Mizumono (水物) - Kyokaiseki : step-9

Mizumono, meaning fruit, refer to dessert, a legacy from the times when fruit was served at the end of the meal. Kaiseki cuisine was originally seen as a way to satisfy one's hunger in preparation for the tea and principal...

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Gohan,Konomono,Tomewan (ごはん、香の物、止椀) - Kyokaiseki : step-8

Rice, pickles and soup are served. Some restaurants refer to this as shokuji. Kaisake pickles are somewhat analogous to the cheese of Western cuisine. Both are femented foods and served at the end of the meal.

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Shiizakana(強肴) - Kyo Kaiseki : step-7

Shiizakana is a fried, marinated or steamed dish. It supplements the mukozuke, futamono and yakimono, the three dishes in the traditional "three dishes, one soup" of Japanese cuisine.

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Suzakana(酢肴)--Kyo Kaiseki : Step-6

Suzakana is intended to freshen the plate before the shiizakana. The example here has a vinegar dressing, but other types of food are also sometimes served to balance out the meal.

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Yakimono(焼物)--Kyo Kaiseki : Step-5

This can be one of several grilled dishes. Grilled tofu with sweet miso sauce, grilled trout seasoned with sansho herbs and Kamo eggplant with sweet miso sauce are among the many possibilities. If they are served on the same plate...

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Futamono(蓋物)--Kyo-Kaiseki : Step-4

The futamono is a juicy dish containing simmered or steamed indredients. It is served in a bowl with a futa (lid). Some lids have beautiful pictures on the underside to surprise and impressed when lifted.

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Hanging Hina (つるし雛)

Hand made Hina for non rich persons

Every year on March 3rd (Girl's day), Japan celebrates the Doll Festival (Hina matsuri).  On this day every year, families set up a special step-altar on which to arrange their Emperor and Empress dolls, called "Hina" in Japanese.
However it is normally very gorgeous and cost very high.

Hanging hina was originated as cheap hina by using old kimono cloth and making by hand. Hanging it by code, it does not require the space for the arrangement and child can play by touching it.

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Mukozuke(向付)--Kyo-Kaiseki : Step-3

The word mukozuke, denotes a dish placed (tsuke) on the far side (muko) of the rice and soup.
In the past, broiled or steamed fish was usually served, but now a sashimi dish is more common.

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Hassun (八寸) --Kyo-Kaiseki : Step-2

The hassun is an appetizer made of ingredients from the sea or mountains. The word hassun comes from the size of the wooden serving platter. Just like the sakizuke, it provides a hint of the season to whet the appetite.

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Sakizuke (先付) --Kyo-Kaiseki : Step-1

The first dish served in Kyo-Kaiseki is called the sakizuke, a type of appetizer. Using ingredients representative of the season, it whets one's appetite for the dishes to come. Common examples are vegitables or fish marinated in vinegar or a...

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Kyo-Kaiseki (京懐石)

An exclusive meal of many delicacies. Kaiseki began as part of the tea ceremony, a light snack served before drinking tea. Later it blended with imperial court and shojin cuisines to become "Kyo kaisaki". Unlike the series of courses in...

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Kyo-yasai Choux (京野菜シュー)

Kyoto vegitables inside! This Japanese-style sweet in the form of a cream puff provides a new sensation, with the cream filling made from such seasonal Kyoto vegitables as mibuna, yamanoimo, Kyo takenoko and many more. These luxurious treats offer the...

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Japanese Ice Cream (和風アイス)

A Low-calorie, healthy sweet treat. Japanese ice cream is a delightful, delicate harmony between the traditional flavors of Japanese Western sweets. It draws out the natural sweetness of the ingredients without using too much sugar or cream, making this ice...

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Art Complex 1928 (アートコンプレックス1928)

Histric building new a magnet for artists This was once the Kyoto office of The Mainichi Newspapers. On the balconies and walls, the company logo with its star motif can still be seen. The building has a stylish design; in...

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Station Footbath (駅の足湯)

How about a trip to the footbath Arashiyama wasn't an onsen locate in the old days; it got a hot spring only in 2004: a footbath right inside Keifuku-Arashiyama Station! Before heading on to your next destination, why not relax...

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French Food (町家でフレンチ)

French cuisine combined with traditional Kyoto culture Once an o-chaya-san, this establishment has been reborn as a French restaurant. It looks like an old-fashioned machiya from the outside, but step in and you enter a different world, full of the...

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Kyocera (京セラ)

Pioneer Venture company from Kyoto Kyoce...

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Machiya Accomodation(町家ステイ)

Why not stay the night in one? Using machiya for their original purpose, as housing, is also becoming more popular. But actually living in one is much more inconvenient than you'd think, and in fact many are now being converted...

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Machiya (町家)

Machiya's nickname is "Eel beds". Machiya are traditional Kyoto residences. Their narrow street frantages and deep lots have given them the nickname  "eel beds". Distinguished by windows with black wooden lattices and minuscule gardens, they have been vanishing along with...

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Machiya Cafe (町家カフェ)

How about tea at a machiya cafe? Sitting on an antique sofa, sipping a cafe aulait. Wouldn't the former residents of the house be surprised to see that! While the lattice windows, postage-stamp gardens, tatami mats and other quintessential machiya...

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