(Day 1 ) We are departing for Inchon on Asiana Airlines, seat is very comfortable with more leg room, video on demand. Very nice! (Day 2) Arrive in Inchon, good weather. Now we catch bus to Gimpo to fly to Busan, busy busy busy!! Finally long day ended with nice comfy bed in Novotel Ambossador Busan Hotel on Haeundae beach...Read More
“Hoshigaki”, also known as “korogaki” or “tsurushigaki”, which is made by dehydrating an astringent persimmon, is a kind of dried fruit tasting very sweet.
Hoshigaki is made not only in Japan but also in China, Korea and Taiwan. This is eaten as a preserved dessert in winter in Japan. On the other hand, the people in the other three countries make it mainly for a medicine or tea. This sweet is widely produced throughout Japan, especially in Gifu and Yamanashi Prefecture. Many hoshigaki dangling from the eaves of farmhouses are familiar rural scenery early in winter, as shown in the...Read More
“Shunpan-ro” in Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture is Japan’s first authorized “fugu” blowfish restaurant, and is also known as the place where the peace treaty with China after the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5 was concluded.
Shunpan-ro stands on a high point, commanding “Dan-no-ura” strait, the final naval battle site between the two biggest “samurai” families in the 12th century. This historic restaurant is the first “fugu ryoutei” blowfish restaurant that was authorized in 1888 thanks to then prime minister “Ito Hirofumi”. Fugu blowfish dishes had long been prohibited to be served at any restaurant...Read More
‘Arita-ware’ is a porcelain produced centering on Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, and is also called ‘Imari’ or ‘Ko-Imari’, since it was shipped from ‘Imari’, a port town near Arita.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in the 16th century, invaded Korea with the view of annexing the Korean Peninsula. The Nabeshima family, then feudal lord of present Saga Prefecture, took part in the invasion as one of the followers of Hideyoshi,captured Lee Sanpei, the greatest ceramist in Korea, and ordered him to produce white porcelains in Arita. This was Japan’s first white porcelains. From the 17th to the beginning...Read More