Fermented restaurant 

  

Recently it seems that fermented food is getting more popular. 

There is a unique restaurant which specializes in fermented food in Arashiyama Kyoto.

It’s name is “Hakkou Shokudou Kamoshika”.

Hakkou means fermented, and Shokudou means restaurant.

Fermented foods include miso, soy sauce, natto, sake, cheese, and yogurt…

These contain healthful microorganisms.

This is a lunch set of 8 kinds fermented foods. 

Also, the patisserie kamoshika just opened nearby. 

Their ‘Monastery Garette’ with nuts & dried raisin & caramel cream is so delicious.

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Yakitori 

  

Yesterday I went to the Yakitori festa in Kurume, Fukuoka. 

Kurume has 8 Yakitori restaurants for every 10000 residents, it is #1 in Japan.

Yakitori started from food carts. 

When I think of yakitori, it means chicken to me. 

But in Kurume, yakitori is made with pork, beef, seafood, and vegetables etc including chicken.

There are many variations.

 They put those into bamboo sticks and grill them over coals.

Yakitori is yummy.

This festa held every year.

But you can eat Yakitori all over Japan.

Imari pottery 

  

Imari pottery and Arita pottery were usually made by three craftsmen.

First is the potter, second is the painter who draws in blue ink, and third is the colorist. 

In Ookawayamauchi, pottery producers are gathered.

It has a good atmosphere and you can walk around and windowshop.

This is a funny decoration on a bridge near the harbor. 

Actually most Imari pottery is sophisticated plates and cups like that.

There are places you can try painting on pottery.

The other day I tried it, it was fun.

Straw wrapping

  

The other day I went to Imari in Saga prefecture. 

In Saga, Imari pottery and Arita pottery are famous.

Both are made by porcelain.

People wonder how they are different.

Long ago, the pottery made in Arita was brought to the port in Imari. 

Then they were packed in straw, like in this photo, and were sent overseas.

Those old pottery pieces were called Koimari.

Since pottery producers were united according area about 400 years ago, they were divided into Imari pottery and Arita pottery.

I was really impressed by the artistic protective straw wrapping at the museum. 

Kaiten sushi

  

After I came back to Fukuoka, I went to the Kaiten sushi (conveyorbelt sushi) restaurant.

 Sushi here is fresh and very good.

There are sushi types here that I never heard of before when I used to live in Kyoto.

 For example: Yazu, Hirasu, Isaki…

For Kansai people, even Aji (Horse Mackerel) and Sanma (Pacific Saury) are unusual sushi toppings.  

Maguro (Tuna), Hamachi (Yellowtail), and Tai (Snapper)… are around everywhere.

This shop is “Fujimaru.”

I also know Kaiten Sushi restaurant which is a little expensive but very good in Fukuoka city.

I will introduce it sometime.

By the way, the topping of the dish in front is the skin of a Blowfish.

Soni plateau

  

According to the calendar, today is the first day of autumn in Japan.

This photo is Soni plateau which is located in the north east of Nara prefecture.

In spring they scorch the mountainsides to prepare for the next growing season. 

In summer the landscape becomes green.

In autumn it is famous for Japanese pampas grass, whose ears bathe in the sun and shine in gold and silver.

They say it is beautiful.

When I went there, it wasn’t sunny, but I enjoyed it anyway. 

I want to go there again and see the beautiful scenery.

50th day

  

Today is the 50th day since I started this blog.

I am glad that people from other countries see this. 

Thank you very much to people who pushed the like button.  

And I am happy to see many different countries people’s blogs. 

Though I don’t know how much longer I can continue this blog, I aim for 100 days, for now.

By the way, this photo is the seaside in front of my apartment here in Fukuoka. 

I took this during a walk yesterday evening.