“中秋の名月” Harvest moon

September 8, 2014

August 15, in the old calendar, is “中秋の名月(the Harvest moon Festival)” in Japan. If we can’t see the moon on that night because of cloud, it is called “無月(Mu-getsu)”, and if it is rainy it is called “雨月(U-getsu)”. Though you can’t see the moon, you can appreciate the brighter night. “中秋の名月” is a festival of […]

Informed tea ceremony at home!

September 2, 2014

The Japanese tea ceremony has strict with manners, but I sometimes hold an informed tea ceremony for myself and my friends at home. When I go to a traditional Japanese tea party, of course I strictly observe the manners and etiquette. If you follow the rules all the time, you get quite sick of tea […]

Kakigori

August 15, 2014

In summer, I often eat ‘Kakigori“. Kakigori is shaved ice with syrup. This is Japanese (only me ?) summer soul food. It’s has been around since the Heian period from the end of the eighth century until the 12th century. The book “Makura no soshi” written by “Sei Shonagon” in 996AD described the early days […]

Red Perilla Syrup -Shiso-

August 1, 2014

“Shiso” is a red perilla, and it’s harvest time is June and July. I make shiso syrup every year in this season. In the summer I’ve made “Shiso Syrup” three times, maybe this time is the last time this year. How do you make it? Ingredients ・Red perilla 300~350g ・Water 2L ・3 Lemons (or Vinegar 25g) ・Sugar […]