Konjac restaurant in Yamagata

I went to Yamagata by the Shinkansen(bullet train).

There is a konjac(devil’s-tongue plant) dish used as a  course in a traditional Japanese meal in Yamaga prefecture.
This is the entrance to the restaurant I went to.

These are the konjac dishes that I ate.

All the dishes use konjac root which looks like this.

I was amazed that all the dishes could be made from this root.

Even a pudding.

Konjac is very healthy and has low calories.

The view from the restaurant was beautiful because it had snowed.

The restaurant was decorated for new year.

They have an Irori(traditional open fire for cooking).

We enjoyed eating konjac dango which is soul food in Yamagata.

Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum

There is a Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum near the river Sumiyoshi in Kobe.

The Entrance

I could see this sign by the entrance.

The calligraphy is impressive.

The Museum’s derector told me that the calligraphy was written by Mr Gochiku Nakabayashi. He wrote it when he was 77 years old.

Mr Gochiku Nakabayashi is a founder of modern Japanese calligraphy the same as Mr Meikaku Kusakabe who started my family of calligraphy.

In the museum we can see many materials to make Sake(Japanese rice wine).

Also we can see interesting things.

There is the souvenir shop.

And You CAN try the Sake on free!

I reccomend a visit there.


Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

There is the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum near Shin-Kobe station.

Here is the only museum of carpentry tools in Japan.

We can see the Japanese Capenter’s uniform too.

We can try fitting the parts.

I saw a big wooden model.

It is a model of the interlocking brackets of Toshodaiji Temple’s Kondo.

I recommend that you visit before going to Kyoto and Nara.
It is very close to the Shinkansen Station, so you can visit easily.

Also I enjoyed to see different types of wood.

Carpenter’s workshop.

Carpenter’s examples.

They orgnised a special exhibition.

Confectionery Utensils
The History of Sweets Enjoyed Through Molds

Here are some from in the U.K.

The Museum is very modern.

But I felt it had a Japanese traditional atmosphere.

I think everybody would enjoy visiting the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.