On the way back from Ogawamachi, we stopped by at the town of Kawagoe. This was my first time there. Chiho san was my guide. The above architecture does look Japanese, but to me, it's western version of a Japanese architecture. It looks only a facade. Below, it's more authentic. What do you think? Do you see the difference?
Puffy Rice Crakers
I wanted to buy one and taste it, but it was too cumbersome to carry it home.
Yes, I regret it now.
An old couple were making sweets in the back of their store.
Chiho san asked them if we could taste one that they just made.
It was 100 yen each, white sweet bean cake. Chiho san ate one and kept saying, "so good!" I asked his permission to take a photo of them. He said yes, but his wife ran away. The cake was warm and sweet. Chiho san bought more.
This is long ofu which we put in miso soup or feed koi.
I think this is wild yamabuki. I'm familar with multiple petal yamabuki in golden yellow, but not this kind. It was a pleasant surprise. I love everything about it.
|a temple we passed by.|
We went into a liquor store because I wanted to buy sake lees. I asked Chiho san why she suddenly pulled out a white mask and wore it. I don't remember what she said?!
The sales woman assured us the above package was high quality.
I didn't know the difference between low and high quality of sake lees.
Below, they are local sake bottles.
We had this photo taken at Ogawacho earlier. We shared a dish of tempura because I cannot eat much oily dish.
Here, we had a cup of sweet sake lees drink after lunch.
This was very warm and sweet and made me happy, so I wanted to buy a bag of some sake lees on the way home. So, I did at Kawagoe as you've seen in one of above photos.
I came home and tried it.
Now I know what high quality means.
It has sake in it. Low quality has no alcohol. The first time, I put two table spoons of sake lees into my mug and added sugar. It made me very warm. I started to sweat. It also smelled sake which I didn't like. But it would be waste to throw away, so I drank it up. Next night, I put only one table spoon and sugar. It was just right. Now I love it. I look forward to drink one cup every night!