Archive for December, 2012

Japanese Washi Paper New Year’s Postcard

Japanese Washi Paper New Year’s Postcard

In Japan, there is a custom to send and give out the New Year greeting cards. This year, I’m making my New Year’s card with traditional Japanese paper called, ‘washi’.  (My father is a traditional washi papermaker.) I make them individually, one by one, which is a lot of work, taking much time and effort. …

Kyoto Christmas Dinner: Roast Chicken with Candied Yuzu Peel Dried Cranberry Oyster Stuffing and Purple Murasaki-imo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Kyoto Christmas Dinner: Roast Chicken with Candied Yuzu Peel Dried Cranberry Oyster Stuffing and Purple Murasaki-imo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Christmas in Japan is annoying to me, so commercial and superficial that I try not to take any notice of it. Though I miss the beautifully authentic Christmas decorations and traditions of home, I have yet to decorate my traditional Kyoto ‘machiya’ house for Christmas, though I think it would be wonderful to do so. …

The Red Brick Romanesque Aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple

The Red Brick Romanesque Aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple

In Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto, there is a Romanesque aqueduct, which has a very solemn feeling. I like this place very much and often visit there and enjoy observing the passing of seasons and the tourists exploring the temple. I took this photo of a couple from overseas and seeing them in this red brick …

Smoked Walnut, Pine Nut and Garlic Winter Pesto

Smoked Walnut, Pine Nut and Garlic Winter Pesto

I love pesto in the summer and used to make it back home in Minnesota. Pine nuts and good cheese are crazy expensive in Japan and I have never seen basil available here in the quantity that I would want to make a big batch of basil pesto. So, I have never made it here. …

Kyoto Temple: Myorenji with Jugatsu-zakura Autumn Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Kyoto Temple: Myorenji with Jugatsu-zakura Autumn Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

The Jyugatsu-zakura, literally, ‘November Cherry’, which blooms from November to January is a delightful and seemingly unknown treasure. The Jyugatsu-zakura is quite uncommon, even in Kyoto I have only seen it in a few places. I was biking past Morenji Temple today, in the biting cold and remember that they have this special sakura and …

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