Sunday, November 29, 2009

Carpet of falling leaves

I drove today. Trees are so nice.

I like this season because leaves in trees turns red or yellow. And falling leaves (落葉) are like carpet on the roads.

Maple (Momiji もみじ or かえで) in Japan is very beautiful and one of symbolic trees in autumn.

There are a lot of deciduous trees in Japan. Japanese people enjoy seeing beautiful scenery of Momiji. It calls it "Momiji Gari" もみじ狩り”.

I went to Kyoto about few years ago in Autumn. I enjoyed seeing Momiji or colorful leaves there. Especially falling leaves of Momiji in Toufukuji (東福寺), one of famous temples for beautiful scenery, was amazing ! Momiji was just like picturesque red carpet.

We can see cherry blossomes in spring and Momiji or other colorful leaves in autumn.    

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Udon うどん - Japanese Noodle

Autumn season comes. It gets colder. What do you eat when you catch a cold in your country?

I catch a cold now. What do I want to eat? I want to simple Udon, based on dashi(stock) and soy sauce soup. Udon is a one of Japanese hot noodle. There are a lot of kinds and regional varieties. When I don't want to eat much because of illness, Udon is the best food for me. Because it is not oily and easy to eat.

I think Japanese people like noodles. Other noodle, Soba is very special Japanese noodle. We can eat it like hot Udon. However, it is cold noodle (Zaru soba) and we eat putting the noodle in special dashi soup. Zaru is a Japanese bamboo basket and Zaru soba is put on soba noodle on the basket.

When you eat noodles in Japan, it is OK to suck and make a noise. It is not bad manner. The noise sounds delicious for Japanese people. If you visit Japan, I recommend to eat some Japanese noodles. They are so delicious and Japanese particular food culture.