The weekend before we took off on our little trip to Kyoto, Osaka and surrounding areas, we stopped by Enoshima Island. Since it was still quite early in the morning, most of the shops were closed and it wasn't jammed packed with people. Most shops in Japan open quite late, around ten or eleven, and depending on how you view it, it can be an inconvenience. That day, I was glad that not many shops were open, it made Enoshima quiet and tranquil. It wasn't so rushed and hectic like many places in Japan tend to be, it was slow-paced and I liked that. We walked all the way up to the top, where we saw panoramic views of the sea. We also witnessed the making of and bought taco-sen (octopus cracker), fresh octopus is dusted in some flour and placed in a metal press that squishes out all the water, making it so dry that it turns in to a cracker. The noise it made sounded like the octopus was in excruciating pain. Each place in Japan specializes in certain types of food, in this case Enoshima is known for shirasu, or in English, whitebait. There's a famous restaurant called Tobiccho that sells shirasu, the portions are huge.