Jeremy Steig Monthly Blog 2016
In January, we made a trip to Amanohashidate in Kyoto for my wife's birthday. We made a new travelogue video, which we upload on April 1st, our 13th wedding anniversary. Check it out!
Last month, my wife, my mother-in-law and I went to a food event at a local
department store. It wasn't very interesting and was very crowded. The
only item that caught my eye: a man was wrapping strawberries in adzuki
bean paste and mochi. The treat was called ichigo daifuku. I said, "Let's get some of those." My wife didn't think I would
like it but we came to a compromise and got in line to get three of the
That night, I bit into my piece and a big smile formed on my face. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. When my wife and her mother ate theirs they broke out laughing. You see, they both thought that I was crazy for wanting to get three. Daifuku is a traditional Japanese sweets but it was never made with strawberries in them until late 20th century. My wife told me that she had always thought that strawberries were an unnecessary and ill-matched addition to the already delicious traditional sweets and had never tried ichigo daifuku before. My mother-in-law told us that not all ichigo daifukus were good. She said the ones we got were incredible. We looked the maker up on the Internet. It's SUZUKAKE in Hakata, Fukuoka.
We went back two days later for more, but there were none left. They told us that they have a permanent booth in a department store in Shinjuku. Next time we go to Tokyo, we're getting nine of them.
We uploaded a new video that features dogs in Yokohama.
Have a look.
A happy new year!
The new year opens with our latest Jazz Japan video from Nikko.
We visited there in November last year to enjoy the colors of autumn.
The weather was exceptionally warm and perfect for seeing the falls and the beautiful Lake Chuzenji.