Monthly Archives: May 2016

Summer Jelly Sweets

This is another cool-looking sweets from Kagizen, Kyoto. This one is called “Minase” (dried river), and is special edition for the event in Osaka Hankyu Department. Made only from sugar, black sugar, and agar. Vague dots are of black sugar. Surface is dry, but soft inside like jelly. Subtle sweetness, and good for both hot… Read More »

Jakuchu The 300th Anniversary of his Birth

This year celebrates Jakuchu’s tricentennial anniversary and this special exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum introduced masterpieces spanning his early to late career. I was so eager to see this exhibition, however, I gave up to line up for 240 minutes to enter. Yes, actually, I missed the exhibition. It may be hard to believe,… Read More »

Arita Camellia Rectangular Plate

Arita is famous for its porcelain, and Tsuji-Seijisha has the longest history and authority. This pottery producer serves as purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household since 1664, for more than 350 years! Skills and techniques are handed down for generations, and now 15th head takes over its name. His style is characterized by its noble… Read More »

Arita Blue Phoenix Vase

Arita is famous for its porcelain, and Tsuji-Seijisha has the longest history and authority. This pottery producer serves as purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household since 1664, for more than 350 years!   Skills and techniques are handed down for generations, and now 15th head takes over its name. His style is characterized by its… Read More »

Assorted Japanese Tea Bags

I got a bunch of assorted Japanese tea bags in attractive wrapping! 10 different types of tea from Shizuoka, known as a famous production area of tea leaves. Tea is different in terms of kind and the way of making it. Don’t worry, each one has its own card with explanation of how to make.… Read More »

Adzuki bean granola from Toraya

Thanks to the trend of health foods in recent years,granola has become very popular, so as well as in Japan. I found this “Adzuki beans granola” very delicious, and got a bunch of packs. Adzuki(Japanese red beans) has deep involvement with Japanese food culture since ancient times. We celebrate happy occasions with festive red rice… Read More »

Enveloped rice cracker

Look at these cute little envelopes. This type of envelope is used to give money for someone, the most classic occasion is New Years’ gifts for kids. What do you think is inside this time? Each envelope contains a vacuum packed thin rice cracker! This idea is from Hyohyoan, produced a wonderful encounter of the… Read More »

Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Went to see the exhibition “Korin and his Successors”~marking the 300th year since the passing of Ogata Korin~  at Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art in Tokyo. The Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art was established in 1964. The emphasis of the collection is on arts relating to the tea ceremony and profound aesthetics of… Read More »

Gluten cake treasure soup

Do you know what these are? “Gluten cake treasure soup” from Fumuroya in Kanazawa. Fumuroya’s  history dates back in 1865, and its gluten products are long beloved by people in Kanazawa, late castle city. This is their main products for souvenir, and each is vacuum packed neatly. Inside the pack, you can find a beautiful… Read More »

Nezu Museum

Went to see the National Treasure “Irises Folding Screens” at Nezu Museum in Tokyo. May is the season of irises, and the Irises screens has come once again. This time, we could enjoy the masterpiece by Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) in the context of waka (Japanese ancient style poetry). Zen style entrance. With its clusters of… Read More »