Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year Wish

New Year is coming soon. Japan is getting busy to get ready for the new year.
We would like our guests to experience Japanese new year and we serve a special new year's breakfast called osechi-ryori on January 1st.
Japanese people eat osechi-ryori in the morning on new year. This is our tradition.
About osechi-ryori
Here is the menu we serve:
Sweet black beans with gold leaf
Herring roe

Red and white fish paste
Sweet rolled omelette with fish paste
Dried sardines cooked in soy sauce
Qumquat glacé
Habutae silk rice cake
Chestnut Glacé
Herring rolled kelp
Grilled calm
Miso marinated grilled shrimp

Slices of dried cod
Simmered taro
Flore shaped carrot
Bamboo shoot
Ball-shaped dried wheat gluten
Snow pea

Grilled red sea bream
Flored shaped lotus root

Miso soup of rice cakes
(Rice cake, carrot, Japanese radish, taro, rape blossoms, dried bonito flakes)
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kakizome (chirography)

On January 2nd, Japanese people practice chirography. This is one of the New Year's Japanese Costumes called Kakizome. The calligrapher is going to come our ryokan and perform chirography. You can also try to practice chirography!

Next year, we are planning to hold kakizome on 3rd.

Date: January 3rd

Time: 10:10 am ~


We are looking forward to your participation!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tea Ceremony 2009

We are going to have Tea Ceremony next year as usual. We are planning to do it every Saturday in February from 14th.

Tea ceremony 2008 is below

Tea ceremoney in 2009 is currently planned
on Feburary 14th, 21th, 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21th and 28th

from 19:00 to 20:00.

*Please note that it might be changed.

Happy Holiday!

I guess many people have already decorated their houses for christmas.

Japan is not a Catholic country, so we don't really adore christmas and have a routine on christmas day. We don't have a custom like spending christmas time with family nor don't get together with relatives. What we do on christmas is having a party with friends or going for dinner with girlfriend or boyfriend.

Even though we are not a Catholic country, town or houses are decorated and christmas musics are been playing everywhere. It is just one of the big anual commercial events. This is not ironic meaning because I like christmas;)

We NISHIYAMA RYOKAN also decorated our ryokan a little bit.

A hand made small christmas tree and a little bear welcome you at the reception!

Happy Holiday♪

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Feel the Four Seasons

I can't believe this year is about to finish. How fast time passes.
Christmas is just around the corner and autumn is almost over.

I feel the four seasons everyday on the way to work. It is no bad even before work;)

NISHIYAMA RYOKAN has a beautiful garden and you can see different faces depending on the season.

Now, all leaves are changing their colors.

Look at these beautiful floating leaves!

When you come to NISHIYAMA RYOKAN, please enjoy diffrent scene in each season.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Bento is packed lunch in Japanese.

Japanese take bento to school, work and picnic for our lunch.

Although bento is readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops, train stations, and department stores but it is also common mother make bento at home for their kids or husband evey morning.

Japanese mother is trying to make bento cute and colorful for their kids and now some of Japanese mother make like this Bento for their kids

My mother could not make bento like this cute but if I take this to school I could not eat it because this is very cute !! I dont wanna destroy it.
when I was in Australia my Australian mother make sandwich for me for my lunch.
I heard Indian take curry for their lunch I am not sure this is ture or not. It is interesting to know what people eating for lunch

when you come to japan you can buy Bento and enjoy japanese Lunch .