- 寒天パウダー 2g
- 桃のシロップ 200ml
We use various woods in our bracelets that are a staple of traditional Japanese Juzu making:
Known in the west as red sandalwood or indian rosewood, it has a very fragrant and dense grain with a deep red hue. It has been used for centuries to make fine cabinetry, buddhist statues and jewelery in China and Japan. It’s hardness and inherent flavor makes it a favorite for use in Juzu as holding it against skin gives it a deep lustre without damaging it.
Also known as green sandalwood, it has similar properties to Shitan, also with a strong fragrance, but with a green hue.
The most well known in the west, ebony. With a very dark and almost black hue, it is also denser and heavier than the previous two woods. It is often used in soroban (abacus) and heftier juzu bracelets as it is more shock resistant.
We made the jam Kawachi-bankan. This is a Japanese grapefruit, it’s very big size, so I cannot hold it in one hand.
Taste is very good ? but quite different from the standard grapefruit, much more mellow. They are pesticide-free, so we can eat everything, even the skin ?
If you like the spicy taste, you can add ginger too. Add a spoonful in a glass of carbonated water to make your original ginger ale.
We’ve been hard at work designing an extension to our line of precious stone bracelets and they are now live in the shop.
Inspired by traditional 数珠 (juzu) buddhist prayer beads or meditation bracelets but with a modern everyday look. We’ve added two new 3-loops bracelets which combine precious stones and precious woods for a nice contrast on your wrist and a slightly lighter wear:
We also added single loop versions with all stones and a single larger bead of wood which are perfect for a lower key look.
Of course, these are all handmade by our partner artisans in their workshop in Kyoto, Japan and are available in various sizes from XS to L.
A beautiful sunny Friday outing to see the ginkgo trees (イチョウ) in Aoyama Jingu Gaien park (神宮外苑)
It’s a 300 meter long avenue planted with tall ginkgo trees on both side, leading to the imposing Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery building at the end.
During the second part of November, when the leaves turn a bright gold color, the avenue is closed to cars to let visitors walk freely. Many events, such as beer gardens, are also organized during that time.
We decided to skip the beers and crowds and go to a new spot a few minutes walk south of there, closer to the Aoyama cemetery (青山霊園), called SHARE GREEN AOYAMA.
A wide green grass area surrounded by a good coffee roastery, a flower and plants shop and plenty of tables and chairs for lounging in the sun.
Back to our trip to Gifu prefecture last month, I’d like to present you a little excursion to the Gifu Castle (岐阜城) in Gifu city.
In the middle of the city there is a small mountain called mount Kinka (金華山) and the castle was first built in the 16th century at the very top.
At night it is illuminated and seems to float in the heavens above the city.
There is a ropeway to get to the top of the mountain although hiking seems to also be a popular activity. When we were there the trees had just started taking their autumn colors.
As you climb the last few meters from the ropeway station, you are presented with beautiful views of this white and gold castle. We were very surprised that it is actually much smaller than it looks from the city. What magic is that?
As an additional treat, right outside the ropeway station is Risu-mura (リス村 – squirrel village), a small attraction where you can pay 200 yen and spend as much time as you like feeding dozens of Japanese forest squirrels while taking as many photos, videos and selfies as you like!
That was a lot of fun!