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Mountain Bandit Shack

After years of talking about it on my blog, I’ve decided to post some pictures of the place. (I went there today to gorge myself…! :mrgreen: )


shrineThe place is up on a big mountain in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and it has its own altar. It also has a nice shrine and several stone statues of Buddha, although I have no idea why the small ones wear red hats and bibs.
red bib buddhaWhen I first saw it, I thought maybe it was a baby Buddha and needed some extra…er…help to keep clean or something. Occasionally you see one yen or five yen coin offerings around the mini-Buddhas, but this time I didn’t see any. Must be the recession.
water fallThis is a water outlet near the Shrine of Vending Machines. It has a huge Buddha surrounded by baby Buddhas wearing red bibs. Again, I’m not sure why the big one isn’t wearing a red bib except that maybe it’s because he’s their father and thus needs to look dignified…?

There are three spotlights around him as well, so that he can be lit at night. I’ve never been up at the Mountain Bandit Shack past four PM, so I have no idea if people worship him or pray to him or anything like that. I’m sure people do pray for good luck at the shrine though (the real one, not the one of Vending Machines).

Shrine of Vending MachinesNow, this is just a thing of awesomeness: the Shrine of Vending Machines. It’s a little hard to see, but it’s there in the background under the roof. Ever seen one anywhere else? No? Me either. It’s near the parking lot, with seven separate vending machines that sell everything from Coke to cold chocolate to hot chocolate to ice cream. One thing it doesn’t have is a beer vending machine. Not that the Mountain Bandit Shack doesn’t have one of those, too — it does — but it’s far from the Buddhas and the shrines.

Maybe to show some respect?

beer vending machineNot that you have to go that far. Respect or no, the place has a beer vending machine. How can any hot spot in Japan be complete without one? Beer vending machines are everywhere you want them to be, except maybe at some somber war memorial or something.
Nadia LeeAnd here’s me looking around for a table. Guests get to sit wherever they want, so it’s important to find a good spot — not too sunny but not too chilly. I look serious in the picture because it’s a serious business.

impatient NadiaAnd the picture on the right is me wondering, “Is that ours?” every time a waitress walked by with food.

waitressThis is our waitress, doing double-duty at the gift stand. (Check out her uniform. Everyone there wears that funky head thing and a black shirt & pants.)

yummy yum yum!

hungry catFinally, we get fed! Just look at all the food! My favorite steamed fried rice with veggies and meat and so on, my favorite saucy chicken on a stick and my favorite gyoza! Everything at the Mountain Bandit Shack is extra delicious.

Nom nom nom.

Oh…and we had a visitor. I think he was hoping for some scraps, but alas, there was nothing left for him.

Gomen ne, neko-chan!

5 comments to “Mountain Bandit Shack”

  1. Charlotte McClain
    · October 9th, 2009 at 9:51 am · Link

    What a great visit. Thanks for taking me along.

  2. Jeannie Lin
    · October 9th, 2009 at 10:04 am · Link

    That sounds like a wonderful adventure and the food looks fantastic! No wonder there was nothing left for kitty.

    Thanks for the great pics!

  3. Nadia Lee
    · October 9th, 2009 at 9:15 pm · Link

    Thanks, Charlotte & Jeannie. :)

  4. Dionne
    · October 10th, 2009 at 1:44 am · Link

    Hi Nadia, thanks for sharing the pictures of your feasts :D that was loads of food :-) loved your guest-the cat :D hehe

  5. Nadia Lee
    · October 11th, 2009 at 12:02 am · Link

    Thanks, Dionne. Sorry I didn’t get udon after teasing you with it. LOL.

    The kitty was so cute. We took a couple of pictures of him. He wanted to get closer, but I couldn’t let him though because I’m allergic.


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