Manhole Monday: Ginzan Onsen/Obanazawa

One of the best things about summertime in Japan is the fruit. Big (and I mean BIG) juicy peaches, tart cherries, and the abundance of melons of all varieties. Watermelons are a big product in Ueki, a small town near my former home of Kumamoto, but the town of Obanazawa in Yamagata Prefecture is also... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Ume (Plum)

Late May to early June, Japanese grocery stores set up displays in the front of their stores with these little green fruits, rock sugar, shochu alcohol and large glass jars. It may seems like an odd mixture of supplies but these are the essential ingredients for making umeshu, a plum liquor, and other plum items.... Continue Reading →

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