Gion festival

July 16

Tonight it is Yoiyama,which is the eve of the grand parade for gion festival.
My house is located around this festival,so I usually visit and see
Hoko and Yama floats after the dinner.

I ate this menu,I often eat Hamo and Ayu very much during Gion festival season.

・Grilled Ayu(fish) with Tadesu(smartweed and vineger sauce)

・Hamo-sushi(grilled pike conger fravored teriyaki)

・Hamo&cucumber salad dressed with sweeten sour sesame dressing)

I was walking around with my neighbors and felt the summer tradition in kyoto.

Tsuki Hoko(Tsuki means "Moon")

Koi yama(Koi means "Carp")

Kamakiri hoko(Kamakiri means"Mantis")

I had a great evening!


Summer Cooking in Kyoto

July is the month of the Gion Matsuri festival in Kyoto.
This festival has 1,200year's history.
The area around my house are starting to prepare the decorations
and special events and foods.

Recentely many summer ingredients are starting to show up
at the market. I am so excited!

Today I would like to introduce my favorite summer ingredeients and cooking.

Hamo(pike conger)

We have a custum to eat Hamo in Gion Matsuri festival(July) in Kyoto.
The best season are summer and autumn.
Hamo has many hard small bones so we need to cut them using
special heavy knife.This need high skill for cutting.

The popular cooking for Hamo are sashimi,broiled,teriyaki,sushi,tempura.


This elegant soup has a beautiful flavor using kombu&katsuobushi stock!
Hamo boiled with kuzu,Yuzu,Bainiku(pickled plum paste)

Junsai(water shield)

"Hamo to Kyuri no sunomono"

This salad is aslo one of my favorite.

Sliced cucumber,hamo,myoga(japanese summer ginger)

dressed with sour&sweet dressing


Kamonasu is a one of the famous Kyo-yasai(kyoto traditional vegetables) in summer.
This round giant eggplant has a beatiful purple color and is called"Queen of eggplant".
We can find it between May and August at the market in kyoto.


Kamonasu is a very good combination with oil.The skin becomes much more
vivid color by deep-frying in the oil.
2 different types of miso for topping,
which are Shiromiso(sweet type kyoto miso) andAkamiso(red type deep flavored miso).

Manganji tougarashi(Kyoto sweet pepper)

"Jako(dried young sardines)&Manganji Togarashi
( Kyoto sweet pepper) no Taitan"

June 30

Today is the day which we eat "Minazuki".

Minazuki is the name of this sweets but also it has the meaning "June".

So you can see this square Minazuki everywhere in June.

Especially June 30,we have a custom to eat this wishing for

we could spend good health in summer time.

I eat this after dinner as a dessert