Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flea Market Information

There are many famous flea markets in Kyoto such as Kobo-san at Toji Temple, Tenjin-san at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Tezukuri-ichi at Chion Temple, and so on. And I recently found out that there is a new addition. It's called Reizan Kannon flea market, and is located near Kodai-ji Temple in Gion. They hold the market on the 3rd of every month.

Season of "Sanma" fish

Sanma is a pacific saury/mackerel pike and a seasonal fish. It seems we are getting a good haul of sanma this year. I chose sanma for my lunch plate at Komachi Restaurant. It's a self-service restaurant and you can make your own plate. One of my favorite places!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Soholm Cafe @ Cocon Karasuma

I had lunch at Soholm Cafe (Cocon Karasuma 2F).

Lunch menu changes everyday, and today's menu was pasta with mushroom & tomato sauce (990 yen). They will give a large serving for those who think the portion is a bit too small, and it's free of charge!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Yasaka Kohshindo and Kon-nyaku

Yasaka Kohshindo in Gion is famous for three wise monkeys of "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil."

At this place, all night prayer is held 6 times a year (about every 60 days) and they serve kon-nyaku to visitors. It is said that if you face to the North and eat konnyaku quietly without saying anything, you can receive merits/benefits. Upcoming "all night prayer" is scheduled on September 12, which is tomorrow.

Konnyaku is a Japanese traditional jelly-like food made of konnyaku potato.

Event Information: Sake Fair

Cocon Karasuma in Shijo Karasuma is holding Fushimi Sake Fair until October 31. They set Sake Bar at the fair, where sake tasting (3 types) is popular (500 yen). Please enjoy Kyoto's Sake with sakana (=accompaniment to alcohol) that the Bar offers (approx. 500 yen per plate).