As I am getting mentally ready for our next trip to Japan, I am starting to fantasize about all the food I’ll be eating there. What does one eat in Japan? Sushi, tempura, sure. But these are just the stereotypical choices the whole world knows about. There are many small food items and snacks I am missing when I am out of Japan. Since I have a sweet tooth, things like Dorayaki and Daifuku mochi are coming to mind. And sofuto cream (soft serve ice cream), in particular the typically Japanese flavors of matcha and black sesame! But I will be also totally eating Japanese veggies like edamame, renkon and daikon. I am looking forward to red miso soup, and am even craving some yakisoba. For snacks bought at street stalls, also mitarashi dango is on my list. And nikuman! And a nice cold Asahi Clear beer! Which of course makes me think of senbei, arare and beika (rice cracker based snacks that are often consumed with beer). Continue Reading »
For the first time in six years, I am missing the cherry bloom in Japan. Not like spending time in Southern California is a bad thing, but I can’t help feeling pangs of regret thinking of the fluffy clouds of white and light pink adorning Japan in this moment. All I can offer this year is a link to my Sakura Archives…
Japan being a nation infatuated with their knives, a very popular toy genre is the food cutting toy. I found Woody Puddy a maker of high quality items, the wooden fruits and vegetables being held together by little magnets (which gives the added benefit that you can put together “Frankenfruit”). Pictured above is their salad set, but there’s no fruit or vegetable that you can’t purchase from them separately (and hands down – who wouldn’t want a tiny wooden renkon split up into segments?). Continue Reading »
We’ve always enjoyed visiting Tokyo’s gardens. The Hama-rikyu Garden at Tokyo Bay has been a long-time favorite. But for the sake of novelty, we decided to try this time the Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden which is not far away. As it turns out, we had been wrong to ignore this garden for so long, as it is quite large and full of surprises. Located opposite of Hamamatsucho Station, wedged between Tokyo’s main train artery and an Expressway, this landscape garden holds its ground among modern high rise buildings. From the overpass crossing the tracks, one has a nice view of the whole garden (but beware, the only entrance is on the opposite side). Continue Reading »
Another year has passed and it’s time again to wish my readers a Happy New Year! This year is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. To our satisfaction, we were once more able to get our customary tenugui (again from the Shin-Marunouchi Building) and specially decorated sake
barrel bottle. I hope that also this year will be full of cool Japanese stuff to write about here on Chipango and that you, my readers, will stay with me also for the year to come.