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Kansai Trip (8)

- Kudzukiri (葛きり・くずきり) -

b0189321_09030231.jpgEvery time I go to Kyoto, there is one Japanese confectionery shop which I won't miss to visit. They sell their Japanese sweets and you can also sit in and have a cup of tea there. This place is called "Kagizen (鍵善)" located in Gion (祇園), actually a few minute-walk from Yasaka-Jinja Temple (八坂神社).

Their specialty is Kudzukiri (葛きり), kudzu starch noodles with the brown sugar syrup Kuromitsu (黒蜜), a traditional Japanese sweet made from Kudzu (葛; arrowroot). It is refreshing during very hot summer in Kyoto because it's served with ice, see blow pictures. When you eat them, you have to use chopsticks and noodles are very slippery so be careful!

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Their shop inside, very nice and relaxing...
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100-yen Shops - 100円均 -

100yen shops used to be full of junks and easily broken cheap stuff
(like one-dollar shops outside Japan), but nowadays, I must stress that
they have been actually evolving the line of products.
If you have spare time in Japan, I strongly recommend to stop by
to find the interesting items there. You can also find the Japanese stuff.

Most goods have English explanations, although it is not properly
translated but at least you can get an idea how to use it.
My favourite shops are;
1) Seria (セリア)
2) Natural Kitchen (ナチュラルキッチン)(honestly, this is my best,
  but there are only few shops available even in Tokyo.)
3) CanDo (キャンドゥ)

Some have very good quality and some are very useful.
The picture shows only few samples I bought.
Every each item costs 100 yen (less than 1 dollar now).
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I am also enjoying to remake small things by using those items
and if you do not like it, you can just throw it away.

Enjoy shopping!


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Season's Greetings

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Have a Happy Holiday Season from CATCH JAPAN♬♬♬

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Machiya Restaurant (町家レストラン)
b0189321_1085128.jpgMachiya (町家 or 町屋) are traditional wooden-made townhouses, many found in Kyoto. Since Machiya houses are long-standing over the centuries. Nowadays, those are renovated into stylish inns, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and so on.




b0189321_10131010.jpgWhen we visited Kyoto, we had a lunch at one of those Machiya restaurants near Karasuma-4jou (烏丸四条), called "Shun-puann"(旬風庵). It was kind of mixture of Japanese and French dishes, using lots of well-known Kyo yasai (京野菜; special vegetables produced only in Kyoto area).
As you can see, there are Tatami mats (畳) there, so you have to take off your shoes at the door hall.

The lunch was all delicious and we enjoyed very much along with the traditional atmosphere in the Machiya. Since there are many restaurants like this one in Kyoto, you should try. I heard that the Machiya-style inns are also very nice, some of them are very exclusive and cozy due to small space but very comfy...

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Koginzashi / Koginsashi; A blue bag...
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Happy Valentine's Day!!
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Temiage - 手土産 -

Temiage - 手土産 -
b0189321_1492269.jpgTemiage (手土産, 手みあげ) means a small present to give to your friends, family, relatives, etc., especially, when you are invited to someone's house, you bring this Temiage with you. In many cases, there are confections, cakes or a box of chocolate.

As for me, I usually bring this Karintou (かりんとう), the traditional Japanese sweets. This comes with a lovely vermeil round can, wrapped with a fancy paper box. Everybody I know loves this Temiage so I bring them to overseas friends, too. Karintou is crunchy and sweet in taste and it is good with a Japanese tea, coffee and/or tea.

I buy this Temiage from the very small shop, named "Tachibana”(たちばな) in Tokyo, Ginza. This small type costs 1,400yen.
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# by CatchJapan | 2015-01-18 20:00 | Japanese Culture | Trackback | Comments(0)
Togetsukyo (Togetsukyo Bridge; 渡月橋)
b0189321_1532525.jpgThe Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月橋) has been a landmark in Western Kyoto's Arashiyama (嵐山) District for over many years. Togetsu means the "Moon Crossing" (I think it sounds romantic). This wooden bridge spans the Katsura River (桂川) in front of Arashiyama Mountain, offering beautiful views.
We decided to take a decent break at this riverbank because we were actually very tired after loooong walk around this area. The scenery was superb and there was cool breeze from the mountain (we visited there in early October but it was unusually hot like over 30 degrees celsius.)

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This area is also famous for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Kyoto is always so crowded with lots of tourists during these two best seasons and naturally it is hard to secure your accommodations/ travel reservations, however, it is absolutely worth trying.
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Compact mirror cases!
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Sagano - 嵯峨野 -
b0189321_1113929.jpgSagano's bamboo groves (竹林) are very famous and one of the popular sightseeing destinations in Kyoto. It is not a long path but certainly good for a nice walk or bicycle ride. Especially, when a breeze is coming though to it, bamboo leaves are making beautiful and soothing sound. I realize later that the sound of the wind in this bamboo groves has been voted as one of "100 must-be-preserved sounds of Japan" (no wonder)...

When we visited, there were so many people so it was hard for me to take pictures without the crowd. I managed to take few per attached.

b0189321_11134646.jpgb0189321_11145887.jpgThe Sagano area has a number of temples along with lovely souvenir shops. It was a very hot day for October and we had a lunch at one Japanese restaurant where served the Yuba (湯葉: tofu skin, a local speciality) dishes. We took a long time to walk around this area and I wish I could come back here to see the colored leaves in the late autumn next time.
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