|Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:48 AM|
During this time of year, almost every body in Japan will make time to view the cherry blossoms. The weather in Tokyo has been particularly kind to the cherries. The necessary cold spell came a few days before the cherries bloomed and once that spell passed, we've moved right into good spring weather. Not too windy. Not wet. Warm enough to allow the blooms to open slowly and surely. In Japan, cherry blossoms are known for their fragility and transient nature. The blooms last for about a week. Some of us think that life is like that: ephermeral. We might as well enjoy it while they last.
The cherry blossoms blanket the sky
People have picnics under the cherry trees.
I was in Myogadani with my sister Fuyuko. We went to Ikoan, an artisinal pastry shop that I blogged about last year. They make a pastry called "Mitarashi dango" during the flower viewing season. The tiny shop was crowded with people who came to buy the dango and Sakura Mochi (Pastries wrapped in pickled cherry leaves). The Sakura mochi was sold out.
Fuyuko takes a bite of the mitarashi dango
Mitarashi dango is made with rice flour. It is
served with a sweet soy sauce.
The shape of Mitarashi dango was inspired by droplets of water. These little balls are soft and chewy like mochi. What makes them special is the soy based sauce. It is traditional these rice balls during the flower viewing season.
I have to say, this was one of the best spring I have ever experienced.