September 2021

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The taste of autumn is characterized by a wide variety of mushrooms, and matsutake mushrooms in particular have been a familiar food to the Japanese people since ancient times, as they are mentioned in the poems of the Man'yoshu, Japan's oldest anthology of Japanese poetry.

Widely known for its fragrance and resilient texture, the Tanba matsutake mushroom of Kyoto is harvested from late September to late October, and its flavor is representative of the arrival of autumn. Normally, the aroma of matsutake mushrooms fades with the passage of time after harvesting, but the aroma of Tanba matsutake mushrooms remains strong even after harvesting and cooking. The color of Tanba matsutake mushrooms does not change, and most of them are large in shape, so you can tell how delicious they are from their appearance as well.

The main production areas are Kyotanba Town (former Tanba Town), Funai County, Nantan City, Ayabe City, and Fukuchiyama City. In autumn, when it is in season, matsutake mushrooms are served at ryotei and kappo restaurants as "matsutake rice," "osumashi (soup with matsutake mushrooms)," and "sukiyaki." Try cooking thinly sliced matsutake mushrooms with rice and kombu soup stock at home using our cooking and eating utensils. Garnish with Japanese parsley to make it look even better.

Tojiki Tonya's Koiga Gohannabe
https://www.shokunin.com/en/tojikitonya/koiga.html
Seiryugama's Rice Bowl
https://www.shokunin.com/en/seiryu/chawan.html
Matsuya Shikkiten's Shirakinuri Lunch Box
https://www.shokunin.com/en/matsuya/

References
https://www.maff.go.jp/j/keikaku/syokubunka/k_ryouri/search_menu/menu/matsutakegohan_kyoto.html
https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/rinmu/14100028.html
https://ippin-gourmet.com/ippin-food/6838#i-5

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If you look up at the sky, there are clouds that are unique to the season, like the the altostratus clouds in spring and towering thunderclouds in summer.

The cirrocumulus clouds, often seen in autumn when typhoons and mobile cyclones approach, is a symbolic cloud of the season. The autumn sky, with its sparse and thin expanse of countless small clouds, is called "sardine clouds" in Japan because it looks like a school of sardines.

Sardine clouds, which make you feel spacious when you look up at them, are sometimes used as a seasonal word in haiku. Since the clouds are so thin that you can see the blue sky behind them, it is said to be a suitable seasonal word with a sense of loneliness.

Nowadays, vegetables and fruits can be eaten almost all year round, regardless of the season, thanks to the development of agricultural technology, preservation techniques, and distribution systems. With the spread of air conditioners, it has also become easier to cope with the heat and cold. In today's world where we are losing our sense of seasonality, clouds create a natural landscape that purely represents the four seasons.

Why don't you lie down on the bank of the river and watch the sardine clouds and feel the arrival of autumn? Speaking of clouds, be sure to try Maruyama Towel's cloud-soft and highly absorbent Kumogokochi Towel. When looking up at the summer clouds, please try Kuwana Imono's cloud-patterned Mosquito-Repelling Vessel as well.

Maruyama Towel's Kumogokochi Towel
https://www.shokunin.com/en/maruyama/towel.html
Kuwana Imono's Mosquito-Repelling Vessel (Kumo)
https://www.shokunin.com/en/kuwana/kayariki.html

References
https://www.discovernippon.jp/autumn/book/iwasi.html
http://haiku-kigo.com/article/134995109.html
https://www.mizu.gr.jp/kikanshi/no56/02.html

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Kyoto is said to be a treasure trove of coffee shops, but there is one that is unique and wonderful. Located near the Takasegawa River in Kyoto, "Tea Room Soiree" is a long-established coffee shop established in 1948.

The interior of the restaurant is characterized by fantastic blue lighting and beautiful paintings by Seiji Togo, creating a tasteful and extraordinary atmosphere. You can feel the French countryside landscape with the sculptures of Bacchus, the god of bread and wine, and the grapes on the ornaments and curtains in the space that is still in its original state since its establishment.

If you visit Soiree, you must try their signature dish, jelly punch. Clear, colorful cubes of jelly with different flavors float in the slightly sweet soda, reflecting the light and shining like jewels. We also recommend the nostalgic jelly coffee and jelly yogurt with a slightly gentle flavor. Please try the various menu that make the most of the fantastic jelly.

Spend some time reading, thinking, and relaxing in the fantastic, retro atmosphere created by the high ceiling blue lights, stained glass lamps illuminating the tables, numerous Western paintings, and delicate woodwork. Please consider bringing along our beautiful and functional sundries so that you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of Kyoto even more.

Tea Room Soiree
https://goo.gl/maps/GidrsjUbWkZd7xBf8
SyuRo's Long Wallet
https://www.shokunin.com/en/syuro/leather.html
Siwa's Pouch
https://www.shokunin.com/en/siwa/komono.html

References
http://www.soiree-kyoto.com/ 
https://macaro-ni.jp/30062
https://www.haconiwa-mag.com/life/2017/02/soware/