Saturday, January 17, 2009
We've had dinner with Philippe Alliet and his wines. We've tasted 3 red wines, Shinon 1998, L'Huisserie 2005, and Coteau de Noire 2005. Personally, I especially liked L'Huisserie. I wanna try it again. He and his wife were kind persons. he wasn't talkative and his wife talked lots instead of him. Of course, He answered our question kindly. I had a wonderful dinner. By the way, The person who played the fool was my favorite wine shop owner. He got the left broken kneecap in the end of 2008 by an accident. but He seemed fine. He told me many nice wines. He has passion to introduce nice wines.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I've experienced "Ocha-kai"(tea ceremony) in the afternoon. The cousins of my friend have joined one of the schools of Japanese tea ceremony for years, and The father of one of them is a Hyougushi(frame-maker or paper mounter?). Hyougushi is an traditional artisan and they compose Furosaki, Byoubu(folding panel screens), Kakeziku(hanging scroll), Fusuma(sliding doors). Those things are used in the tea ceremony too. So They show us how to do that tea ceremony. She even told me how to brew the green tea(matcha). We ate Japanese sweets and sip the tea. I had a wonderful time, but I couldn't feel one's legs at the end because I sit by Seiza style(fold your legs under yourself) for minutes!
I've visited the Shimogamo shrine near the hotel. There were many people visiting. I don't know about Buddhist religion even though I'm a Japanese though, The atmosphere was nice. There were vivid colored Komainu(a pair of stone-carved guardian dogs), and the river for washing the hands before go into the shrine to purify.
You would think these photos are paintings. But They were fabrics called "Nishijin-Ori"(Nishijin textile). A relative of my friend have many those fabrics by some reasons. He is a Hyogu-shi. I've heard that there are less artisan who make this textile these days. The relative has exhibited them in a room in a small building, but he wanna use the room for other things. So He said he wanna sell them to someone who likes those kind of craft products. It's been several decades, so that they are kinda secondhand articles. He insisted they weren't art objects nor antique, little old craft products. but They may come to be a valuable craft after several decades, because there is the artisan decreasing.
The right photo were reverse side. All products were made like this by hands. I think It would take really long time to complete.
This is a traditional meal in the begging of the year. We call it "Osechi". I don't there is that kinda of traditional meal in the world though, It's kinda Turkey day? There are little different type of meal from prefecture to prefecture. In my family, We cook Ozoni(a soup with mochi) with katsuo bushi base(bonito). It a clear plain soup. In Kyoto, People cook the soup with shiro-miso. shiro-miso is white color and have little sweetness. They add satoimo, zouni-daikon(Japanese small thin radish) and round shaped mochi. Our family use chicken and rectangle shaped(cut) mochi. It was the first time to eat Kyoto version. and I loved it. some people never used to eat it if they don't live in Kyoto and Kansai area.