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Today I ate a bowl of ramen, a Chinese noodle, at Kamata. The ramen shop that I visited have a long waiting line in front of it all the time. It have only ten seats. And only one man is serving all guests.
But there was no waiting line and some empty seat when I walked though before it. I was lucky because a long waiting line had been made already when I finished eating.

What is special about their ramen. First is the taste, of cause. And second is their style, maybe. You can choose some options by free when you place order. They are a choice between harder noodle or softer noodle, more vegetable, adding oil to soup and adding garlic.
I chose a more vegetable and adding garlic. A amount of vegetable was huge, like a mount, so you cannot see the surface of soup (look picture!). It contains cabbage, beansprouts, and garlic.Raomen befor

I needed long time to see a surface of soup and some meet. But I enjoyed the meal.
Ramen after


If you visit the ramen shop, do not forget to return a bowl to counter, clean a table and say thanks after eating.
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Visiting Kyoto

Ujikintoki_and_Mikasa

I had been my parents' house between summer holidays from last Saturday to Tuesday. I usually visit Kyoto between I'm in my parents' house. So I visited Kyoto at 14th, Monday.
It was very hot day, about 36C degree on daytime. At first I visited Yasaka Shrine as usual. I visit this shrine every summer and winter. After praying my health I went to my favorite sweet shop.
It is a small shop that has a working area and 10 guest seats. I ate an Uji-Kintoki and a Mikasa (or Dora-yaki). Uji-kintoki is ice flakes with green tea syrup and ice cream and sweetened small red beans under ice. Mikasa is two 15 cm hotcake-like bans and sweetened red bean paste filling between them (see photo).
This shop proud sweetened small red bean filling and use it for their traditional cakes, Mikasa and Monaka so many people send orders by mail.
After tasting these sweet and getting cool I visited Kenninji Temple. This is the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and recently famous with the double dragon picture on ceiling which was gotten for its 800 years anniversary. And I had enjoyed very silent moment.
I had Kuzukiri with molasses, which is another famous traditional sweet in Kyoto, before getting train to my parents' house.

See you.
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EAT EEL ON COW DAY

GRILLED EEL ON RICE

Finally it got hot yesterday and today.
The highest temperature in a day was 32C on yesterday and 33C on today in Tokyo.
But humidity was very low. I thought it is like California.

We must get stamina on hot day. Then I ate grilled eel for lunch (see picture). Grilled eel on rice is popular and traditional meal on hot days in Japan.
And today is cow day. A cow, or oxen, is one of animal we count year, month, day, and hour by the old way. This tradition had come from China long time ago. There are twelve animals that we use for it. But I don't know what is it called in English.
There must be many kinds of Cow days. And people eat eel at one kind of Cow day in Japan. Then many restaurants prepared the grilled eel on rice today, even convenience stores sold a lot of grilled eel on rice lunch boxes.

Take care.
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