Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tan Tan Men of "Karaku"

Ramen noodle shop "Karaku" opened about one year ago near my house in Higashiyama. Their specialty is "tan tan men" which is ramen noodle in spicy broth.

The inside is decorated in modern style and mainly with wood.

For today's lunch, I ordered a set menu of "Tan tan men (medium size) and fried rice (small size)" which was 1,050 yen.

And the tan tan men was of course very tasty --- creamy and spicy broth, thinly sliced roast pork, lots of chopped spring onions, and perfect texture of noodles!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More cherry blossoms

The late blooming cherry tree by the Yasaka Pagoda is in full bloom now while the cherry blossom season is almost over in Kyoto.

And, the double-flowering cherry in the Yasaka Koshindo just began to bloom.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On the way home

Beautiful blue sky and full bloomed cherry blossom. I'm back in Kyoto now.

I bought a set of hamburger and French fries at "Kyoto Burger" and am on my way home.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cherry blossoms in my hometown

Cherry trees were ready to bloom when I came back to my hometown Shimane about two weeks ago. They are now almost full bloom.

My most favorite cherry trees are in Shinto shrine near my parents' house.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Rainy Day

It's raining all day in Shimane Prefecture today. I came home two weeks ago from Kyoto and this is the first rain.

No walking for my dog today; he hates to walk in the rain.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Spring Plant "Tsukushi"

These are Tsukushi (horsetails) along the footpath in rice fields of my hometown. Tsukushi is a sign of Spring, and it first sends up pinky-beige shoots, and then green fronds known as "sugina." This edible plant has survived for about 300 million years, it says.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Spring in my hometown Shimane

I'm back in my hometown Shimane. The weather has been really nice for the last few days, and flowers started to bloom in my mother's garden. Spring finally came!