A light snowy morning in Kyoto. The Higashiyama and Hieizan mountains were covered in white snow. Kyoto Tower and the dramatic sky.
Went to "Kagaya", the Kanazawa cuisine restaurant.
The "Hanakago Bento (lunch box)". Sashimi, grilled fish, simmered fish, fried fish, and all other delicacies from the Japan Sea were delicious.
And then had "Jibu-ni", a local dish from Kanazawa. It is made by stewing duck meat and fu and served with wasabi. There are many explanations of the origin of the name, one of them is that it comes from the French cuisine of gibier. The ingredients are simmered in sweet and spicy soup stock, soy sauce, sugar, and sake, and the generous amount of wasabi is a perfect match. Kanazawa is called a small Kyoto.
Went to Shimogamo Shrine (Kamomioya Shrine), a world cultural heritage site. The afternoon was sunny and the sky was a beautiful blue.
Entrance to the Main hall of the shrine.
Next year's zodiac sign is "cow". At the Maidono hall.
Kawai Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Shimogamo Shrine. It is a shrine of beauty dedicated to Tamayorihime no Mikoto, the mother of Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor of Japan.
Toube-no-Yashiro is a subordinate shrine at Kawai Shrine. Yatagarasu-no-mikoto, the god of guidance, is enshrined here.
Had a small year-end party at the hotel.
The wines chosen were red and white. The white wine was LES DEUX ALBION BLANC from the French Rhone. Seems one of the top producers in the Gigondas winery on the left bank. It is a blend of Viognier, Picpoul and Marsanne from their own vineyards. The wine had a rich aroma of Viognier and bread, and on the palate, fruitiness and fresh acidity. The reason of loving Rhone whites is because of this plump body and the balance of acidity.
赤は、豪Red Bridge Shiraz/Viognier 2017。葡萄品種は、シラーズとヴィオニエ。オーストラリア最古の家族経営ワイナリー「ヤルンバ」の兄弟会社が日本のレストラン向けに開発したワインだそう。黒系果実の香りに、シラーズ特有のスパイシーな香り。タンニンはスムースでミディアムボディ。調和型のワイン。
The red wine was Red Bridge Shiraz/Viognier 2017 from Austria, made from Shiraz and Viognier grape varieties. It is a wine developed for Japanese restaurants by the brother company of Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery. The wine had an aroma of black fruits with a spicy note characteristic of Shiraz. The tannins were smooth and medium-bodied. A harmonious wine.
Both wines were good so asked another ones.
Today was the end of the year, New Year's Eve. Tomorrow would be the year 2021. Hope it would be a happy and blessed year.
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