Archive for February, 2012

Getting a Visa for China at Chinese Consulate in Osaka

Getting a Visa for China at Chinese Consulate in Osaka

I am heading to China tomorrow for the first time in some years and I just picked up my visa at the Chinese Consulate in Osaka. (I write this on the train back to Kyoto.) Getting the visa was my worst customer ‘service’ experience in like a decade! They could have saved me an extra …

Soba Lunch: Rikyu Soba at Owariya

Soba Lunch: Rikyu Soba at Owariya

Today while out and about, I stopped in at my favorite soba restaurant for lunch. Honke Owariya was founded in 1465 – that makes it among the oldest restaurants in the world! I think I like their ‘Rikyu Soba’ dish best. Rikyu-fu was originally made for monks and priests who didn’t eat meat. (Present day …

Kyoto Snowfall February 2012

Kyoto Snowfall February 2012

I was delighted last night that we finally got some snow, the first real snowfall in Kyoto this winter. I snapped this picture with my phone before going to bed.

Wagyu Beef Stroganoff with Iyokan Citrus Cream

Wagyu Beef Stroganoff with Iyokan Citrus Cream

I somehow got a hankering for Beef Stroganoff, which I have never made and don’t recall eating since I was a kid but a few times. I searched online and found some articles and videos on how to make this dish and then went about making my own, slightly Japanese version. I used a whole …

Kyoto Shoyeido Incense New Fragrance: Shirakawa (a Dud)

Kyoto Shoyeido Incense New Fragrance: Shirakawa (a Dud)

Disappointment: I am a big fan of Shoyeido (松栄堂), a purveyor of incense in Kyoto established in 1705. I usually get their ‘Horikawa’ (堀川) fragrance from the Horin (芳輪) series. The Horin series has more than half a dozen fragrances with a price range of not too expensive to a bit expensive. My favorite, Horikawa …

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