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A traditional summer expression in the Higashiyama area of Kanazawa City is “shiman-rokusen” (Japanese for 46,000). On one particular day a year, everyone visiting the Kannon-in Buddhist Temple (July 9 on the old lunar calendar) receives 46,000 days of blessings. On the new calendar this year, the Day of 46,000 Blessings was August 19. I・・・
French fries were actually first created in Belgium. “Frites” (fries) are served with almost everything, and every neighborhood has several “friteries.” But if they were first cooked up in Belgium, why do we say “French” fries? The usual story is that when Americans got their first batch of fries, they thought the cook was French,・・・
Bistro Ryomon stands inconspicuously on a narrow street in the Higashiyama Chaya district. I had heard that the Bistro was serving squab this summer, so I went over to see. Squab are difficult to breed and are considered a specialty dish even in their native France. Chef Ryomon slowly grills the meat, drawing out the・・・
Sometimes I get the munchies late at night, or maybe I want a late night bite after going out for a drink. The Higashiyama and Kazue-machi neighborhoods are popular late night spots in Kanazawa, but if you want to eat something light, there aren’t that many places to choose from. That’s when the locals go・・・
The Kazue-machi area of Higashiyama has become a popular tourist destination, and it’s crowded on weekends. Canny Kanazawans have already noticed, and new cafes and guesthouse B&B’s have opened one after another. But even amid the latest money-making scramble, a few places go about their regular business, ignoring the first-time, last-time customers. It’s like the・・・
Many Katamachi restaurants are closed on Sundays. I recommend the Spanish restaurant, Arosu, and the okonomiyaki restaurant, Kona. Arosu’s owner-chef studied in the kitchens of Spain, and his restaurant’s character is not your usual Japanese restaurant. It’s a popular place that will entertain you not only with food but also with talk and performances. If・・・