9/23/2008

Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine --- Continued V


The left is called Oyaki.  I think it is originally from Nagano prefecture... The reason ? Because I have seen them on the highway service areas and it was usually within Nagano area.  

Also, there were three flavours.  The middle was Nozawana zuke ( pickled nozawana -- green veggie ).  It is also originally from Nagano prefecture.  The taste is like mini pancake.  I bought the one with Nozawana.... good snack !
Others were purple sweet potato and eggplant & miso paste.  ( That sounds good also).


This lady is selling Yakitori --- grilled chicken.  There were varieties.... bones, skins, thigh, wing.....I had thigh stick... 100 yen each. 

Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine --- Continued IV


I found some chocolate covered bananas.

As you can see, it is 200 yen each.

( Looks too sweet for me, so I did not try this time. )  

Yoyogi Hachiman --- Continued III


We do not eat them.  Baby gold fish is for fun scooping.  


Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine --- Continued II


These are Ramune bottles.  Ramune is just like lemon soda.  There is a small grass ball used as cap , when you drink, you push it down into the bottle.

This is something you cannot find at stores usually. 

Something special for the festivals. 
( 1 bottle was 200 yen. ) 

Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine --- Continued


The above is the main building of the shrine.  There were two lines that people were lining up to make a wish ( or to thank to the god).

You throw some coins ( or bills ) into the box prepared in front of you and make a wish.  Don't forget to ring the bell by pulling the ribbon hanging there and bow twice, clap hands twice and then pray.    

There were many people in the premises. 

Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine --- September Festival


So, I visited Yoyogi Hachiman this afternoon and checked the food stalls for you all !  It is third stop from Shinjuku station on Odakyu line ( Local , do not take Express to get off this station ).

This is Oden.... supposed to be Winter food, but it was tempting..
I had Japanese radish and Rice cake wrapped in deep fried bean curd.  The soup is also tasty.  Mustard is a must item !



These people were selling Oden.  They were also selling Yakitori --- grilled chicken. 



These lanterns have names of donors

The entrance staircase of the shrine.  

9/21/2008

Yuzen --- After steaming, washing process


Then after that, you wash the scarf in cold water.

There, the colors come out sharper.  

How you pick the color is actually totally up to you.

Other people were coloring in different colors --- Flower - Blue, Leaves- Brown or Flower - Pink &Gray , Leaves - Green.....Their scarves were pink, blue.... So, you just follow your instinct or your creative imagination.  

After the washing, prepare  a big bath size towel and roll the fabric into it, squeeze and dry lining flat.  Wait till it dries... Will try to explain about Yuzen later.  This is the most common dyeing method for Japanese Kimono.  

Yuzen --- Colored Rose


There were other base colors also.  I picked this yellow scarf and he motif was all same, this rose.  

So, I used several different red, orange, salmon or coral pink and adjusted colors.  Same for greens.  You adjust the colors by adding water, so practically you can make unlimited colors. 

As you can see it is still wet.  There are frame like glue which stops colors from running.  After coloring, for 30 to 4o min., it was steamed to make the colors stay on the textile.  ( It is silk ). 

Yuzen


The other day, I tried this class , Yuzen trial.

This is the scarf I painted. ( Actually the drawing was already done.  )

Will show you how it proceeds.