News Letter

News Letter

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

nO 65

Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan. This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.65 .Here in Japan, 'matsutake' season has come. 'Matsutake' ( bell-end ) is very popular here in Japan, and in this season people enjoy matsutake. My English teacher Chris is from England, and he let us know that people in Europe like mushrooms very much, and enjoy gathering mushrooms. We have a 90 minutes lesson every week, and freely talk each other. It is quite a long time, and we talked about various themes - kimono , travel, what is United Kingdom, book, stock market, retail, metro, football and so on. At previous lesson he showed me a book about mushrooms and cooking, and talked about only mushrooms for 90 minutes. I COMPLETELY understood how people in Europe love mushrooms and how fun to gather them in the wood with identifying poisonous mushrooms. I imagine it must be fantastic experience to going deep into the wood of Europe to looking for delicious mushrooms. Same as the most valuable mushrooms in Europe, matsutake is very expensive. Recent news says it costs 6500yen ( approx $60 ) for 2 matsutake ( one is approx 4.7in-12cm). is also matsutake selling site. They are selling domestic matsutake at 21000yen for 110g ! especially like the aroma of matsutake. Nowadays many matsutake are imported from mainly China and Korea, and its prices are cheaper by far compared with domestic matsutake. But imported matsutake are considered not to have enough aroma.
Ordinary matsutake cooking are grill, 'dobinmushi' and matsutake rice. ( Saliva in my mouth! I have not eaten matsutake yet this year! ) Simple way is grill matsutake, and eat with soy or ponzu sauce while it is hot. It is simple, but very gorgeous eating way to taste natural matsutake. Dobinmushi is more sophisticated and traditional cooking. Boil sliced matsutake with shrimp, ginkgo nut and honewort in fume. Special dish serving dish is used for dobinmushi. Here is the photos of dobinmushi dishes. is put on the fire directly, and with small cup we taste the delicate juice and its aroma. If you got a classy Japanese restaurant, dobinmushi must be served in this season. But anyway domestic matsutake is very expensive, and we can not enjoy it ordinarily. When I became a buyer of Japanese table ware division, I had never eaten dobinmushi. I was laughed by my staffs to hear 'What is this unique dish for?' My mother sometimes made matsutake rice and matsutake juice at its season, but our family always laughed ' Where is matsutake in this rice? Did you really put mastutake into the rice?' or ' Why did you slice matsutake so thin?'. And always mother answered ' Matsutake is for enjoying its aroma, not to be eaten much!'. And father added how expensive matsutake was. It is little bit shorter than 90 minutes' Chris san story, but I had better stop here about matsutake. Chris san's story is very fun, because mushroom has same great charm in the many places in the world. He looked so pride when he spoke he knew the special place he could gather lots of delicious mushrooms in short time. If you have a chance to go to Japanese restaurant soon, please try dobinmushi.
Two days before I attended a famous auction in Tokyo. I had to leave home very early morning, and at returned road by Shinkansen bullet train I couldn't take reserved seats, and I had to sit down in the aisle. I got little bit tired, but we got many valuable items there. Please look forward items from Tokyo, which will be listed this week.
Today we have listed some fabulous haori, child kimono, kasuri cotton and silk bolt. We are very happy if you could check them.Thank you again for reading to the end. We wish you a nice autumn wether in your place. Thank you again!
Ichiro & Yuka WadaKimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
e-mail: info@ichiroya.comaddress: Asia-shoji Bldg.301 1841-1 Nishi 1 chome Wakamatsu cho Tondabayashi city Osaka 584-0025 JAPANTEL&FAX ****( international number ) - 81-721-23-5446


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