New harvest rice arriving soon!
It's been hot last a few days like summer came back.This weekend I saw many people harvesting rice in Keihoku.We have beautiful water form upper Katsura river so Keihoku rice tastes beautiful.Mostly farmers use a combine harvester to harvest rice.It combined rice harvesting and threshing.When I grow rice before I harvested by hand and took us for 3 days to just harvest by five of us.But combine harvester could do this for just 2 hours. It's hundreds times faster than hands.I like the classic style but if everybody does that way, the price of rice would be double or triple or more. I heard natural sun-dried rice has a bit better taste.But it takes time and difficult to keep the quality.Another 2 weeks、Keihoku rice would be available on markets.We could find them in woody Keihoku.Please try it so good!---------------道の駅 ウッディー京北 road station Woody Keihoku1-1 Kamiterada, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi postal code 601-0251tel 075-852-1700open hours 9:00 to 18:00https://fuw.jp/woody/
Japanese new summer sweets "kuzu ice pop"
It's getting cooler but it's still hot.So Let me introduce "kuzu ice pop" form Kameya Hirokiyo cake shop.(Kuzu is arrowroot)Kuzu is used for Kuzu-mochi and Kuzuyu(Hot drink).This unique Kuzu popsicle which doesn't melt and fall.But why it doesn't melt!?Because it's made of Kuzu (arrowroot).This time I bought blueberry taste and sweet potato taste.Blueberry one is used Keihoku local blueberry.I had a "sweet potato taste". It was very yummy. It got the gentle sweetness of sweet potatoes and jiggly and chewy texture.My colleague had a blueberry one.He said"So good! This texture of frozen blueberry and chewy texture is a very good combination."There is soda taste too.Please try the Japanese new ice pop.
I visited a friend's house in a Yamaguni Keihoku because I had a little business."Hey, how you going!?"My friend said,"There's a giant salamander in the ditch behind the rice field.""What? ARE YOU SERIOUS!?"So I was guided to the waterway behind the house."WOW!"A giant salamander was in the ditch as it lives there normally like a being in their living room.For the past few days, there have been several giant salamanders in the friend's pond in the garden, which is connected to the waterway behind.As you know, Japanese giant salamanders are a nationally protected species in Japan.I have an image of their living in the upper stream, but recently I've heard about seeing giant salamanders in Kamogawa river Kyoto city central.Most of the Japanese giant salamanders in Kyoto are crossed with Chinese giant salamanders, and native species are on the verge of extinction.Even in Keihoku which is in the upper reaches of Katsura River, crossbreeding of Japanese giant salamanders is advanced, and this one is highly likely to be a crossbreed.I'm sorry to bother you, but I am touching you.As expected, it was slimy.In fact, Japanese giant salamanders have a strong biting force, so if you find them, you should not touch them. They could bite your pinky off. Japanese giant salamanders are called "Sansho uo" in Japanese. (Uo means fish.)Japanese mountain pepper is called "Sansho"When they get angry, they secrete whitish liquid, which is similar to the smell of Japanese mountain pepper, and that is the origin of the name.They are eaten as a precious protein source in mountain villages in the past.(Can not do anymore.)It sounds delicious for me. I heard taste like between fish and chicken.Of course, I curbed my desire to eat it.On my way home, I dropped in Woody Keihoku farmer's market. And I bought Japanese mountain pepper powder instead of eating salamander.Japanese pepper from Keihoku tastes really good and it got a beautiful flavor.The price is 850 JPY for 15g.It's a sundry handpicking organic one.Try it and feel the taste of salamanders!Michinoeki Woody KEihokuPostal code601-0251 Adress 1-1 Kamiterada, Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto-cityTel 075-852-1700Opening hours 9 to 18https://fuw.jp/woody/
Keihoku soul food "Natoo mochi"
Can you guess what's this wooden thing on the photo?This is called "Karausu".We use this tool to thresh grains and pounding mochi(Rice cake) using foot.Using lever rule, this doesn't requied a lot of power to use so even children can use it. Great tool isn't it!?Local NPO "Furusato Keihoku Hokosugijuku" give a mochi making workshop. Members of NPO are senior local masters from Keihoku. They try to carry the local traditions to future generations and vitalizing Keihoku. After pounding mochi, Put natto(fermented soybeans) in it, and put kinako(soybeans powder) around it.Japanese and Korean students joined the workshop this time.They seem to enjoy cultural exchanges.I joined the delicious fun cultural exchange nad had a natto mochi too.Yummy.I had it with brown sugar.Thank you, senior local masters!
Fantastic fruits "Sarunashi"
My friend Mr. T gave me fruits called "Sarunashi" (Kiwi berry)Sarunashi is a kind of kiwi fruits but without hair on the surface.They grow wild in a cool mountainous area in Japan, China, and Korea.You can buy and grow them.I didn't know this plant until the last summer.This Sarunashi I got is frozen one, has harvested in last Autumn.So I tried frozen Sarunashi which was really tasty.It tastes like a kiwi with lychee.I guarantee you the taste.If you find them try them frozen.It's so beautiful.Harvest of Sarunashi is in September and in October.
River crab hunting
It's been melting weather these days even in the Kyoto mountainous area Keihoku.I have no air-conditioner in my house, my electric fan is working with no break in the day time.But it gets cool in the night time, so I'm glad to live in Keihoku.I didn't want to go out because it's so hot.So I decided to give a self hunting home education to my daughter.Today's game is river crab.They inhabit in the river in front of my house.We went to the river to hunt river crabs.Just ten minutes after started hunting, we hunted three of them. Mission complete!One each for me, my daughter and for my wife.My daughter and my wife have changed their mind so I cooked a crab just for myself.The cooking method is simple deep frying.1. Pour olive oil into the pan2. Warm it up3. put a crab in it Crab died instantly with a deep-fry crackling sound."Wow"My heart was feeling an exitment and a guilty at the same time by looking at.We take some one's life then our life can keep going. Thanks..I served it in the dish and completed!Looking beautiful shape.I put no seasonings on it to enjoy the taste.So I tried it.My first impression was it's very hard. It was much harder than I thought.But I could feel good taste after chewing for a while.It could be a good snack for beer.I do not think that I would want to have them for my daily meals.It's good to know I can eat them for an emergency situation.Please heat well, if you want to try it.Because they may have a parasitic worm inside their body. Please check this article too 「Entomophagy " stink bug"」
Soba restaurant "Kyobuan"
I was born in summer, so I like hot summers and the sceneries of summer. I like sunflowers very much because it seems to give me the energy to keep up with the summer heat.You can have a meal while watching such a summer view at Soba noddle restaurant "Kyobuan".Their natto mochi and soba noodles are really delicious.There is a sunflower field at the back of the store, and you can also enjoy watching them from inside seats and outdoor terrace seats.My stomach rumbled just at lunchtime, so I went to "Kyobuan" with excitement.And I was looking forward to seeing their sunflowers but they are already gone.So I asked the staff about the flowers."It was the best time to see them the week before last The week."Oh no...The owner and the staff said, "They bloomed like this for this year."And showed me the pictures of the sunflowers.Straighten up to the sun.Wow, it's so beautiful, and there is a path through the sunflower field. It would be fantastic to walk there.I missed the best time to see sunflowers.But I don't miss Kyobuan's delicious soba (lol).I had a "cold oroshi soba noodles with fried natto mochi" for this time.Oroshi meens "grinded daikon radish".And Natto is fermented soybeans and mochi is rice cake.As it was a hot day, the cold soda was the best choice.It is delicious eaten as it is, but it is also good to dip it in the soba broth!It was very delicious.I heard that sunflower seeds will be harvested properly and planted next year as well.Actually, this field will become a field of cosmos.I look forward to autumn as well.I missed the best time to see the sunflower field.Don't miss the taste of Kyobuan.Cold soba is ready to eat!◎ Natto Mochi and Soba Kyoubuanhttp://www.keihoku-m.com/kyoubuan_top.html
Grandma's farm part 2
My grandma goes to her farm early in the morning to check "how are vegies doing?".She came back to the house and said,"Hey, I got something good for you from my farm.""What's that?""That are strawberries"Oh, I love strawberries.But I didn't know that she is growing strawberries on her farm, so I went to check how she grows them.I found the strawberry plants with a lot of weeds.I asked my grandma how she grows,"I got the strawberry plants from my friend. And I plant them while ago but I did not look after them so much."OK, that's why that is surrounded by a lot of weeds.Strawberries seem very strong, they grow like a wild.Maybe my grandma's farm suits to them.Anyway Thank you, grandma!!Itadakimasu!