We had snow third time in this season. It is cold everyday.
Sankurou was held in my town last Saturday. Sankuro is local fire festival. Primary school children gather pine of New year’s decorations and builds a tower. Then, they set fire to it and grill Dango (sweet rice dumpling) and eat. That festival has been held since a long time ago in all over the Matsumoto area . That was the first time for my daughter.
My friends (a married couple) opened Cafe near Matsumoto Castle. They renovated old Ryokan drastically theirself for 6 months. In Japan,there is no culture of renovation, but will increase. “Share build” is receiving attention lately.
I put up the Christmas decoration in the entrance hall. I think these do not suit with my Japanese style house, but it’s fine with me because I get a feeling of Christmas!!
Tsukemono are Japanese-style pickles.Vegetables are pickled in salt, rise brain,miso or sake lees. We pickle a large quantity in the same container. We used vinegar and the soup stock for pickles. I seem to eat all the time during winter because we made it a lot.
Thank you fou coming our orchard and picking apples! マレーシアから素敵な団体さんがりんご狩りに来てくれました(#^^#)
We tried “mochi pounding” with our friends. It was so good!
Furosiki is a wrapping cloth made of silk, cotton or synthetics. It has fancy designs on it and can be folded small not in use. I wrapped a tissue box and a basket and wine in furoshikis that was in my house since long ago. Those are really cute！！
My friends came to pick Apples! They hesitated on which one to pick with. There are a lot of large ripe apples in our orchard!