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Setsubun Foodie Customs: Kyoto Hisagozushi ‘Onimaki’ Ehomaki

Setsubun Foodie Customs: Kyoto Hisagozushi ‘Onimaki’ Ehomaki
Meet the ‘Demon Roll’ sushi for the day before spring -- Kyoto-style. This makizushi is a very original, fascinating and extremely beautiful variation of the eho-maki (lucky direction roll) makizushi that is eaten by custom in Japan on Setsubun, February 3rd, the day before spring begins. Setsubun has some wonderful ... read more

Mid-Winter Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya Red Plum Blossom with Frost Theme Namagashi Confection

Mid-Winter Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya Red Plum Blossom with Frost Theme Namagashi Confection
A wagashi confection that was created in 1699 by Toraya is a beautiful and unmistakable expression of a mid-winter plum blossom. It is called Shimokobai 霜紅梅, or red plum blossom with frost. This confection, created centuries ago, expresses something that I can only clearly recall seeing once: fruit blossoms in ... read more

Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya’s Year of the Tiger Namagashi

Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya’s Year of the Tiger Namagashi
This is the Year of the Tiger and I got my tiger themed new year namagashi from Toraya again, same as last year. It is called Sachi Tora (幸とら), or Happy Tiger. Like last year's ox, this delightful design is quite abstract and uses cinnamon to create both flavor and ... read more

Osechi Ryori: French Osechi by Restaurant Okumura

Osechi Ryori: French Osechi by Restaurant Okumura
In 2009 we brought you authentic Kyoto osechi New Year's cuisine and while Japanese style is the norm there are some restaurants that do Western, Chinese or fusion-type osechi. I had a chance to meet Chef Shinzo Okumura of Restaurant Okumura who is said to have invented 'French Kaiseki' and ... read more

O-shogatsu Ryori: Kyoto-style Saikyo O-zoni White Miso Soup

O-shogatsu Ryori: Kyoto-style Saikyo O-zoni White Miso Soup
Happy New Year from KyotoFoodie! Here is a little taste of the New Year in Kyoto: white miso soup. In Kyoto, people like sweet miso soup and the miso soup for O-shogatsu, or Japanese New Year, is especially sweet, surely the sweetest miso soup in all the land. The soup is ... read more
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Kyoto Cuisine

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Recipe

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How To

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Kyoto Restaurant + Cafe

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Chef

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Cooking Utensils

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Product

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