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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. …

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 …

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