This blog mainly introduces traditional Japanese things including seasonal events, flowers, confectionery, handicrafts, bunraku(Japanese puppet theater). Short introductions and links to all of my blog posts are shown on four calendar pages on sidebar.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Last week, I had lunch at a Japanese restaurant that a former classmate at Japanese confectionery making class works for.
Sashimi(刺身:sliced raw fish), Sunomono(酢の物:food in sweetened vinegar), assorted foods and a soup.
Goma-dofu(胡麻豆腐) is mixed with ground-up sesame seeds, kudzu starch and water and is molded. It doesn't contain soybeans.
She served us a confection named Hatsushimo(初霜: the first frost of the season) on a Japanese cedar plate with a wooden fork and a bowl of matcha tea. She usually makes confections for lunch.
We have the first frost of the season in Tokyo around mid-December.
These confections represent leaves killed by frost. Japanese confectionery portrays even a dead leaf or earth.