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Archive for October, 2009

今年も床瀬にいきました! 「ふる里」でしんそば食べました! We went to Tokose again this year to eat Soba at my friend’s place, ’Furusato’.

It’s a four-hour drive from Kyoto. All that way, just to eat soba? Not only the soba… Read on and drool.

なすのわさび和え、そば茶 Eggplant pickled in wasabi, with Soba-cha tea.

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野菜の煮物 Slowly-simmered vegetable ‘nimono’.

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山女(やまめ)の塩焼き Charcoal-grilled and salted river fish, ‘yamame’ (the name means ‘mountain woman’).

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ゆうこちゃんが喜ぶ! Yuko-chan getting excited.

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やまめがもうそろそろ死んでいます The yamame are still alive… just.

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へへへ~!山女殺しやたちが深い反省を示さない No remorse for the yamame assassins, Sasha, Fumio and Yumiko.

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自家製こんやく Freshly-made ‘devils tongue’ with ‘yuzu’ citron sauce.

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鶏の「まつば」Mountain-chicken on the wishbone. It is called ‘matsuba’ as the bone shape resembles ‘matsu no ha’, pine-tree leaves.

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ゆうこちゃんが食べます!Yuko gets stuck in.

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なおみちゃんとTopherも Naomi and Toph too.

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ふみふみとゆみこさん Fumio and Yumiko.

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満願寺唐辛子、どんこ椎茸、やまめ Manganji green peppers, the best shiitake mushrooms and yamame.

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山の幸が凄い It was quite a spread that the mountain had laid on (with some assistance from my friend Taniguchi-san).

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「ふる里」の床瀬そばだ Finally we turned to… Tokose Soba. Taniguchi-san made the buckwheat noodles freshly for us (as always). They were magnificent (as always).

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そばとやくみ、最高!Served with grated wasabi, yuzu citron and negi welsh onions. Perfect.

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Aaronと私は「7」ちゃんで行った。皆さんお疲れさまでした Aaron and I went up in the Seven. As you may well imagine, it was a lot of fun.

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Aaronが撮った写真はここでござんす Aaron’s far superior photos are, I have just realised, here: http://f.hatena.ne.jp/aaron/Toyooka/

やっぱ、山男が出ってきました Here is one of aaron’s photos of the Lesser-Spotted Tokose Mountain Baboon.. Notice the unusual hair-styling, and the wild bulging eyes that indicate that the wild creature is about to devour something.

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Some of the Pictures lying around my House 最近見家でつけった絵

バーン=ジョーンズ氏の作品ですね。

サー・エドワード・コーリー・バーン=ジョーンズ(Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1833年8月28日 – 1898年6月17日)は、イギリスの美術家。ラファエル前派と密接な関係を持つデザイナーで、ラファエル前派をイギリス画壇の主流に押し上げた。同時に、自身も数々の精巧で美しい芸術作品を作り上げた。

These are from a Christies’ auction catalogue, and are by Edward Burne-Jones, the pre-Raphaelite mate of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. He was also Rudyard Kipling’s uncle.

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%A8%E3%83%89%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%89%E3%83%BB%E3%83%90%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3%EF%BC%9D%E3%82%B8%E3%83%A7%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA

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The ‘woman carrying her pug’, and sitting under the bird-filled tree with him is the socialite Olive Maxse. Here is his rather more flattering portrait of her:

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Sash’s Home Cooking サシャの家庭料理 美味いぞ~!

Here she is her severest critic. Needless to say, she passed with flying colours.

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