A very good, longtime friend of mine took me to a very good Japanese style pub yesterday evening, saying it is too difficult for a woman to go there alone the first time. It obviously is a good place that serves tasty dishes at reasonable prices. For instance, as you can see the hors d’oeuvres on a plate, seasonal dishes cooked in the traditional way are served. However, I don’t think I can go there again if I am to go there alone.
Yesterday I wrote about delightful chocolate gift, a Western kind of sweets, from my friend. And today, this is about sakuramochi or a cherry flavored soft sweet rice cake, a Japanese kind of sweet stuff.
These are Chinese words for this sakuramochi, sponge cake and a contemporary haiku about the sweet.
I have been really happy to be blessed with many gifts from my friends these days. The pretty looking chocolates in the photo tasted a little bitter, in fact its name is “beautiful bitter taste” and somewhat stereoscopic.
We have experienced hints of spring’s warm air a number of times. Still actually, warm weather doesn’t seem to arrive soon. In fact, I was surprised or even shocked to see a fair amout of snow when getting up this morning.
Today falls on Setsubun, the day before the beginning of spring and at the same time, beginning of a new year. There is a long tradition or a custom that we playact throwing beans to the ogres (symbol of evil spirits) in order to chase away ill fortunes on the evening of this day.
One theory says “On this evening when years switch around, people entertain ogres that come to this world from the alien world through the crevice of “time” with feast (beans) and urge them to return to their world.”