Year-end party at MAMA'S AND PAPA'S
We went to MAMA'S AND PAPA'S near the office to have a company's year-end party.This restaurant is run by a gentleman who loves music, and it is comfortable for me with the Beatles and other 60's and 70's rock music for background music.MAMA'S AND PAPA'S is Okonomiyaki restaurant, and you can eat hot food on an iron plate.The price setting is very reasonable, and it's just 500 yen for a Okonomiyaki.It's a special price.And, it's delicious.There are many izakaya menus besides okonomiyaki too.I asked the master about the management and sales because I was wonder about the secret of the price.Me "Hi Master, Is your shop doing OK selling okonomiyaki at this price?"Master "I can't save money but it's fun to run this restaurant. Recently, customers make a team of darts, and they come and play at my shop every week. Keihoku doesn't have many places where young people can gather, does it? That's why I want to provide a place for young people where they can gather and have fun."I admire you, master! You have a great spirit!Master is right. There are not many shops that are open until late at night in Keihoku. So I really appreciate the master opens shop until late.In addition, there is a private karaoke room as well.We rented a karaoke room for the party.And my family also joined and enjoyed the party of the company.Thank you, Master.Those who love music or karaoke, or Okonomiyaki, or talking with the master,How about MAMA'S AND PAPA'S?I recommend this place!---------MAMA'S AND PAPA'SAddress: 2 Kawabata, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto CityPhone: 075-852-0951Opening hours: 16: 00 -24: 00Closed: Tuesdays
Relax by Kyoto mountain aroma essential oil
When I feel tired, I take a walk on a mountain road near my house. I like the smell in the forest it is very pleasant and relaxing.I could remember smells that I have smelled a long time ago.I wonder why and I searched about it.The sense of smell is the most instinctive of the five senses, and the information of smell is transmitted directly to the hippocampus of the limbic system. So that's why I could remember the smell clearly.Today I would like to introduce an aroma essential oil set "Kaori no Mori", by using this item you can enjoy the fragrance of the mountains of Keihoku in your daily life.The set has aroma diffuser and aroma essential oil that is used Keihoku cedar and Kuromoji(Japanese Lindera) essential oil blend.This essential oil distilled by Suginosei a local aroma oil maker and blended by Ms. Tamao Maekawa an aroma fragrance designer of Kyo-aroma Breath.The aroma diffuser was jointly developed by Ms. Maekawa and SATOYAMA DESIGN (my company). The material is used Keihoku cedar. We have been selling it for about 1 year in handmade markets, and since many people liked it, then we have started selling set "Kaori no Mori" with blended oil.The package design is designed by SATOYAMA DESIGN.I think it would be very nice for a gift.The inside looks like this. You can use this on the desk in the office. Cute isn't it?And of course, it smells good.To use, just drop a few drops of essential oil on the diffuser."Kaori no Mori" will be released soon at Roadside Station Woody Keihoku.(It will also be available in limited quantities in Satoyama design office.)There are 3 prices for "Kaori no Mori".Kuromoji Blend Set¥4300 tax includedOpen the door (a blend of cedar)¥4400 tax includedKyo Forest (a blend of cedar and Japanese maple)¥5500 tax includedPlease check it out.Ms. Maekawa says, "Essential oil is not only for aromatherapists and treatments, but also for more people to enjoy the fragrance of essential oil easily, so I decided to make this product. Suginosei's cedar and kuromoji are organic, the quality is guaranteed. Would you like to try Maekawa's original blend?If so good news for you.Do you know "GOOD NATURE STATION"? (a complex with restaurants and hotel and organic cosmetic shops) which opened in Shijo Kawaramachi the other day. On the 1st floor, at GOOD NATURE MARKET, the bio marche that sells many organic products will be held on Friday, December 13th.Kyo-aroma Breath will also open a store in Marche to hold aroma soap workshops and aroma cologne making workshops.The entry fee for the aroma soap workshop is 1,200 yen.You can make a beautiful jewel-like soap. It's almost a waste to use it. you can make original cologne from your favorite essential oil at aroma cologne making workshop. Workshop fees 1,000 - 1,500 yen.Of course, we also sell essential blend oil and "Kaori no Mori" diffuser set.Blended oil is sold from 450 yen for 1 ml, and recommended for those who want to try it.If you're interested in aroma essential oils, but don't know which one to choose, please try it!----Vio MarcheDate and time: Friday, Friday, January 10, Friday, December 13, 10: 00 ~ 15: 00Location (GOOD NATURE STATION 1F GOOD NATURE MARKET)318 6 Inari-cho, 2 chome, Shijo Sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City(On January 10, the WS Workshop on Making Aroma Soap will be held in the hotel lobby on the 4th floor at 16: 00 ~ 18: 00.)Kyo-aroma BreathInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyoaroma_breath/?hl=jaAddress: (SATOYAMA DESIGN) Nishichoda 21-3 Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Imagine the Shogun Mitsuhide by eating sweets
I have written a story in an earlier blog post about a temple in Keihoku associated with Akechi Mitsuhide a famous samurai general 1528-1582. The next NHK Taiga drama is a story about Akechi Mitsuhide.So now people are spotlighting about Akechi Mitsuhide. I heard a story of Mitsuhide after moved Keihoku that was very different from what I have learned at school and that surprised me.I when to Kameya Hirokiyo the sweet shop to buy some sweets for a meeting. And I found some sweets associated with Mitsuhide there!In Keihoku, there is a ruin of Shuzan castle which is said to have been built by Mitsuhide.One more sweet associated with the castle, and the sweet called "Shiroyama"The package is designed with a song that is said to have been written about the ruins of the castle in the Meiji era.Actually, the owener of the sweet shop is a member of ruins of Shuzan Castle protecting group.Since the main character of the drama was chosen, some people traveled from Tokyo to Keihoku to see the ruin. And some people visit to the sweet shop.The castle remains untouched which is very rare for Mitsuhide, this is the only one left.And one more sweet. A sweet associated with buried gold.The story of Shogun Tokugawa buried gold is famous, but there is a legend of buried gold in Mitsuhide too.There used to be a team of researchers who were really exploring it.It's a legend, but it's full of romance.The buried gold sweets is a mixture of Japanese and Western style cookies with chocolate taste which you can enjoy the texture of the monaka skin(Traditional sweet).It's about time I reached the limit of my patience.What am I talking about?Actually, I'm writing a blog, so I have not eaten them yet.Thinking of Mitsuhide and Itadakimasu!
Get a energy from black garlic
Winter is getting closer day by day.I often get sick at the turn of the season.How do you overcome the temperature difference in this season and the busy time of December?I always take care of my meals, but I get sick sometimes. Then I ask myself, "HUH? did I catch a little cold?? What should I do?"My heart would answer me "Yo mate, you should get your hero. Before you get real sick. " Me"My hero??"My heart "Yes, your black hero." Me"Gatcha!"My black hero is black garlic "Kuromaro".The inside looks like this. It's completely black.Black garlic is fermented garlic and has several times more nutrients than garlic.It got a very unique taste. "Wow! This taste is definitely good for my body!" You would think so if you try.It tastes like fruity miso which has fermented for a long time with a unique sweetness.Is it a little hard to imagine?It's tasty for me anyway.The smell is different from garlic and it has a unique fermented smell.Some people like it but for some people not. It really depends on your taste. Even for someone don't like garlic, they may be okay with it. I like it very much and my daughter likes it very much too.I heard Michelin French restaurant serve this kinda black garlic.It could be a good combi with wine.You can buy them at Woody Keihoku, three-piece of black garlic for 1000 yen (Tax included).I'm not sure that three for 1000 yen is expensive or reasonable. But for me, it's a good price because I buy them instead of buying medicines or energy drinks.How about taking "Black garlic" as your household medicine?I highly recommend it.I can overcome this winter with black garlic!
Private kaiseki lunch at cuisine ryokan "Sushiyone"
Keihoku has supplied wood used for the construction of old capital Kyoto for 1200 years.There were no cars in those days, so people used Katsura river which flows from Keihoku to Kyoto to transport woods by making a raft.The raft was built with wood, and a rafter got on it and delivered it to Kyoto.Cuisine ryokan "Sushiyone" in Keihoku Shuzan was used by the rafters and locals. the other day, I was asked to make a brochure by Sushiyone so I went to photo shooting their kaiseki lunch box.When I arrived there and was preparing for the shooting, the Okami-san (landlady) Mrs. Shuko Kurokawa brought the lunch box and said.Okami-san "Please eat this after you finish shooting. If you like."Me "ARE YOU SURE!? Definitely I would love to! Thank you very much!"Umm, it looks so delicious.At first, enjoy it by looking at.I wanted to eat it asap, so I finish shooting quickly.(Don't take it seriously. I took the photos properly. lol)I enjoyed Kaiseki lunch box in the tea room prepared for shooting.Hmm, hmm!That was splendid.Having Kaiseki lunch alone in a quiet place was great.When I eat meals, I normally have it with family, or friends, or work-related people, so I can not really focus on meals too much chatting with them. But this time I could enjoy every bite more than usual and had a very pleasant meal.I had coffee at the veranda after the meal.I was healed by having sun.It was a delicious job. The Kaiseki lunch box costs from 3,000 yen (excluding tax) per person and can be reserved by the previous day.You can reserve it from one person.Of course, it is also a ryokan, so you can stay there.The one night plan with breakfast is very reasonable at 8200 yen (excluding tax).This is also available form one person.What a great hospitality.There is a bar attached to the ryokan called "Shu's bar" opens on Wed. Fri. Sta. Where you can drink local sake and obanzai(Kyoto cuisine) made by Okami-san.it's very reasonable price, one drink for 500 yen and 3 kinds of obanzai for 500 yen. I sometimes appear at shu's bar. See you there!(I've written an article about bars before, so please check here.)If you want to eat authentic kaiseki! Ofcourse they can serve seasonal kaiseki dishes according to your budget, so I recommend that too.Actually that their specialty.Wild boar hot pot is very nice for the coming season.How about traveling alone, or traveling with friends, or having party with everyone at Sushiyone?Okami-san will welcome you in her kimono.And one more thing,Okami-san is tea ceremony and kimono expert, so if you are interested in experiencing Japanese culture, please ask her out when you visit Sushiyone.-------Cuisine Ryokan "Sushiyone"Phone: 075-852-0032Shimogaichi 15-2, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyotohttp://www.sushiyone.net/
What to eat at Woody Keihoku
We had a late lunch break today. I was so hungry.So I ran into the restaurant of Woody Keihoku with another staff.Yes, they are looking yummy.I ordered the recommended dish " local grown taro Ankake(starchy sauce) set meal"!The main dish is taro potato croquette with a starchy sauce.It was very delicious! Another staff ordered the recommended duck loin set meal.Both of us stop talking and "HMMM! HMMM!" and "HMPH! HMPH!!".Talking with our nose (lol), we ate them up in a few minutes! The yummy time has flown by.It was really delicious.Why don't you come to try it?Please taste them as I did enjoy them.---Woody Keihoku https://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/