Mushroom Picking and Strange Fishing

Near where we go and make amazing pottery pots, there is a mushroom “farm”(?), where you can go mushroom picking.
Aki first described this as mushroom hunting, so I had images of us trekking through forests finding mushrooms like truffles, but she actually meant picking.
Then I had images of walking along lines of mushrooms picking them, putting them in boxes for hours on end (I have a vague memory of doing a similar thing with strawberries in England – remember it being quite tiring), so expecting a similar thing, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you are just led to a collection of logs by a nice elderly lady, who gives you a very small basket and you just pull of as many mushrooms as you can eat…and thats it!

Mushroom Farm Logs

Mushroom Farm Logs

Picking Mushrooms

Picking Mushrooms


Took about 2 minutes. We then went to a bbq (on your own park bench) and cook them up (with vegetables and meat) while supping a big bottle of Asahi. Splendid, and the mushrooms were very delicious! Despite my slight concerns about hygiene, mushrooms grow on logs in forest, we pick them off, cook for 5 minutes and eat – no washing or anything.
Still, millions of Japanese can’t be wrong…
Me and My Mushroom

Me and My Mushroom

Mushroom BBQ

Mushroom BBQ


We also tried our hand at fishing at a koi pond there, but this involved trying to make a ball out of green gunky fish food, which would just fall off the hook as soon as it touched the water, so this lasted about 10 minutes (as long as it took us to turn the pot of food into balls to float to the bottom of the pond).

Still, fun in an “isn’t this crap” way đŸ˜‰


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