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Culinary culture is an extremely important part of Japanese culture.

Boy’s Day Koinobori Chofu

Tango-no-Sekku (Boy’s Day) Koinobori Chofu 端午の節句鯉のぼり調布 Tango-no-Sekku (Boy's Day) Koinobori Chofu 端午の節句鯉のぼり調布
May 5th is Boy’s Day, or Tango-no-Sekku in Japan. Colorful koi (carp) fabric streamers, some gigantic, are flown from house roofs and condominium verandas by families with young boys. I found these koinobori chofu at a wagashi shop in Nara the other day, I hadn’t seen anything like this before.…

Aoi Matsuri Kyoto Kaiseki

Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) Kyoto Kaiseki at Kichisen 吉泉の五月の献立 Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) Kyoto Kaiseki at Kichisen 吉泉の五月の献立
It is May and the most historic festival in all of Japan, the Aoi Matsuri is upon us. Iron Chef Defeater, Yoshimi Tanigawa of Kyoto’s famed Kichisen restaurant artfully uses the symbols and themes of the Aio Matsuri and seasonal leaves and ingredients for Kichisen’s May kaiseki menu.…

Karinshu: Japanese Quince Liqueur

How to Make Karinshu (Japanese Quince Liqueur) 花梨酒 Karinshu: Japanese Quince Liqueur  花梨酒 カリン酒 かりん酒 Karin, a variety of quince, is fairly common to see in the fruit section of grocery stores in the winter in Japan. I knew that people steeped it in shochu alcohol to make karinshu, like umeshu (plum liqueur) but had never made it or even tasted it. We made some today…

Vinegar Shinise: Fruit Vinegar Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bonbons

Fruit Vinegar Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bonbons from Vinegar Shinise! 内堀醸造 酢ボンボン Fruit Vinegar Chocolate Valentine's Day Bonbons from Vinegar Shinise  内堀醸造 酢ボンボン
Happy Valentine’s Day Peko! You’re my favorite foodie! This year I skipped the usual maccha chocolate and got Peko fruit flavored vinegar chocolates from a vinegar shinise company in Gifu that has a small stand at Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto. The novel flavors of blueberry, orange and grapefruit,…

Itadakimono: Kumiage Yuba and Yuba Donburi

Itadakimono: Kumiage Yuba and Yuba Donburi
Kumiage Yuba and Yuba Donburi 汲み上げ湯葉 湯葉どんぶり Kumiage Yuba and Yuba Donburi 汲み上げ湯葉 湯葉どんぶり
We were given a gift of kumiage yuba from a yuba company up in Otsu recently and made donburi with it on Peko’s famous rice. Simply flavored with soy sauce and wasabi, this is veg, healthy, and not just tasty, but creamy tasty! Have you heard of yuba?…
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