Double Watermelon Day

I love a double snack day, I love eating a snack that looks like another food I’m eating. It’s summer, it’s time to eat watermelon of all varieties. Fukuoka gets pretty hot, but I love the heat and taking my matcha set into the sun for a little break from work is hard to beat. In this pic you can catch a peek of the mountains in the background, a bunch of which I’ve gotten to hike.

This was a great day with great snacks (from 兎月・Rabbit Moon).

Raindrops

Another rainy day, but the sun came out eventually and I walked over to Kichi Zoh・吉蔵. There are the cutest little flowers crawling on the roof, and they were so bright after the rain. A wagashi shaped as a new leaf around coarse red bean paste・tsubu an・粒餡 with a little raindrop on top. This must be one of the first tsubu an sweets I’ve had from them, it was a pleasant surprise!

Post-Vacation Treats

This week has been the Golden Week holidays, a time when several national holidays fall closely together so most people get about a week off. A friend came to visit and we explored around outdoors as much as we could. Yesterday was really the first day back home so I had 2 little treats from Kichi Zoh. A beautiful purple iris namagashi and purple 団子・dango with red bean, white bean and purple sweet potato wrapped around soft mochi.

I got some really beautiful flowers that I cannot name at the florist. The blues and purples are a fun departure from my usual palette. Imagine my surprise coming home and finding I am growing raspberries! My giant branch is a raspberry bush! At the florist where I bought it, the shop owner told me the flowers would quickly wilt but the branch would last several months. She didn’t mention anything about bearing fruit! I can’t wait for my little harvest.