All posts tagged: lanterns

Sanchon Temple Cooking

If possible we prefer to eat vegetarian, so we went out of our way to find vegetarian or vegan restaurants on our trip. This is how we found out about Buddhist cuisine which follows some pretty strict rules. I think basically they are not supposed to eat things that have to be fully killed in order to be eaten. This rules out animals and certain vegetables like onions which you have to pull out to eat. I could be wrong on this though! Anyway! We found Sanchon, which serves a 20-or-so course meal of this kind of temple cooking. It is considered to be one of the best vegetarian restaurants certainly in Seoul, some even claiming in Asia, and has been featured in the news and online (I recommend visiting the latter link for its photos and descriptions of dishes). We got there fairly early in the evening, they had just opened, and so we had the restaurant to ourselves for some time. Most courses are tiny dishes of this or that vegetable. Most were absolutely delicious, but a few just …

Gion Matsuri Yoiyama

On the three nights before the big parade, the main street of downtown Kyoto is closed off for car traffic and transformed into a fair (the days of the fair are called Yoiyoiyoiyama, Yoiyoiyama, and Yoiyama). Food stalls offer grilled meats, grilled bamboo sprouts, grilled octopus, etc. I wanted to go to the fair on the night before the parade. The only problem was that a typhoon was approaching the city and it was not at all clear whether that would mean light rain or such a storm that the city would go into a complete shutdown. On that day, my boss had advised us foreigners to go home early to make sure that the public transport was still functioning and that we wouldn’t get stranded at the lab. So I took the bus a fair bit earlier than usual and headed home. At that point the wind had picked up a bit but otherwise the situation seemed pretty unproblematic. But this being my first serious typhoon, I was not sure how fast that could change. I …