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2009.10.29 Japanese sweet, Japanese heart

This is a Japanese sweet of the shop, Hitotsubatago(ひとつばたご) at Gifu(岐阜) prefecture, called Shibaguri(柴栗). The center filling is mashed chestnuts, rolled up by sweet bean paste. The filling and the bean paste are as if they were quiet, self-effacing persons. They aren't so sweet as cakes that some might think the taste isn't enough. Before thinking like that, please listen to their quiet voices... In fact, their fine tastes of the materials are drawn out so much, without any additives. The one's "modest"sweetness brings out the flavor of the other. The total balance of the two gets into a harmony.

  1. 2009/10/29(木) 02:25:28|
  2. Gifu 岐阜
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2009.10.26 All the things and the people around you are...

I went to the cozy museum, 何必館 Kahitsukan in Kyoto. There was an exhibition of 北大路魯山人(Kitaoji Rosanjin). He was born in Kyoto in 1887 and died in 1959. He had talents for pottery, engraving, caligraphy, flower arrangement, tea, and food. 坐辺師友(Za-Hen-Shi-you) is the words to describe his life, meaning "All the things and the people around you are all your teachers and friends." He always learned from what he really experienced for his arts.

何必館 Kahitsukan Museum
Official website:Click here

  1. 2009/10/26(月) 07:00:33|
  2. Art
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2009.10.24 Misoshiru, the traditional soup

Misoshiru(味噌汁), or Miso soup is not a high class food but a popular home made menu in Japan for a long, long time. It is the soup that usually fish based soup with miso paste(fermented soy bean paste), and various ingredients as Tofu(bean curd), vegetables, and so on.
This is a menu of the restaurant "Shirukou志る幸" in Kyoto, which serves various special Misoshiru(味噌汁). Japanese traditional dishes are like orchestra. I mean, each dish has own character and they create a harmony in total. Misoshiru(味噌汁) shows its fine taste and effectiveness especially when you enjoy all dishes including rice altoghether.
The entrance of Shirukou志る幸.

<info of Shirukou志る幸>
Menu: Rikyu-bentou 利休弁当(seen at the picture above) 2415yen
11:30~14:30, 17:00~20:30(Monday to Friday)
11:30~20:30 (Sat, Sun, other holidays)
Address: 京都府京都市下京区西木屋町四条上ル真町100
Map: here

  1. 2009/10/24(土) 16:52:16|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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2009.10.21 Countless wishes at Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷) is a shrine in Kyoto. The history dates back to 711. The shrine is the headquarter of all 30,000 Inari shrines(稲荷神社) in Japan. They were built for the sake of good harvest and good business. You can see the shape of gates at all shrines in Japan, meaning the gate from the place where people live to where gods live.
Although you can usually see one or a few gates at shrine, Here at Fushimi inari(伏見稲荷) there are so many gates, called "Sen-bon Torii"(千本鳥居: thousands of shrine's gates). Actually, the number of them at the shrine has reached 10,000 now!
Each of them was buillt as donation by someone who thanked that one's wishe had granted, or who made a wish to come true.
Which way do you want to go?
The endless gates as our countless wishes.
At every Inari shrine, there're two statues of fox as servants for the god. They like fried bean-curd, and that's why a Japanese food "fried bean-curd stuffed with boiled rice" is calld O-Inari-san"(お稲荷さん)in Japanese. If you want to see the picture of it, click here.
The sunset from Fushimi Inari shrine

<Info of Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷>
Address: 68, Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto, JAPAN
MAP: Here
Official website: Here
Entrance fee: free

  1. 2009/10/21(水) 23:46:53|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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2009.10.17 Cooking with Japanese radish

Daikon大根, or Japanese radish is a poplular vegetable in Japan. The literary meaning in Japanese is "a big(=大) root(=根)", as it is. I've never seen such a big long white vegitable in other countries, though it is in every supermarket in Japan. It is good for health as its enzyme helps digestion. Sometimes we eat it raw with cut with stripes, or with grazed. Sometimes we boil it.
Daikon, onion, and beef, boiled with soy sause based soup.

  1. 2009/10/17(土) 01:00:20|
  2. life
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