Japanese food culture, Food event in Tokyo, Japanese unique ingredients and classes
I'd love to share Japanese Shojin ( vegetarian) restaurant in Roppoingi.
Restaurant shojin offers the menu of Shojin cuisine. Shojin means food that Buddhist priests cook for dairy meals. The cooking doesn't require any animal proteins.
However, the regular meal is used traditional dashi stock, which contains bonito flakes infused soup. If you make a reservation in advance for vegan menus, the chef will make dashi with vegetable stock.
This place I'm sure the vegetarians and vegans enjoy authentic Japanese food.
Shijin Sougo reantaurant
I visited Hida-Takayama with my family in this summer. I've heard from people in my cooking class how beautiful traditional city and food is amazing. So Hida had been my wishing visiting list for years. Finally I could visit there as my family trip and indeed, that was beautiful city!
We first visited a small town named Furukawa-machi in Gifu pref. The town is now known for one of the main location in Japanese anime movie " Your name". The main cast lives this small town.
There is clean stream around the town and carps swill slowly in the water. Although it was hot and humid day the water looks cool down the town.
There are some authentic Japanese candle shops around Hida area. I bought this candle holder for our living room.
The accommodation we stayed was amazing. The building is elegant, the service is super and food was ultimate!
The ryokan name "Hidatei Hanaohgi".
There are many foreign visitors, I believe the service is English friendly.
Dinner was served as kaiseki style.
The chef came from Kyoto, so the food was Kyoto kaiseki influenced.
We enjoyed Hida beef and every dishes at dinner.
We, Japanese women say staying ryokan is the most appreciate experience. Since we can take huge public bath, dinner is served at relaxed room. We don't need to think about wash and clean the dishes, moreover no worry about clean the dishes and the breakfast for next morning.
I really enjoyed staying beautiful ryokan there at Takayama.
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I have welcomed French young guys for sake tasting class this afternoon.
Although they said they are Sake beginners, finally they knew the taste differences and enjoy each flavor of sake labels. They all have a great sense of the tastes.
I'm so glad more people understand sake as Japanese food culture and become interested in sake.
You will taste 4 different types of sake and know those characteristics. Then small sized food will be served and experiment what type of sake go with food. I also give you idea how to pairing sake and food. The food are simple, but commonly served with sake. People today enjoy common and traditional food as well.
If you are interested in taking the class, please book through Airbnb web site below.
Have you heard Japanese fermented food "Natto"?
chocolatier Jean Paul Hevan produced novel and unconventional chocolate bar in this summer, which combines chocolate and natto.
Natto is fermented soy beans. Those are slimy, and has strong flavor and unique smell. Natto is served with soy sauce and Japanese mustard, and we eat them mostly in breakfast.
First, add soy sauce into Natto, stair with chopsticks well then pour on top of a bowl of rice.
Some people in my class asked me about natto that they encountered in the breakfast at ryokan or restaurat. People are interested in the food which looks like soy beans, but never known how to eat them.
I serve them natto to taste at the class if the people interested in natto, and after taste, most people like the taste and of course not all the people like the strong flavor.
Some people describe the taste as caramel flavor, soy bean taste and cheese. The flavor goes with cooked white rice.
Natto contains tons of nutrition which include thrombolytic and probiotics and lower the blood pressure. We eat natto not only for the acquired taste, but also eat as healthy food.
So let's get down to the main issue. World well know chocolatier, Jean-Paul Hevin
produced tablet chocolate which contains dried natto crumbles.
I couldn't imagine the taste natto x chocolate, but it is not that bad, more like I was going
to be addicted to the taste. There are mixture of dried caramel, a bid of salty flavor and dried natto scattered over the chocolate. I like the crispy texture.
As someone in my class said the taste of natto is similar to caramel, so that caramel crumbles flavor go with natto. Yes, I like it!
Are you interested in the taste?
The chocolate is sold until August 31st 2018.
Tablet le caramel flour de cel e natto 897 yen
I wen to Tokyo Mid Town to visit dentist for dental check up. I found interesting summer event there and love to share. Some of them relates to Japanese custom and culture and the foreign visitors might enjoy there together.
There are some craft workshops for kids which offer daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
Ashimizu Water bath for foot to chill your body.
The picture is a image of Japanese warm food bath. The facility is often seen near Onsen hot springs.
The one in Tokyo Midtown is cold water food bath. As you can imagine soaking the food in cold water make body chill. I'm sure it is comfortable in 35 ℃ outdoor! I didn't have enough time today so I didn't experience but I will come back next time visiting.
There are digital art garden and wind chime shade are beautiful. If you are getting tired of the warm weather, it is worth to visit to have something fun.
There are many summer events from July to August through Japan.
Here is the food and drink events list the foreign visitors may enjoy as well as we do.
10th Washu-Fes in Nakameguro
In front of GT tower/ nakameguro-station
1:30 pm to 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm to 7:00pm
3000yen for the entrance fee
"Enjoy Japanese sake for summer!"
Serving more than 100 labels of sake with snacks go well with sake.
Official website only written in Japanese
Harajuku Omotesando Genki festival super Yosakoi and Gyoza festival
Saturday August 25th and Sunday 26th
Address 2-3 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
9 min from JR Harahuku station
Enjoy yosakoi dance, originally from Kochi pref. and various gyoza!
Here is the precise map and information
Japonism macaron and sweets buffet
Jun 1st to Sep 30th
At Marble lounge in Hilton Tokyo
Lovely macarons! The event is take place indoor. Japanese young girls love sweets buffet in Hotel dining.
Macaron is French influenced baked sweets, but you will see some of the ingredients and flavor with Japanese retro style presentation. Hope you like it!
Revolving around a Japanese-European fusion theme, 'Taisho Romanticism' takes you back to the 1910's when Japan was influenced by European art style 'Romanticism'. This dessert buffet offers French pastries like macaron, crème brûlée, sable, and more. Apart from quality taste, the dessert buffet is a feast for the eyes as cute rabbit and cat figurines, and Matryoshka dolls surround the pastries. Picture yourself in the Taisho-era with us this June to 13th September.
It's been so warm and humid in Japan. It was 35℃ in Tokyo today but feels like 38℃ sensible temperature.
This summer is warmer than usual. Ordinary, there is now in rainy season until around July 20th and starts the warm summer. However, this season is almost 2 weeks earlier than usual. People are getting tired in such a sweltering days.
The weather forecaster heads-up people to not do physical exercise out side to avoid heat stroke. It's been serious problem in these days.
Drinking slightly salted water is effective to prevent heat stroke, and there are many kinds of bottled flavored salted water in vending machines and convenience stores. Hope you take enough salted water when you walk outside during day time.
The bottled flavored salted water is sold around 120 yen to 150 yen.
The weather might last until in mid September.
Hope you well hydrate and enjoy strolling the city!
Drinking isotonic water is obviously effective to prevent heat stroke, and there are several kinds of bottled isotonic water in vending machines and convenience stores.
The bottled flavored salted water is sold around 120 yen to 160 yen.
You can buy with suica and pasmo card using vending machines in / near stations and convenient stores.
The severe weather might lasts until in mid September.
Hope you well hydrate and enjoy strolling the city!
There is wet and rainy season in Japan. However, I's been clear and very warm and humid days. I need to care for food damage for bento box. The food should be cooled as room temperature before pack the bento box to prevent damage.
The bento box in this term is almost done since my sons school start the exam shortly and no need to bring bento box. Summer vacation is almost there!
sautéed julienned carrots with cod roe
grilled salmon over rice
sautéed eggplant and pepper in sweet miso sauce
"Umami" is one of the basic five tastes, which affects the flavor of food. The tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour are common and most people are familiar to, and the umami is newly found taste by Japanese chemist in the late 19th.
There are many ingredients contains "umami"; Cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacons, all are familiar ingredients for over the world.
Fermented foods through the world contain umami, that had been invited
fermentation by ancient peoples. People have known umami, something yummy taste from long long before. Now we appreciate the wisdom of ancestors.
Japanese food, we call washoku, was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2013. People through the world became more pay attention to our food culture.
The umami has important element to affect how Japanese dishes taste so good and has fascinated people through the world.