Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Happy new year ! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu !
Eating italian " panforte " from Sienna in the japanese way, I like the yuzu ( cédrat ) and the almonds taste in it !
Ok this car fits well my scarf.. I take 2 of them lol !
Monday, December 18, 2006
Japanese or Chinese that is the question ! :)
Winter morning... pale white sky... I am making some chinese tea " Tie guan yin " ( autumn one ) friends just brought me back from Paris... I cut a pink camellia flower from one of my trees and some bamboo leaves... Camellia and Bamboo ( Tsubaki to Take ) are known as winter plants in Japan... And what a surprise, this tea I made in a little refined purple clay chinese teapot has the delicate flavours of camellia and jasmine... The bright white little " zhong " with plum design fits well the yellow liqueur... I liked it so much I put hot water twice in the teapot :)
At this time I feel how Japanese and Chinese way of tea are related... I feel the " wabi sabi " and the peace of mind...
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Mochi Mochi Mochi !
As you already may know... I like japanese sweets ! But is difficult to find them in France, especially outside from Paris.. Since i would like to offer some of them in our guest house " Takeyama Ryokan ", aside from the ones i cook on my own, i found a place to get some easily...
This time i took a little picture before eating them lol ! from right to left : pink one is " Sakura mochi " ( sticky rice with cherry aroma, stuffed with azuki beans and covered by a steamed cherry tree leaf ... my favourite one ! ), green one is " Yomogi daifuku " ( yomogi is the name for " artemisia vulgaris " plant good against tiredness, it is stuffed with azuki beans ), black one is " Kurogoma daifuku " ( black sesame powder over this mochi stuffed with azuki beans ).
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Un petit week-end culture :o)
She lived most of her life in the castle of Nohant and traveling in Europe, but tired of seeing too much people she bought a little house in Gargilesse to spend more peaceful time...
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Antique lacquer items !
There are various lacquer techniques in Japan, depends on the region they come from... Personally my favourite ones are " Wajima Nuri " ( red, black or green lacquer with designs made of gold ), " Kamakura Bori " ( wood is cut and then painted ) and " Negoro " ( used red lacquer over black )
I wanted to show here these 2 kinds from meiji/taisho period ( around 1900 ), i like them because it looks like " art nouveau ", one with " koi " carp design has even seashell parts to make fish eyes ;)
My favourite design as always " tsuru " cranes :
A wonderful old " Juubako " lunch box with golden flowers and butterflies :
Little red lacquer " andon " with seashells marks on the foot, i changed 110V electric system for french 220V because i liked its old atmosphere :)
Other old kimono tansu !
One with " kiri " kamon ( leaf of pawlonia tree bold design ) iron middle part in front of the opening doors, wood is unknown ( may be " keyaki " zelkova tree and " sugi " cypress ) :
For the moment i only bought furnitures to store clothes and useful stuff in the bedrooms...
It has typical drawers for kimono storing :
Thing i like about these old furnitures are iron parts and handles designs :
Also sometimes there are still items from old days attached to them like this antique little "hinamatsuri" ( girls day festival where dolls of prince and princess are displayed ) charm :
Flower design iron door knobs :
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Afterall this blog was about japanese traditional items and now that guest house building is over it is time to think about decorating it !
So i will show some of the items i want to display inside to give an idea of atmosphere i wanna create in the ryokan :)
First in a japanese traditional house you have the " shouji ", these wooden sliding doors are usually made of sugi ( a japanese cypress ) and used in various purposes : like making a window, separating a room, making closets or just for esthetic display... with japanese washi paper they let ligth pass threw with delicate shades...