Japan is a feast for all the senses, but this is a food blog so I will concentrate for the next several posts on the marvelous food that we experienced at restaurants, inns and the homes of ceramic artists in Kyoto, Tokyo and the countryside.
Before the tour got started, we spent a couple of days in Kyoto and Tokyo. Here we revisited some favorite places and food items.
In Kyoto we were regaled by the renowned artist Kondo Takahiro and his wife Hitomi, who is a wonderful cook. Kondo-san is the current head of a ceramics dynasty in Kyoto, and lives in the lovely home that has descended in the family.
|At home with (right to left) Kondo Takahiro, Kondo Hitomi and assistant|
|Kondo Hitomi's first course presentation|
|A selection of dishes served by Kondo Hitomi in Kondo family bowls|
|Mr. Yokota proudly showing off some tiny eggplant that he was serving|
. . . and I had a chance to get back to Hashigo, an unpretentious place in Ginza that happens to sell my favorite ramen in the world, spicy tan tan men, accompanied by perfect pickled daikon and rice.
|Hashigo ramen shop and its wonderful tan tan men with pickles and rice|