Posts Tagged ‘plum’

Pastime in the rainy season

June 23, 2019

Chiho is busy with Umeshigoto for this year. Umeshigoto literally means Ume=plum and Shigoto = work in Japanese and it is a traditional seasonal event for Japanese people to make plum wine, plum juice or pickled plum in rainy season. Rainy season in Japanese is Tsuyu and it is 梅雨 in Kanji character. And 梅 means plum. So actually rainy season is plum season!

How to make plum wine? The ingredient is simple, fruits of plum, rock sugar and any distilled alcoholic liquor such as Shochu, vodka, brandy etc. (Percentage of alcohol is more than 35% is better to prevent from spoiling plum while keep them in the container for certain period.) Put them together in the jar If you go to local grocery shops in Japan in this time of the year, you will see lots of plum fruits are in store now.

We use plum from my parent’s garden in Kobe. So our plum wine is real home made one!

We need to wait for at least half a year, better for one year. Then the color becomes this beautiful color.

The red cap container is last year’s and it is ready for drink!

Do you want to try it? Why don’t you join our cooking class? Jiro’s cooking class by TGT is specially featuring “pairing” between Japanese food and alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, Sak or, of course plum wine. We will organize more classes after July. So please check Jiro’s cooking class Facebook page. In rainy season, we need to cancel many of our outdoor activities, so doing something like cooking is pastime in rainy season, too!

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Tsuyu …. Rainy season is not fun at all but…

June 12, 2014

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As you may already know, it is the middle of  rainy season in Japan. This year it has been raining a lot, Tokyo has the most rain in the last 1/4 century… Oh, just too much… we look outside of the window with the bitterness when we need to cancel the tour.

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Rainy season is called “Tsuyu (梅雨)” in Japanese, it literally means “plum rain”, and actually this is a season for Japanese plum fruit. You can easily find the light green or yellowish fruits on the trees in the gardens, shrines or temples even in Tokyo.

With these plum fruits, someone make plum jam, another make pickled plum (Umeboshi) or maybe plum juice. For us it is definitely, “Umeshu (梅酒)”!!  Umeshu, or plum wine is a Japanese liqueur made from steeping Ume into “Shochu” (Shochu is a kind of Japanese distilled beverage) and sugar. After three months or more maturing in the jar, it becomes very smooth and mild Umeshu, normally Umeshu contains about 10 % of alcohol.

On the other rainy day, we made TGCT home made Umeshu, we may be able to start tasting in this winter, so please come to our shop to try them before we finish them all by themselves :-p

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Hanami – Cherry blossom forecast in 2010 spring

January 31, 2010

“Hanami” literally means “flower viewing” in Japanese. Although it means mainly cherry blossom viewing nowadays, traditionally “flower” means plum flower. And ancient Japanese people are said to enjoy plum blossom viewing  and they wrote many poems about it.

This year the plum flower is blooming a bit earlier than usual, at many places on our bike tour we can enjoy its red and white flower.

Of course, today, cherry blossom viewing is more popular, we are really looking forward it. Recently one weather forecast company issued their cherry blossom forecast. They predict that cherry blossom will bloom on March 25th. in Tokyo. If you want to experience “bike ride & cherry blossom”, the last week of March to the first week of April is the best!!