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Signs of the Times サインタイム

Near to Kyoto Station. This shokudo canteen stood for years, but alas it’s now gone. 残念この建物もないです。京都駅周辺。

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In Yamashina 山科、京都。

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In rural Hyogo. 兵庫の田舎で。

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Lola Roller-Coaster! ぐるぐる猫だ!

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John’s Garden Quiz: Can You Guess What Is Growing in my Garden? Johnnobiの庭クイズ

The answers are below. 答えは下にあります

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A: Spring Spinach ほうれん草

B: Coriander コリアンダー

C: Kiwi Fruit キウイフルーツ

D: Lemon Verbena レモンバーベナ

E: Maple もみじ 青枝垂れ

F: Mexican Oregano メキシカン・オレガノ

G: Murasaki Shikibu 紫式部

H: Peppermint ペパーミント

I: Rosemary ローズマリー

J: Italian Parsley イタリアンパセリ

K: Balloon Flower ききょう

L: Sage セージ

M: Trefoil 三つ葉


Dell Orso Friends. And Fumio. コメディア・デル・オルソ Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.

ふみおとダニエラ aka 美女と野獣 D&D. Dobu and Daniela.

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みつるとふみお

なんか「タクシー・ドライバー」のロバートデニロ(左)とフィリピンヤクザ(右)のようであるでしょうか?

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’ Mitsuru ‘Travis’ Nakamura and Signor Doburoni ponder matters philosophical and artistic.

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ニノとダニエラ Nino and Daniela.

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サシャ La Mia Bella Sasha

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Se non è vero, è ben trovato


Recommended Ramen 7: Chuka Soba Asano あさの中華そば

Sasha and I drive down to Karahashi in Minami Ku just to eat at this place on Kujo-dori.Their Chahan fried rice is great too. 懐かしい味です、超美味しい! 中華そば600円お薦めである。ちゃはんもおいしいです。

Home-made garlic in shoyu, a by-product of their dashi stock making. You can put it into the Ramen, or eat it by itself. I did both. 

自家製醤油にんにくです。

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Chuka soba, not at all heavy, but with depth. あさり系中華そばです。

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Great noodles ‘al dente’. 歯応えのある麺。

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Sasha in action. she doesn’t like this picture but I think she looks cute. Sashaはかわいいでしょう!(本人はこの写真きらいみたいよ~)

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中華そば あさの

TEL 075-661-2490

住所 京都府京都市南区唐橋堂ノ前町49

営業時間 11:00~22:00

定休日 金曜日

Chuka Soba Asano

TEL 075-661-2490

Kyoto Shi, Minami Ku, Karahashi Donomae Cho 49

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

Closed Friday

Map is here: http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2606/A260604/26009069/dtlmap/


Caffe Dell’ Orso, The Best Italian caffe in Kyoto, Kansai and indeed possibly the whole Universe; the only Problem is… the Customers and Staff このイタリア風ナチュラルカッフェは最高です;残念ながらお客さんもスタッフもpsycho

熊を始めとする全ての毛深いアニマル、または種々の未開人よ、ようこそ!これぞ皆の居場所だ! Hairy animals and assorted barbarians welcome

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ユージュアル・サスペクツ 映画を見た人なら分かるはず。The Usual Suspects. 左から:ルーツはマレーシアペナン島その後世界放浪成れの果て;ウラヌス13;裏磐梯;天国;生き地獄 The bloke on the right did it, by the way. And then, he was gong. I mean blong. No, I mean gone…

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左は超シリアスなイギリス人客、右はちょっとおかしいタイ人スタッフでしょうか?バイト初日なのに。。

Uptight over-serious British customer on the left; bonkers Thai staff member on the right. Erm, well actually not. Ni-chan is a Thai staff member but she’s not bonkers. As far as we know.

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安全時間 The safest time to be in Dell’ Orso?

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左は日本人料理人、右はイタリアのマフィア親分でしょうか?(本当に最近来たお客さんでステファノを日本人と、(これで3回目らしい)サシャをイタリア人と思った人がいたらしい) Japanese chef on left; Italian mafioso on right.

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Yum-yum!

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Yum-yum-yum!

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Actually, it is fantastic. Check out the Ranmaru master’s blog: http://ranmaru3.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2009/02/post-c672.html

And that man knows his food. 実は素晴らしいお店ですと思う。らんまる師匠のブログの評論是非観て下さいませ

Ditto Michael Lambe’s ‘Deep Kyoto’ site:

http://www.deepkyoto.com/?tag=photography DEEP京都のマイケルさんのも


Recommended Ramen 6: Tengu’s Chuka Soba 天狗食堂の中華そば

天狗食堂

電話 非公開

京都府京都市左京区田中西大久保町

営業時間 10時~16時

定休日 火曜日

Tengu Shokudo in Moto-Tanaka, facing on to Higashioji-Dori (across from Didi’s) has to have the best value for money Chuka Soba in Kyoto. Just 450 yen, and it rocks. No matter how often I eat this, I never get bored of it. Sign of good work, methinks. 中華そば450円です。美味しくて超お買い得品だぞ~!何回も食べてもぜんぜん飽きません。天狗食堂の料理人はええ仕事するだんべ~!

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Fumio’s Mum’s Spinach Soup ふみお母ちゃんのほれんそうで作ったスープ

Tastes pretty fine! Seasoned with nutmeg. Oh, and with my own chicken stock.

美味しいだんべ~!奥の手はナツメグです。それと広島生産地鶏の鶏ガラスープ

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The Pho Shop’s Pho and the Pho Shop’s Kitten, Luang Prabang またJohnnobiの日記で麺類と猫…

Pho (ベトナム風うどん)バリバリ美味しいですよ!Ye Gods, it was good. And I couldn’t complain about the price, about 30 yen (which, by the way, is about 3 million bazillion lao kip).

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この子はばりばりかわいいでしたよ!”OK, so the surroundings ain’t palatial, but I ain’t got no complaints about the grub, ya know”.

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Monks at Dawn En Route for the Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. ルアンプラバン、ラオス、托鉢中のお坊さん達

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おやつアタッ~ク! Take No Prisoners!

Cats needs snacks too, you know. Also behind Khaosan Road.

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タイの宗教的な図像も面白いですね! Bluefish Elephantfish

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Who would have thought elephants could swim like this?

In Bangkok, in one of the alleyways that runs parallel with Khaosan Road. I have photographed this wall a number of times over the years, watching it slowly change.

Alas not all the change has been for the better. The scrawled graffiti on the photo below means ‘the Great Japanese’…

Not Japan’s finest moment, I feel.

私は何年前からこの壁の写真を撮っています。だんだん壁がかわりました。残念、あまり良くないかわることもありました。☹ 自分も日本永住しますので、ちょっと恥ずかしいです。下写真参照。

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Fushimi Inari ダルマ達と狐

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Daruma awaiting eyeballs.目玉まち。

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This fox slips out at might to play.かごの白狐。


Drinking Sake in the Paddy Field where the Rice for the Sake was Grown 田んぼで一人の聞き酒会

大阪府、能勢の地酒「秋鹿」です。This was in Nose, Osaka Prefecture, at the Akishika brewery. Great sake.

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At Korai in Takano 幸来

An unassuming little place on Ohara-Michi. I had the Akamiso Ramen.

赤みそラーメンと野菜炒め

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Sasha opted for the Chahan and Yasai-itame.

Sashaとちゃーはん

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Spring Has Sprung in Our Little Part of Kyoto 春がやっときました、入江町に

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中華そば上@更科 Sarashina’s Chuka Soba Jo

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Alas the soup was not up to full strength today. Usually it’s excellent tho’.


Birkin 7 in Hokkaido バーキンタイム

This is what I do in my spare time. When I am not eating noodles.

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室町砂場 日本橋本店 Lunch Earlier This Week @ ’The Sandpit’ in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Sunaba was the first Soba shop to serve tempura soba, apparently. Before them, the buckwheat noodles and the tempura were served separately. The Sunaba ‘tsuyu’ sauce is unusually smoky and strong. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it personally.

砂場は天婦羅そばの発明所です。このつゆは凄く濃いです。関東のあじでしょう。

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http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g212300/

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Dashimaki is pretty damn good too.


Recommended Ramen 5 The Best Ramen in the World? 世界一激美味らーめん 西浅草の来集軒

My favourite, in Nishi Asakusa, Tokyo. Raishuken. 懐かしいの味です。ちじり麺最高!

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http://www.raisyuken.co.jp/ramen%20gazou.html


Recommended Ramen 4 京平さんの博多らーめん Eating Hakata Ramen at Kyohei

これも美味しいだんべ~!My friend Yuko said that I look like a cat eating a mouse. 猫が獲物をたべる顔ですて!

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ソムタムの作り方 Making Green Papaya Salad in My Kitchen

ソムタムはラオスやタイで食べられる青いパパイヤを使ったサラダ。二週間前私はラオス旅でほとんど毎日ソムタムを食べました。

それで先週に偶然で友達にいっぱいグリーンパパヤ貰った。

今日その懐かしい味自分の台所でもう一度見つかれました!

Two weeks ago during my trip to Laos I was eating Som Tam Green Papaya Salad almost every day. By chance, a friend sent some green papaya from southern Japan. Today I tried to recreate Som Tam in my kitchen. The results were pretty authentic. You might like to give it a try.

Ingredients:

3 large garlic cloves

7 Thai chilis (‘prik’)

1/3 cup of dried shrimp

4.5 tablespoons of fish sauce (I prefer Nuoc Mam Nhi)

4.5 tablespoons of brown sugar

The juice of 1 freshly squeezed lime (about 2 tablespoons)

1 peeled and shredded green papaya (mine measured about 6 cups)

6 small ripe tomatoes cut into wedges (or 1 can tomatoes. I used this as currently the tomatoes on sale in Japan are not as ripe and juicy as the recipe needs)

1 cup of boiled and sliced green beans

Half a cup of ground, roasted peanuts (optional)

Half a cup of raisins (optional)

Chopped coriander (to taste)

材料:

にんにくニンニクの 3片

タイチリ 7個

干しえび 1.3カップ

ナンプラー 4.5大さじ

砂糖 4.5大さじ

ライムジュース 3大さじ

グリーんパパヤ 6カップ

トマト 6個 (また、缶詰トマト 1缶)

すこしゆでたインゲン豆 1カップ

みじん切りにしたピーナツ 0.5カップ

レーズン 0.3カップ

香菜(シャンツァイ)好みで

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Peel the skin from the green papaya.

パパヤの皮をむいて

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Halve the papaya and remove the white seeds. They look kinda cool!

半分に切って、種を捨てるて

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Cut the papaya in thin strips lengthwise, and then, cutting across the grain, shred the papaya into long thin strips. It takes a bit of practise. Using a food processor is allowed you know, but I think this is more Thai-style. パパヤをみじん切りにして

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These are the main seasonings. Clockwise, from the top: dried shrimp, coriander, mouse-shit peppers (‘prik’), lime, green beans, garlic.

材料です:干しえび、香菜、タイチリ、ライム、インゲン豆、にんにく

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The sliced papaya looks something like this.

みじん切りのパパヤ

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Put the garlic, the chilis and the shrimp into a mortar and pestle, and pound into a paste. This involves elbow grease. I wouldn’t blame anyone for getting out the food processor.

干しえび、タイチリ、ライム、にんにくをすり鉢ですて。少し力がかかりますのでフードプロセッサでもOKでしょう?

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After a while, it looks something like this.

この感じになります

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FYI, this is my favourite fish sauce. It is from Vietnam from the island of Phu Cuoc (I’ve been to the factory, and I prefer this to the Vietnamese fish sauce made in Phan Thiet). It is Nuoc Mam Nhi, the most pricey, as it is the fish sauce equivalent of Premier Cru. In this recipe though Nan Pla, or even the Japanese Ishiru or Shottsuru work fine.

タイのナンプラー、ベトナムのヌックマム、または日本のしょっつる、いしるでもOKです。これは私達大好きのベトナム製ヌックマムニーです (ベトナム語で「ニー」=「一番搾り立て」)

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Now add the fish sauce, the sugar and the lime juice, and keep pounding. It should look something like this when you’ve finished.

ナンプラー、砂糖、ライムジュースもつり鉢煮入りてとすて

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Add the beans and tomatoes and the coriander to the papaya, and gently mix it all together to allow the flavours to intermingle. Like this.

インゲン豆、トマト、香菜もあわせて

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Serve in individual dishes or a large bowl, with the chopped peanuts as garnish. Voila! Som tam.

トッピングはピーナツとレーズン。はい、終わり。ソムタムです!

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The only problem now is what to do with the remaining five green papaya!

あああ!まだまだ残っている!


Pictures From The Exhibition

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A masked Kathakali dancer in Varkala, Kerala, South India.

インド、ケラーラ州、バーカラ市 カタカーリダンスのお祖父ちゃん。

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Couch girls at a flea-market in Iidabashi, Kyoto.This was many years before the emergence of Tim Burton, but the resemblance is striking.

東京ののみいちであった人形たち。ティム・バートンの知り合いでしょうか?

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My Sakura Tree 花が春咲きである

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The cherry tree in my garden has started to blossom. Early this year.

花見しましょうか?

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