Posts Tagged ‘spring

Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi

Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi

Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi
Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) Mochi
May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. Two important icons for this day are the Koi-no-bori (flying carp banner) and the kabuto, or armored battle helmet worn by samurai. At Suetomi, we found some delightful and unique koi-no-bori and kabuto themed wagashi, traditional Japanese confections.

Hanamizake: Sake and Sakura Blossoms

Hanamizake: Sake and Sakura Blossoms

Hanami Sake: Sake and Sakura Blossoms (花見酒)
Hanami Sake: Sake and Sakura Blossoms
Sake flavored with cherry blossoms is a wonderful spring treat in Japan. The sakura bloom only last a few days, so this fleeting pleasure of life must be sought out and enjoyed!

Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen

Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen

Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen (さくら冷やしうどんつけめん)
Sakura Hiyashi Udon Tsukemen

The sakura zensen, or ‘Cherry Blossom Front’ is moving up Japan from south to north and is now passing through the center of the country where Kyoto is located. The delicate sakura blossoms don’t last long though, just a few days. It has already begun ‘raining’ cherry petals…

homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana

homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana

homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana (鶏つくね煮込みほうとううどん、ほうぼう煮魚、花菜)
homecooking: Chicken Tsukune Udon, Hobo Nizakana and Nanohana
Chicken Tsukune Nikomi Udon: Udon, Japanese-style chicken meatballs and vegetables simmered in chicken stock-miso soup
Hobo Nizakana: Red Gurnard Simmered in Sweet Shoyu-sake Broth
Nanohana: Lightly Steamed Rape Blossoms with Sesame Sauce
This is a wonderful, late winter dinner that…

Setsubun: The Day Before Spring, Demons, How to Eat Eho-Maki and Throw Your Beans

Setsubun: The Day Before Spring, Demons, How to Eat Eho-Maki and Throw Your Beans

Setsubun: The Day Before Spring, Demons, How to Eat Eho-Maki and Throw Your Beans (節分: 立春、恵方巻、炒り豆、豆撒き)
Setsubun 節分
On February 3rd, people in Japan celebrate Setsubun, the coming of spring. Special sushi rolls called Eho-maki (恵方巻) and eaten while facing the auspicious direction for that year. After dinner, roasted soy beans, or iri-mame are thrown out the front…

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