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Kyoto Kitayama Lumberjack Sushi

Kyoto Kitayama Lumberjack Sushi

To make this sushi, in addition to a kitchen, a woodshop is required! Masakazu Hatadan runs a bento and catering shop in the rural mountain village of Keihoku an hour drive up from the ancient capital. This is Kitayama Sugi (cedar) country and a station town on the old Saba-kaido (Mackerel Highway). Several years ago …

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi ‘Meiboku’ Hand Carved Chopsticks

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi ‘Meiboku’ Hand Carved Chopsticks

Yesterday I was back up in Kitayama, the North Mountains of Kyoto, working on my new ‘lumberjack’ project. My associate took me to meet an 8th generation ‘lumberjack’ that produces logs that sell for about $20,000! Kitayama is famous for these cedar wood logs that are used for the tokonoma decorative alcove in traditional Japanese …

Kyoto Okaju Japanese Lacquer ‘Fude’ Brush Pen

Kyoto Okaju Japanese Lacquer ‘Fude’ Brush Pen

A number of Kyoto companies and artisans working in the traditional Kyoto industries have begun to develop novel products for contemporary lifestyle that are based upon or utilize some aspects of tradition. These products are especially fascinating to me because many of them could not really be developed anywhere other than Kyoto. I recently came …

Kyoto Fushimi Sake Cider

Kyoto Fushimi Sake Cider

Yamamoto Honke sake brewery, established in 1677, is a among the oldest sake breweries in Fushimi, the sake brewing district of Kyoto. On June 1st of this year, Yamamoto Honke released a new and novel sake product: Kyoto Sake Cider. Cider in Japan is a popular soft drink and is very unlike what we think …

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