A Day Spent in Inaka Luxury
After an hour or so, we decided to call it a day. We wrapped up our pleasant conversation by exchanging meishi, and we were soon on our way. I wasn’t yet headed back to the house, but to the local supermarket for something a bit healthier than what Seven Eleven typically offers for dinner. Plus I just don’t like repeating meals day after day.
The trip to Beisia took maybe 15 minutes, and jeez, it was worth it. This one is apparently the largest in the area, and was really quite well-stocked. I grabbed some beef, spinach, tomatoes, red onion, oil & vinegar, blue cheese (all local) and a few other ingredients, for a simple steak salad, and a bottle of red wine, for great justice. I loaded that into the Jimny, and started making my way back up the mountain, again savoring the brisk evening air and this time with a much better understanding of my surroundings after having spent the day exploring with Cory.
Way back in the day, I fashioned myself as a pretty decent chef, but having spent so many years cooped up in small Tokyo apartments with mere micro-facsimiles of a functional kitchen, I was worried that my ability to navigate a proper kitchen – which the Minakami House certainly has – had waned. Fortunately, the kitchen at this property is a real winner and I spent the last hours of my second day in beautiful Minakami cooking up a storm, enjoying wine, and grooving to the dulcet sounds of Blood Ceremony.
Luxury is a word with which the definition varies from person to person, and up there in the cool dusk of Minakami’s hills and forests, reflecting on a day spent with new friends, experiencing new foods, and speaking about jointly shared passions, I must say, I’m pretty sure that is now becoming my new definition of luxury.