Imoni is a traditional soup from North Eastern Japan that is made of Imo, or potatoes. Although there are many different kinds of potatoes we use in Japanese dishes, I usually use Sato-imo for this soup.
I put Nameko mushrooms in the Imoni soup this time.
Simmered Karei is also a popular home dish in Japan.
Fried Karei with lemon and salt is perfect for beer and Japanese sake. ^^
We have many kinds of hot pots in Japan, with the main ingredients ranging from all sorts of meat to seasonal fish. They are especially a delight for the cold winter seasons and go perfect with Japanese Sake.
One of the popular hot pots for the winter season is the Fugu Nabe, or Blowfish Hot Pot. There are many restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy fresh Fugu that are swimming in windowed water tanks right until you are served. You can also order fresh Fugu online and enjoy it at the comfort of your home! That is what we did this time.
As many of you might already know, Fugu is well known for being dangerous if you eat the wrong parts, especially the areas around the inner organs. So Fugu always must be processed, cleaned, and served by a certified professional. The Fugu we had delivered to our door is no exception, and the fish was already cleaned and cut into sashimi-like pieces. All you need to prepare is some vegetables, mushrooms, and Tofu to put in the Hot Pot.
The Fugu can also be eaten raw as Sashimi called “Tessa”, so with some Ponzu sauce (a blend of soy sauce and citrus juice), you can enjoy the unique texture and taste of the meat.
Even after enjoying all of the Fugu meat, nothing is over until you put in some cooked rice inside the broth and make a tasty porridge, the perfect Shime (or last dish of the day).
Make sure to enjoy many kinds of hot pots when you visit Japan!
I had another group of guests from Hong Kong this January. ^^
One of my guests came to Japan snowboading in Hokkaido. He want to be a good snowboader and visited Japan few times in a year! He have already spent few weeks in Hokkaido and came to Tokyo to meet his friends.
This time they tried some Japanese sake with my home-made dishes at my house. They were really interested in Japanese Sake. I’m so happy to know they really like sake. ^^
I served some Japanese sake from Aizu.
I made many dishes that go well with Japanese sake. When guests have something they cannot eat, I can arrange dishes with that in mind too.
I try to make home-made dishes using seasonal ingredients.
We spent about three hours at my house and it was a fun time.
The last event of December 2018 was a tour of Hagoita-ichi in Asakusa.
Hagoita(羽子板・はごいた) is a wooden raquet to play Hanetsuki(羽根つき). Hanetsuki is a traditional old style Japanese game like badminton of hitting a Hane (shuttlecock). Nowadays, we see traditionally decorated Hagoitas at Hagoitaichi in Asakusa.
There were some fun hagoitas with designs that have popular TV characters of this year on it. Many people came to watch these and were taking photos. ^^
It was a beautiful day and the Nakamise Street was already prepared for New Years.
This takes place every November on the day of the Rooster. This year, there were three days of the Rooster.
This year, the third Torinoichi festival took place on a Sunday, so along with my Italian friend, we went to look around the Asakusa area and went to the Otori shrime.
There were so many people there and it was very lively. I was so happy to see my friend smile after she got a small Kumade with an Okame (a traditional Japanese mask of a smiling woman), which was her favorite. ^^
We went to a small Izakaya along the nearby street and had a toast with beer. ^^