Cooking On-Site: Dashi Cooking On-Site: Dashi

Muromachi Wakuden

2019.07.11

Cooking On-Site: Dashi

Cooking On-Site: Dashi

It’s that time of year when the mountains turn deep shades of green.
In Kyoto, on a day with no rainy season in sight, we held a cooking event centered on dashi, or soup stock.
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It’s that time of year when the mountains turn deep shades of green.
In Kyoto, on a day with no rainy season in sight, we held a cooking event centered on dashi, or soup stock.
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A Seed’s Many Blessings A Seed’s Many Blessings

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Essays by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

2019.07.06

A Seed’s Many Blessings

A Seed’s Many Blessings

High in the hills of the Tango Peninsula, the birthplace of Wakuden, terraced paddies climb as far as the mountainous landscape will allow. In a large forest above them wild boars and deer roam and a waterfall feeds cold, clear water into the stream that floods these fields.Hundreds of tadpoles skitter about in the shallow water under a high July sky.
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High in the hills of the Tango Peninsula, the birthplace of Wakuden, terraced paddies climb as far as the mountainous landscape will allow. In a large forest above them wild boars and deer roam and a waterfall feeds cold, clear water into the stream that floods these fields.Hundreds of tadpoles skitter about in the shallow water under a high July sky.
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July July

Kyoto Wakuden

2019.07.03

July

July

July in Kyoto means the Gion Festival of Yasaka Shrine. Spectacular floats color the neighborhoods once more, and shrine activity reaches a fever pitch. When local people hear the distinctive “konkonchikichin” sounds of festival music, they know the rainy season is ending and it’s time to prepare for the intense summer heat. In honor of Gion Festival’s nickname, the “Conger Eel Festival” (Hamo Matsuri), our course at Kyoto Wakuden features such dishes as hamo sushi and stewed gourd served cold.
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July in Kyoto means the Gion Festival of Yasaka Shrine. Spectacular floats color the neighborhoods once more, and shrine activity reaches a fever pitch. When local people hear the distinctive “konkonchikichin” sounds of festival music, they know the rainy season is ending and it’s time to prepare for the intense summer heat. In honor of Gion Festival’s nickname, the “Conger Eel Festival” (Hamo Matsuri), our course at Kyoto Wakuden features such dishes as hamo sushi and stewed gourd served cold.
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Chinowa Chinowa

Wakuden

2019.06.18

Chinowa

Chinowa

June rites of purification. When the heat of summer commences, causing the mind and body to tire and energy to wane, impurities can more easily set in. In former times, people sought to rid themselves of impurities by bathing in rivers and restore their energy by passing through chinowa (Grass Ring) and eating ripe melons.
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June rites of purification. When the heat of summer commences, causing the mind and body to tire and energy to wane, impurities can more easily set in. In former times, people sought to rid themselves of impurities by bathing in rivers and restore their energy by passing through chinowa (Grass Ring) and eating ripe melons.
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Some Sweet Relief Some Sweet Relief

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Essays by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

2019.06.11

Some Sweet Relief

Some Sweet Relief

Relentless summer has returned. It’s a season we know well, but despite the anticipation, the sense of knowing what’s to come, we experience it with fresh intensity each year. Outside we are met with sweltering heat, with oppressive humidity, with a constant drone of cicadas that beats from within the thick air. Energy wanes and the spirit wilts.
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Relentless summer has returned. It’s a season we know well, but despite the anticipation, the sense of knowing what’s to come, we experience it with fresh intensity each year. Outside we are met with sweltering heat, with oppressive humidity, with a constant drone of cicadas that beats from within the thick air. Energy wanes and the spirit wilts.
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Rice Planting Rice Planting

Wakuden

2019.06.07

Rice Planting

Rice Planting

May 16, a day of fine weather, marked the tenth planting on Wakuden’s rice fields. A group of about 100 people, which included customers, staff, and various other people affiliated with Wakuden, departed from Kyoto that morning, bound for the mountain-wrapped terraces of rice fields in Kyōtango Ichinono.
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May 16, a day of fine weather, marked the tenth planting on Wakuden’s rice fields. A group of about 100 people, which included customers, staff, and various other people affiliated with Wakuden, departed from Kyoto that morning, bound for the mountain-wrapped terraces of rice fields in Kyōtango Ichinono.
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