Some deliciousness from my last few days in beautiful Japan!!
After a wonderful 3 years it’s time to go home. The clock was working faster than usual so I was determined to enjoy as many yum times as I could!
Below was a set lunch in a beautiful old Japanese style house/restaurant. Kimchi dressed chicken (drowned in mayo) on a bed of salad accompanied with a kabocha salad, miso soup, fresh steamed rice and some tsukemono followed by a refreshing and revitalising yet slightly naughty ice coffee.
Regardless of the mayo overload the sugar and cream, the meal was a memorable one. Time spent with wonderful friends always justifies the excess calorie intake.
Next up are photos from my very first experience of a Japanese tea ceremony. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to enjoy such a cultural experience.
One thing about the ceremony, which surprised me the most, was the attention to the detail of every movement you make during the ceremony and the many meanings behind every process from the tools used, the decor which surrounds you, the clothes you should wear right down to the words you should speak.
Our ceremony was a more relaxed one. Hosted by Irino sensei, who has practised the art of the tea ceremony for over 30 years. She explained her every move in such finesse. Also, her modesty in her abilities only added to the charm of the experience.
It is believed that eating a small meal such as this before drinking the tea layers the stomach from the harsh properties in the tea and also aids in absorbing its powerful qualities.
Shortly after the meal, we were then ushered to a waiting area whilst Irino Sensei prepared the next part of the ceremony.
Below the ceremony is in process. Irino Sensei skipped many parts of the tea ceremony as it can take up to 5 or 6 hours to fully complete every step. I wont describe every detail, but if you are interest please take a look here. This website gives you a great insight into the traditional art form of the Japanese tea ceremony.
We enjoyed a thin macha in beautiful chawan (green tea cups). Thin macha is apparently better drunk during the summer, due to its light texture and taste.
And now for the last lunch. I couldn’t leave without spending one last afternoon in my favourite café. The lunch there never fails to please. From all the stresses of packing this café is my perfect place to relax. We didn’t have a car or bike, so we walked for 45mins in the 36 degree humid heat to get there. It was worth every minute and every cup of sweat which poured from us.
What followed was a sad farewell and a 53 hour Journey back to Scotland. Many long waits for busses, flights, connecting flights, delayed planes, planes missed, plastic plane food and numerous teas and cakes later, we are finally home. Here is how we celebrated,
Goats Cheeeeeeeeeese 🙂 Ohisashiburi!
Yummy succulent and melt in the mouth Scottish salmon…mmm…