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Botan Nabe: Where to Buy Wild Boar Meat in Kyoto

Where to Buy Wild Boar Meat for Botan Nabe in Kyoto 猪肉 ぼたん鍋
Where to Buy Wild Boar Meat for Botan Nabe in Kyoto 京都改進亭総本店 猪肉 ぼたん鍋
The mountains surrounding Kyoto are rich with game, some of which are a traditional part of the culinary culture. Wild boar nabe is a winter delicacy. Usually people visit a restaurant that specializes in the dish when they want to enjoy this cuisine. It is…

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi

Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福
Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福
Today, while passing through Demachiyanagi, there wasn’t usual huge line at Demachi Futaba Mochi Store, so I peeked in and noticed that in addition to the usual line-up of mame-mochi (mochi with whole beans) they had kuromame daifuku, mochi made with black beans from Tamba, in rural Kyoto…

Kichisen Kaiseki: Japanese New Year Shogatsu Ryori

Kichisen Kaiseki: Japanese New Year O-Shogatsu Kaiseki Ryori 京都吉泉 お正月懐石料理
Kichisen Kaiseki: Japanese New Year O-Shogatsu Kaiseki Ryori 京都吉泉 お正月懐石料理
A lobster, mochi, kelp, daidai- orange and persimmon offering to god, crab served amid fresh snow covered bamboo grass, red snapper sashimi served in a basket of green bamboo, pine bough and plum blossom;  it’s Oshogatsu Ryori at Kichisen.
Several hundred boxes of Osechi have been delivered, this…

Kichisen Osechi: Midnight Final Preparation and Meaning

Kichisen Osechi: Midnight Final Preparation and Meaning 京都吉泉 おせち料理の盛り付け
Kichisen Osechi: Midnight Final Preparation 京都吉泉 おせち料理の盛り付け
At Kichisen, the master and students work in the cold through the night like Santa’s workshop getting Japanese New Year’s Osechi ready to send via express chilled delivery to arrive at homes all over Japan on New Year’s Eve day. Kichisen’s osechi is exquisite and as it is a…

Osechi: What is Osechi Ryori?

Osechi: What is Osechi Ryori?

Kichisen Osechi: What is Osechi Ryori? 京都吉泉 おせち料理
Kichisen Osechi: What is Osechi Ryori? 京都吉泉 おせち料理
Japanese New Year’s, or O-shogatsu is a celebration with ancient roots and perhaps the most prominent aspect of it is food and drink. Osechi ryori, or New Year’s cuisine is preserved food and is intended to last for several days. Osechi is richly fortified with cultural metaphor and visual symbolism.…

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