Mochi

  

These are Mochi (rice cakes) after Mochi-Tsuki.

We eat them in many ways. 

This time, we ate them with grated radish, soy sauce with sugar, and soybean flour (kinako).

The most delicious one was a fresh soft mochi with azuki beans inside. 

And people also eat zoni, which is mochi in soup.

I love Mochi.

Mochi-tsuki

  

The day before yesterday, I went to Mochi-tsuki.

It is a traditional way to make mochi (rice cakes).

It involves pounding steamed rice with a big pestle and mortar to make it.

In Japan on New Years people eat mochi.

Nowadays people buy mochi at the store or use electric mochi pounding machines.

But still people do Mochi-tsuki as community events in many districts, preschools, etc.

The steamed rice in this photo is brown rice, so it isn’t white.

 varicolored carp

  
 

This is varicolored carp (Nishiki koi) at Dazaifu Tenmangu.

For me, the carp is a very Japanese thing. 

Varicolored carps are auspiciously colored, and are loved by Japanese.

Actually the origin of carp is China, and they came to Japan in about the first century AD. 

Nowadays they inhabit in all over the world.

But varicolored carp was born in Niigata Japan about 200 years ago.

Many temples have a carp pond.

When I was a child, my house had a carp pond, and my father was taking care of it.

Umegae Mochi

  

This is Umegae Mochi.

Sweet bean paste is inside of rice cake, and it is roasted. 

A plum blossom shape is carved on the surface. 

Many shops sell it on the road approaching Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine.

After I bought one and ate it, I found the shop which had a big line in front. 

So I and my friend also decided to buy it there and compare them.

The later one was much more delicious, though I liked first one, too. 

The shop which was better is ” Kasa no Ie”.

I love Umegae Mochi.

Dazaifu Tenmangu

  

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a famous shrine in Fukuoka.

The Deity of the Shrine is Michizane Sugawara (Tenjin sama).

It is the head shrine of 12000 Tenjin sama shrines in Japan.

It is the God of learning, sincerity and it expels evil spirits.

Students come to pray there for passing the school entry examination.

It seems that 7000000 worshipers come to Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine every year.

 It is about 20 minutes from Middle of Fukuoka city by Nishitetsu train.

Mexican (Thailand)

  

Oh, one more thing.

I went to a Mexican restaurant in Bangkok.

My family used to live in California.

So we like Mexican food like Tacos and Burritos.

This restaurant’s name is LA MONITA taqueria.

It is near BTS Phloen Chit station.

If you got tired of Thai food, try it. 

I didn’t know that I would eat Mexican food in Thailand.

But it was so good and I was happy.