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    Picnic under the ume blossoms with sakura mochi.
    Blogged here: Blue Lotus.

    otarako, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. *Sakura* 99 months ago | reply

      Did you make them by yourself? Looks so good.
      I love the seasonal cloth.

    2. otarako 99 months ago | reply

      homemade??素晴らしい!敷物もぴったりですね!

    3. Blue Lotus 99 months ago | reply

      Sakura, Otarako: Yes, they are homemade.
      But not by me! My sister-in-law made them, and they were delicious.

      And it was just a coincidence that the handkerchief I was carrying matched the occasion...

    4. Eat-My-Heart-Out 你吃,我看 99 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Beautiful food. Pretty fabric. My new wallpaper ! Thanks.

    5. missuspie 99 months ago | reply

      Beautiful indeed! What a delicious way to welcome springtime!

    6. conceptual tea 99 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful! What is inside the mochi, and what is inside the cloth with the fish? :D

    7. Blue Lotus 99 months ago | reply

      Thank you Eat-My-Heart-out! I hope your new wallpaper doesn't make you hungry all the time.

      Missuspie, thanks! We were lucky to have such warm weather.

      Thanks Jenny323 and Amerynn!

      Conceptual tea, inside is anko (sweet bean paste), the outside is mochi rice coloured pink with natural dye (the store-bought kind is more of a bright pink) and it's wrapped in a salted cherry leaf and topped with a salted cherry blossom. My sister-in-law made them and they were delicious!
      The cloth is a handkerchief I spread out for the picnic. The pattern is not fish, it's ume! Which is actually just a coincidence, it happened to be the one I was carrying at the time (everyone here carries a handkerchief!).

    8. Blue Lotus 98 months ago | reply

      Conceptual tea: Oops! I misunderstood your questions, sorry! The cloth with the fish pattern is my chopstick holder. More info here: blue_moon.typepad.com/blue_lotus/2006/05/disposable_chop....

      Sakurako Kista, thank you!

    9. flakyredhead 98 months ago | reply

      You can find pictoral instructions on how to make the fabric cases for carrying your chopsticks at this web site. www.glocal-kibi.net/web/action/myhashi/hashihukuro.html I don't read Japanese, but the pictures were clear enough that I could copy the process.

    10. Blue Lotus 98 months ago | reply

      Thanks Flakyredhead!

    11. David Hulme 74 months ago | reply

      This isn't food - it's Art!

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