Posts Tagged ‘Japanese New Year

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 fragrance but moreover a novel visual effect.
Eto: Twelve Chinese…

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…

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 called o-zoni and this article is about Kyozoni, or…

Koshogatsu Ryori and Oma Maguro Tuna

Koshogatsu Ryori and Oma Maguro Tuna

Happy New Year Again! Koshogatsu Ryori and Oma Maguro Tuna 小正月料理 大間マグロ
Happy New Year Again! Koshogatsu Ryori and Oma Maguro Tuna 小正月料理 大間マグロ
Koshogatsu, or ‘little shogatsu‘ is traditionally observed on January 15th and marks the end of the Japanese New Year celebration. Mochi that has been offered to Shinto gods for the last half month is now quite dried out and is shattered with a hammer for eating…

Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya’s Year of the Ox Namagashi

Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya’s Year of the Ox Namagashi

Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya’s Year of the Ox Namagashi 京都とらや のどかな朝
Wagashi: Kyoto Toraya's Year of the Ox Namagashi 京都とらや のどかな朝
There is a blend of sophistication, beauty, simplicity and cuteness in namagashi, especially Kyoto namagashi, that is just unlike anything else in the foodie universe. In food and non-food related design, the traditional Japanese sense is something from another, bygone world, but still seems so essential even in…

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