October 16, 2008

Kyoto beauty ^__^

This is a pic of garden in Manshuin Temple that well known as a Tendai Temple located in Kyoto. This has a major garden in "Karesansui" style which has rock, sand and grass in a garden. Beautiful combination. I love to see from inside temple framing with Japanese Fusuma doors at both side like a painting.

For seeking something sweet, found a place to have a green tea with powdered arrowrootcake with toasted soybean flour. In this tea shop has a hand operated equipment to grind black soybeans in the center of each table and had with it.
For dinner, visited Ponto-cho where is in the middle of Kyoto city, and well known as Japanese style bar crushed. Enjoyed drinking with Kyoto style "Obanzai": daily dish.

Encountered a narrow street, walked down and found a fancy place. I expected to taste them light, but not. Looks simple, but realized tasted well with good quality and stuff.

Started with roasted duck, boiled fish and gingko nut.

Closing with steamed mashroom in teapot.
In Kyoto, it is also well known as 'No entrance for Ichigen-san', which means traditional Japanese(Kyoto) style bar&resraunt reject let-in for those who are new or visit one-time only. I've heard that kind of manner is getting decreased due to disadvantaged business these days. So I've never felt being shut down, however, I felt something to be treated as 'Ichigen-san' by paying $160 for this dinner...


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