8/02/2007

Kushiage --- Skewer Food --- Deep Fried Meat and Veggies

Tuesday night, there was a meeting and then dinner within this research group. We were working on Japanese Film Market Research and it is now almost finished. Five of us gathered and had this feast. Thanks to Mr. Hamano.

There was some cabbage, cucumber, carrots..... then deep fried food kept coming until we said " Please stop here"...
Fried shrimp, Pork and Veggie, Beef, Asparagus.... various kinds of food..... I finished with Pineapple Ice cream... Yummmm.

I forgot the restaurant name... Let me fill out later. If I had forgotton, somebody, please remind me ! Thanks.

Nigai, Basashi, Nasu-no-Agebitashi --- Yamanashi Food

We had this dinner at local restaurant after practicing golf.
( The funny thing is we all felt golf balls were lighter and flew
much further than Tokyo. We were saying because of altitude
of Kobuchizawa..... is it so ? )
Anyway, the top left is Nigai....cooked abalone in soy sauce.
Yamanashi prefecture is not facing any ocean. Surrounded by
other prefectures. Therefore, seafood had to be carried by horses in old days.

In order to avoid spoiling the precious seafood, they soaked this abalone into soy sauce. What happened was the abalone on the horse back was cooked perfectly with the body heat of the horse.
When the horse arrived into Yamanashi prefecture, the abalone turned to a delicacy. Since then it is called Nigai ( cooked shellfish) . Yes, it was tender and flavourful.

The middle one is Basashi.... horse meat sashimi. It has chewy texture and beef like juicy flavor. This was served with grated

ginger, but sometimes it is served with grated garlic. It feels I
got power from the meat.

The bottom is deep fried eggplant with grated ginger and soy sauce. Their local eggplant had natural strong flavor, different from what we eat in the city. Something like....power from the earth.

Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but when you exit Kobuchizawa Exit of Chuo Freeway, turn left. The first restaurant on your left is this place. Good luck !

Houtou---Yamanashi Prefecture's Udon like Noodle

Houtou is like flat udon noodle, which is common in Yamanashi prefecture. The soup is usually miso soup. I chose this Kabocha Houtou ( Pumpkin noodle soup). The ingredients in the pot were carrots, pumpkin, green onion, sliced pork, shiitake mushroom....
The veggie was delicious. Especially carrot... much stronger than city carrot. The orange color was stronger and more flavourful.

We had beer , snack and went back to the hotel. There was a nice bath in the hotel ( RISONARE ) . Totally relaxing.....we chatted, relaxed.... turned on TV..... it was before midnight. Then we found out that Soccer match was almost the end of the second half..... Japan vs. Korea...... Oh, no ! Then extended 15 min. game...still tie. another 15 min..... then PK.... well, I respect Korean national team players. Although, Japan was ascendancy... they never gave up. Tsukkun was half asleep while we were screaming.... Maki and Mae-san and myself were wide awake although we were tired....

8/01/2007

Kobuchizawa---RISONARE




Designed by Mario Bellini, RISONARE is stylish and comfortable resort located in Yamanashi Prefecture. It takes about 4 hours to get there from Tokyo depending on the traffic. ( using Chuo Freeway)

Four of us arrived before check-in time, which is 3:00 p.m. We drove over to Kitanomori Country Club's driving range. ( 81-(0)551-32-1111)

After practicing golf for the next day, we had dinner ( local food , will be posted next time) and came back to the hotel.


RISONARE:
129-1 Kobuchizawa-machi, Hokuto-City, Yamanashi Prefecture,
Japan 408-0044

TEL:81-(0)551-36-5111

7/30/2007

Midsummer Day of the Ox

Today is Midsummer Day of the Ox. The Ox day during this period is determined based on Chinese philosophy of Nature. We eat grilled eel on this day to get over the heat and stay healthy. This idea was invented by Gennai Hiraga who is doctor, writer, painter of Edo era.
It is said an eel shop owner visited Gennai Hiraga to get advice to sell more eel and Gennai Hiraga suggested to set this day as eel eating day.

I missed eel tonight and should have it sometime within this week. Eel gives you vitamin B which is effective to keep your energy during this energy consuming period.

I have little fever since yesterday. Don't worry, I had fun over the weekend playing golf .... maybe tired from that. Will sleep well tonight and make tomorrow more productive day. Good night.