(Kyoto-13/Takeshigero-Kyoto State guest house)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food tour

夏の京都へ。8月限定で提供されている「朝茶膳」(朝粥御膳)が評判の「竹茂桜」を訪問。

To Kyoto in summer, and visited "Takeshigero" restaurant for "Asachazen" (Morning porridge set) which is offered only in August.

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庭に面した和室で。

Settled in a Japanese-style room facing the garden.

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まず冷煎茶。美味しいので出所を伺うと煎茶と抹茶は「竹村玉翠園」とのこと。

First, cold green tea.  Since it is so delicious, asked about their origin and heard that both Sencha and Matcha are from "Takemura Gyokusuien" tea store.
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最初の膳。梅酒、胡麻豆腐、3段重の碗。

First set.  Plum wine, sesame tofu and three-tiered bowl.

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1段目(左)は野菜の炊き合わせ、2段目(中)は賀茂茄子の田楽、3段目(右)は鱧ときゅうり酢の物。

The first tier (left) is boiled vegetables, the second tier (middle) is Kamo eggplant with Dengaku miso, and the third tier (right) is Hamo (pike conger) and cucumber in vinegar source.

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次の膳は、鮭の焼き物、鰻寿司、イチジクの胡麻ダレ、出汁巻、枝豆、酢蓮根。

The second dish is grilled salmon, river eel sushi, figs in sesame sauce, fried eggs in soup stock, edamame beans, and lotus root in vinegar source.

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そしてお粥と香の物。

青い小さな器は種ぬき梅干。

Porridge and pickles.  Seeded umeboshi (pickled plums) in the small blue bowl.
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うなぎの佃煮、梅あん、赤だしと共に頂く。

Eel boiled in soy source, plum source for porridge, and red miso soup.
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最後は水羊羹と抹茶。朝から盛り沢山の食事。

The last is Mizuyokan bean paste and Matcha.  A lot of meals in the morning.

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午後は京都御苑へ。今出川御門を通って...

In the afternoon, headed to Kyoto Gyoen National Park.  Through Imadegawa Gomon Gate...
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...京都迎賓館へ。

...To Kyoto State Guest House.
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迎賓館の正門。大型車が通れる大きさ。

The main gate of Kyoto State Guest House.  Large enough to pass large vehicles.
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G8外相会議が開催された夕陽の間。

Yuhinoma Room (sun set room) was used at the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
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どこの部屋からも鑑賞できる中庭の池。

A courtyard pond that can be viewed from all rooms of the house.
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G20にて利用されたという藤の間。藤の花言葉は「歓迎」。床に敷かれた絨毯(緞通)にも藤の花が舞い散った模様が描かれ、華やかに客人を迎える。

Fujinoma Room (wisteria room) that was used in G20 summit.  The flower language of wisteria is "welcome".  Wisteria flowers are also scattered on the carpet laid on the floor to welcome the guests brilliantly.
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夕陽が差し込む時間。障子の上方に映る、ゆらゆらとした水面のさざめきが大変素晴らしく、魅入ってしまう。限られた夕方の時間と天候にしか見られないらしい。

The time of the setting sun lights.  The reflections from ripples on the water surface to the shoji screen are wonderful and fascinating.  They can be seen only in the limited evening time on sunny days.
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和の会食が行われる桐の間。12メートルある座卓と座椅子は漆黒の漆塗りで、職人技で美しく磨き上げられ、静かな光沢を放つ。専属の料理スタッフはおらず、京都の料亭が交代で担当。

Kirinoma Room (paulownia room) where a formal Japanese dinner is served.  The 12-meter long table and wooden chairs are jet-black urushi lacquered and beautifully polished by craftsmanship, giving off a beautiful luster.  No dedicated cooking staff here, and the quality restaurants in Kyoto take turns in charge.
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中庭の池を渡る廊橋から。

View from the corridor bridge across the courtyard pond.
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歩くと錦鯉がたくさん集まってきて、華麗なる一族な気分を味わえる。このうち2尾の鯉が長いヒレを持つ。上皇様が品種改良したものとのこと。

A lot of Nishikigoi carps gather as walk, and can feel like a magnificent family.  Two of the carps have longer fins.  It is said that the Emperor improved the breed of them.
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京都仙洞御所の脇を通り境町御門を通って帰る。来て良かった。

Passing through Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace, returned through Sakaimachi Gomon Gate.
Glad to come here.
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