameless Plug

Check out 2nd photo 🙂

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Ah Seattle….

I’m home and got a great shot of the area I live in on the approach to the airport. Also see Space Needle and EMP, a music museum. If I’m not lazy I will put together a crash compiliation video from all the footage but otherwise done updating blog now.

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Standing to Tokyo

Cheap ticket means no reserved seat. Guess I’m standing for the ride to Tokyo, only 2:10. My standing desk training at work is paying off! I even have a bit of a view, there is a guy sitting in there and sitting on floor when not smoking.
Update: thirty minutes left. This sucks…

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Kichisen – Kaiseki meal

Kichisen was an amazing meal, perhaps best of my life. I’m still debating if it’s displaced French Laundry but it is definitely the best Asian meal I’ve had. The staff were very nice, although a bit too over the top with formalities, and spoke a decent amount of English. I was sitting in the counter room that was just four seats with a Japanese family. The son looked about 13, quite a lucky guy to be having meals like this. Great way to end the trip to Japan.

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Welcome drink – it was viscous as honey and almost as sweet

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Presentation would be a theme of the meal along with the amazing tastes

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Three pieces of fried clam and deep fried yuzu

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Sake just chillin’

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Four servings – family of Japanese next to me at the counter

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Very precise where they placed dishes

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Soy beans with tiny shrimp

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Chives on top of egg white custard and a small piece of uni

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Just to show how small the shrimp were

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Soup course

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In a very cool kettle

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Mochi ball and some pork inside

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Sashimi course – by far the best of the trip

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Shrimp – chef was funny and later picked up the leaf with his chopsticks and told me to eat it

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Squid

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Tiny eels with some rice noodles

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Flatfish – maybe flounder?

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Toro – wow…

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Clam

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More amazing presentation

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Rice wrapped in what I think was a thin fungus

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Art or food?

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Sea cucumber with an egg

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Veggies, potato (red thing), and roe with chicken egg (yellow rectangle)

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Crab, mixed with a dipping sauce that was very gingery. This almost made me cry it was so good.

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Turnip and fish with many other things including wasabi at the top. Mix up then eat

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Grilled course

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Kingfish on top of pineapple on top of a hot stone, the sizzling sound added to the dish.

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Rice course

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Rice soup with uni and seaweed

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Presentation continues with dessert

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Orange jelly that I tasted first then was told to add Cointreau and squeeze some juice out of the lid that still had meat in it.

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Mochi ball covered in peanut powder around a sweet bean paste along with a jelly cube

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Chef Yoshimi Tanigawa

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Kyoto Sightseeing

Snow let up in the afternoon. Once I left Kiyomizu took a long bus ride out to Arayshiyama to see the bamboo forrest, it was quite beautiful and my pictures don’t do it justice.

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Kiyomizu temple

Exquisitely beautiful in the snow. Funny to see other tourists not dealing with snow well.

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Last man standing

With Alex, Doug, and Mark heading to airport, I’m the last guy on the trip. On a slightly slower than normal bullet train due to some snow. Hopefully continues to Kyoto as seeing the city under a blanket of white would be very cool.

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Tokyo Day 2

Today was more low-key for us and didn’t really get going until noon when we went to Roppongi Hills to have a look around the expensive shops then on to Shibuya and their famous pedestrian crossing and some ramen from a shop under the train tracks. From there walked to the Meiji Jengu shrine. Finished the day at Ginza Tenkuni for tempura.

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Aussie last day in Niseko

Final day was bluebird with a foot of powder on top the peak. We hit some epic lines on a day we didn’t expect anything and revisited a couple of old favorites before a perfect corn and powder run back through no mans’ land to the lodge. Then dinner at A-Bu-Cha for one of the biggest best and most expensive of the trip.

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