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Strawberry fields forever

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I got strawberry from my granma’s field – they must be the last ones for this year. Juicy and sweet!!!

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Deer, deer

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Deers eating bamboo shoot’s peel, in the Nara park, close to big Buddha’s nest. Spring has come!

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Between “Kafka on the shore” and “Udon”

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Udon – it is simple noodle made only with flour, water and salt. Kagawa prefecture is known as Udon prefecture. Here people talk about newly opening Udon stand in the city, debate and critic about the elasticity of the noodle, taste of soup, as it is, whole philosophy about Udon.

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Skipjack on fire(2)

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…yeah and here it is! Skipjack on fire with see salt and lemon(Yuzu, also speciality of Kochi)

It’s pretty different from normal Sashimi (raw fish) because it has clear aroma of roast by straw, which gives great impact on taste. Normal way is eat with soy sauce & yuzu lemon, but you must try it with salt!

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Skipjack on fire

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What is special in Kochi, a prefecture in Shikoku island? – Skipjack (bonito), of course. (by the way, I didn’t know that this fish has cute Spanish name! Do you know where is the origin of it? Let me know!) They burn the surface of fresh bonito with rice straw, and they do it by order!

 

And the taste…..???

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Ohanami

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This weekend is the best timing for Ohanami (= eat & drink under cherry blossoms). We had great party at Osakajo castle park!

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How to cook fish?

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Boil, bake, steam, fry, or eat as it is…? Okinawan restaurants reminds you that a kind of fish can be cocked in several way. Above poor fish is cocked in Mahsu ni, which means “boiled by salty water” in Okinawan language.

Taste good? Of course. The tofu by the fish is also great. Try it!

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Okinawan noodle

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If you love noodle and have chance to visit middle part of Okinawa island, I highly recommend this old noodle restaurant; Kishimoto Shokudo. Original house-made noodle in fish-based aromatic soup. Just great. No worry about your language skill, the only way you can order is “small” or “big”.

 

 

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Waiting for something

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…at Kokusai street, main street in Naha city, Okinawa.

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Dragon’s finger

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Did you know that dragon’s finger is different depending on countries? Oh I didn’t know that.

 

Above picture is a pillar in Shuri-castle, Okinawa. The dragon has 4 fingers. Dragons in Japan (main land) has 3 fingers and 5 fingers in China. Why??

 

Our Wikipedia says: China prohibited using 5-finger-dragon in 1297 because it’s symbol of Chinese emperor, and then Okinawa (Ryukyu kingdom at that time) and Korea were allowed to use 4-finger one.

 

After knowing that, I visited a temple in Nara, and found that all dragons (on the wall or near the pond) have 3 fingers!! Wow… interesting.