Ground control. This is major Yoshi back on duty (floating around my tin can).
You like oysters? I do even though I used not to when I was younger (I’ve grown enough). This time I am going to share our short trip to Hinase City for its annual oyster festival held on February 28, 2016.
About Hinase City
Hinase has the second largest produce of firmed oysters in Japan (FYI, No. 1 is Hiroshima). Hinase gets quite busy this time of the year and this day would be the busiest.
Way to Hinase
It’s about 60-minute drive from Okayama City to Hinase City.
Passing Saidaiji City which is known for Naked Festival (I’d never join).
Alright. Almost there. See the oyster farms down there?
Normally parking is available nearby the market but not during the event. There are some schools opened as temporary parking (for free). A bit hassle but bearable.
Let’s walk down to the central.
Massive numbers of shells for farming oysters.
Hinase Oyster Festival 2016
Here we are. Hinase Oyster Festival!
We were planning of having all-you-can-eat BBQ oyster somewhere but kinda changed our plan to trying different foods instead. We just couldn’t help grabbing something here!
Oyster congee (200 yen)
Kaki meshi (400 yen), and deep-fried oyster (500 yen)
As I introduced a recipe of kaki meshi in the previous post, you can make it at home as well. Please try!
Had Warabimochi for dessert.
You know what, we’ve made also Warabimochi at home. You can try it if interested. This one above was very different though…
Had a Kebab also. I know it isn’t related to oysters or Hinase at all. Again, couldn’t resist! (>_<)
People are BBQ-ing. Seats seemed limited.
After lunch we looked around the market.
Oysters for sale.
Sea cucumbers? Hmmm not my thing.
Got some oysters for ourselves! (two for 1,500 yen). I bet we will be sick of oysters for a while.
Alright, we are done.
On our way to the parking, we saw little street stores by local moms, etc. Thought they would serve the same stuff but…
What the hell? Kakioko (oyster Okonomiyaki) is for 200 yen? (it was 1,000 yen in the central). Also Kaki meshi is 200 yen??? (>o<) Way smaller though, this totally shocked me. We were full but couldn’t help buying extra. Perhaps save for dinner…. I’ll remember this next time.
Well, it was all about food. Hehe. Hope you enjoyed it. Spring is just around the corner and there will be more events coming up. The Wadas will be more active soon. Stay tuned!
See you around!
You may want to check these out as well!
Bike Trail at Kibi Plain
Strawberry Picking in Okayama
Ajisai Festival at Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama City
Hokubo, Maniwa City: Breathtaking View of Japanese Fireflies
Okayama Kyobashi Morning Market