I’ve had this plant since moving to Fukuoka and it took me a while but I finally think I understand its light needs. It seems so happy right now (most of the plants are loving the sun and warmth in the apartment now) but it recently surprised me with a little shoot, stretching straight up. Seems like a good omen.
One of the popular early spring foods in Japan is takenoko, or bamboo shoots. So many of the produce stands have them now. I’ve made them a couple times, simmered with soy sauce and mirin. This adorable little rendering is from Rabbit Moon・兎月 and was just as fun to eat as it was to gaze at lovingly.
It’s almost cherry blossom season, many peoples favourite time in Japan. This will be my first sakura season in Fukuoka, and I’m so excited. It reminds me of my first year in Tokyo, running around all over the city trying to see all the beautiful places at once.
This mini hanami dango ・花見団子 is from Kichi Zoh・吉蔵 and is sakura, mugwort, and red bean flavoured. I can’t wait for more of this seasons sweets and flowers.
I got this super pretty cherry mochi with white bean paste from Minamoto Kitchoan・宗家 源吉兆庵 a little while ago and it felt right to eat it after a little walk around the neighborhood and seeing the plum blossoms start to open. A little shock of pink to brighten up a cloudy day!