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2010. 06. 27 a long way to go

道"Michi" means...
(2)the spiritual practice by doing something special to seek for how to live well, and seek for the truth. For example, 茶道"Sado" or tea ceremony, 書道"shodo" or Japanese calligraphy, 剣道"Kendo" or Japanese art of fencing, and 柔道"Judo" or one of Japanese famous sports.
(1) and (2) have the same image of long way to go.

Location: 水元公園 Mizumoto-kouen park, Tokyo

  1. 2010/06/28(月) 00:30:55|
  2. Tokyo 東京
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2010.06.19 Magewappa, the traditional wood craft

This is the traditional lunch box made of Akita cedar, called “Mage-wappa(曲げわっぱ).” “Mage”means “bend”(曲げる), and “wappa” means “circle”(輪), which derives from the process to make the thinly shaving cedar bent in a circular pattern. Originally, it is said that the wood cutters invented magewappa as their lunch boxes. In 1600’s, the feudal lord, Satake Yoshinobu(佐竹義宣) in Akita prefecture suggested samurai warriors to produce magewappa as side job in order to get over poor life.
I like magewappa because it is not only beautiful (the food looks tasty!) but also practical. It is breathable material to keep rice tasty: not too wet, not too dry. It is also so light to carry. In addition, it has bactericidal property to keep food well.

  1. 2010/06/20(日) 00:25:03|
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2010.05.06 Super bowl

This is かき揚げ丼(Kakiage-don): a rice bowl topped with かき揚げ(kakiage).
かき揚げ(kakiage) is a kind of てんぷら(Templa): usually vegetables, fish and seafood which are dipped in batter and deep fried in vegetable oil. That's one of the traditional fast-foods in Japan.

The super-bowl of rice is topped with so big kakiage that it cannot be fitted by the lid! At this restaurant, the kakiage is consist of seafood: shrimp and squid.

"天健(Tentake)" is a small restaurant and might not be listed on major guidebooks, but it is loved by local people.

Address:2-4-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open:[Tue~Fri]11:30~20:00 [Sat・Sun・Holidays] 11:00~20:00

  1. 2010/05/06(木) 07:26:39|
  2. Tokyo 東京
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