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07/26/2009

Hyakumantou festival in Kawagoe

Today, at the center of Kawagoe City, there was a festival. The main title of the festival was Hyakumantou festival. I took some pictures at main event of daytime.
This festival is called as 1 million lights' festival(百万灯祭り) in Kawagoe. So many lantern was hanging over at a front of a house. The festival has been telling that it is to remember a daimyo of Kawagoe domain who has died in 1850.

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Today's main events were martial art performances of the matchlock rifle(火縄銃) corps of the Kawagoe domain(川越藩). They had been dressing up as a soldier at the Edo period.
The parade was started from the road in front of the Honkawagoe Station of Seibu Railway.

Key Notes    
Location            Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture
Destination         Hon-Kawagoe Station, Seibu-Shinjyuku Line(本川越駅)
 Date walked        July 26(Sun), 2009 (Clear)
Walk type           City Walking
Difficulty             Easy

Distance             At the front of Hon-Kawagoe Station
Railway stations   Hon-Kawagoe Station(本川越駅)(Seibu-Shinjyuku Line)


Key Word
: Kawagoe, Saitama, city walks, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 西武新宿線, 本川越駅

TOBU RAILWAY Museum

Dscf9777s This museum was made a renewal, and opened at 22nd on this month. Dscf9779s
An adult fee is 200 yen, and a child's is 100 yen.
The 11 real historical trains are exhibiting in this area. Train simulation can be operated by using the same real equipped controller. The place is under the platform of Higashi-Mukojimia station in Tobu Isesaki Line. Monday is a closure day every week. Admission time is from 10:00 to 16:00.
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A URL of Tobu Museum is the next.
http://www.tobu.co.jp/museum/

SL Model B1type, No.5
This is the first steam locomotive that TOBU RAILWAY introduced. This steam locomotive is one of the train that imported 12 steam locomotives from Beyer Peacock in 1898. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyer,_Peacock_and_Company

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Model デハ1type, No.5

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This is the first electrified train in Tobu railway on October 1, 1924. It appeared between Asakusa (present, Narihirabashi) and Nishiarai. Dscf9811s Dscf9813s

 

Model 5700 type, No.5701
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The train used from 1951 as a special express train of Nikko Line in Tobu Railway. A nickname of this train is a cat's whiskers.

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Dscf9829s The first electrical locomotive as Tobu Railway that imported from English Electric in 1928. A color of the body was repainted at the same color that was commissioned in 1930.
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Train Simulator
that you can operate
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These Train Simulator can operate even a child.

07/18/2009

A fresh spring issuing "Yamatomizu"

Today, I walked to Nihongi Pass (二本木峠), Misuzu Mountain (皇鈴山), Toya Mountain (登谷山), Kamabushi Pass (釜伏峠).
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Yamatomizu_no_tabi A blue line shows my trekking route, a yellow one is a bus route. I walked about 19km for 6 hours.
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Today's main event was to find the place and to taste "Yamatomizu (日本水)" that was chosen in one of the 100 fresh spring issuing in Japan. The destination path through Kamayama's inner shrine had a steep up and down rocks. There had many chains, and was very dangerous route.

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Let's find Yamatomizu (fresh spring issuing from among rocks)
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The notice sign "Keep Out", because the collapse might happen.







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Easy_way_to_nihonsuiI met three young ladies at the entrance of the shrine. They trekked by the same route, we could have a pleasant talk about this tough route. I felt a good feeling to them because they are very active and cheerful spirits.
After we got there, we found that we could go there at an easy way that not to climb a rocky path. Back to Kamabushi Pass after the satisfaction of Yamatomizu, we selected an easy path ( see the left picture ). It takes 30minutes (about 1.7km) from a parking of Kamabushi Pass.
But the way that I got the place had a difficulty. Because of the difficulty, I had felt a good-tasting of the fresh water "Yamatomizu" still more.
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To Yorii Station (寄居駅)

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Walked Course
 
:
(start) (9:10am)
Ogawamachi Station (小川町駅) (N36.058174, E139.261116)
-> By Eagel Bus
->
Uchide Bus Stop (内手)(N36.061353, E139.180056) (9:31am)
-> Nihongi Pass (二本木峠)(N36.064376, E139.158507)
(10:43am)
-> Misuzu Mountain (皇鈴山)
-> Toya Mountain(登谷山)(N36.082339, E139.155634) (11:30am)
-> Kamabushi Pass with parking lot (釜伏峠) (11:49am)
->
Kamabushi Mountain (釜伏山) (12:07pm)
-> Yamatomizu(日本水)(N36.09380, E139.14362) (12:24pm)
    I took a rest and lunch about 24minutes.
->
Kamabushi Pass with parking lot (釜伏峠) (13:18pm)
-> Hachigata Castle(鉢形城址)(15:00pm)
-> Yorii Station(寄居駅)
(15:27pm) (end)

Key Notes    
Location            Saitama Prefecture, North western part of Tokyo
Destination         Toya Mountain(登谷山)

           Yamatomizu(日本水) (N36.09380, E139.14362)
                        Kamayama Shrine (釜山神社)
Date walked        July 18(Sat.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Walk type           Walking, except rocks path around Kamabushi Pass
Difficulty             Easy, except
rocks path around Kamabushi Pass
Distance             about 19km
Time taken          about 6hrs ( includes a short break for lunch )
Railway stations   Ogawamachi(小川町) and Yorii(寄居) Station (Tobu-Tojyo Line)
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: North western part of Tokyo, hiking, walking, day walks, Mt.Toya, Kamabushi Pass, Yamatomizu, fresh spring issuing, Saitama, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 東武東上線, 小川町駅, 寄居駅, 登谷山, 日本水, 釜伏峠, 釜山神社,

Eagle Bus Time Table on Saturday and Sunday
     Ogawamachi station --> Shiroishi Garage (N36.016624, E139.173616)
         7:09 (first bus), 9:10, 9:40 (to Minaya), 10:48, 11:45, ...
     Shiroishi Garage (白石車庫) --> Ogawamachi Station (It takes about 40min.)
         ..., 13:00, 13:36, 14:36, 15:15, 16:31, 19:23 (last bus)

Reference
If you have a interest to my walk plan. Please look at the next URL. It will show you the route. I uploaded the route plan to ALPSLAB route.
http://route.alpslab.jp/watch.rb?id=199eb5d16ce511c4fbcf46064de1d70d

07/15/2009

Trek from Okutama Station to Mt.Odake, Mt.Mitake and Mt.Hinode

I walked 26km on last Saturday. It was a tough-trekking.
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Please look at the recent mountain walk of this area, too.

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To the start point of mountain path

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Dscf9129s After you crossed a river, you will find a small open space near the bridge on the right-hand side. Moreover, there is a direction board with map there. This place is an entrance of the mountain trail. When you walked for a while, you will reach to a long stairs. Dscf9143s When you climbed up the stairs and walked some minutes, you will find a five-story tower at right hand. Dscf9148s Pass this open area of this shrine. A real mountain path begins from here.

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To Nokogiri Mountain and Odake Mountain

A path width on this mountain path is very narrow and steep. And, this mountain path has a rocky path. At a ridgeway, the path width is narrow or the right/left lateral side is dropped. Please walk carefully, checking safety so as not to tumble on your miss steps.
Moreover, there are many places which the tree root of a grove has expressed. Let's walk carefully so that you may not slide by the wet tree root or not hook a shoe by a expressed tree root.
There is a flat place on a mountain path.

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Dscf9196s Walking for a while, the tengu's stone relief is put on the opened place. This is a Tensho Shrine(天聖神社). The two tengu's monuments were placed each other and a shrine was placed on the left hand side. It was 10:23am. Let's rest for a while. But before the body gets cold, let's begin to walk. A steep slope continues.


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Dscf9223s Dscf9247sI arrived at the summit of Nokogiri-yama(鋸山) by about 2.5hours (4.2km) from Okutama Station. It was 11:50am. The summit was surrounded by the groves, there was no view. I don't have a break at the place and walked to Odake Mountain(大岳山) through the Nakaiwa Mountain(中岩山) from here.






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When we climbed up to the steep slope, we will have a good scenery from the summit. It was 13:07pm. I took a short rest and had a lunch.
You will find Mt. Fuji and other mountains in Okutama from the summit of the mountain. (if it has cleared up)





To a bower near a path branch to Rock Garden

Dscf9258s Dscf9267sWhen getting down from Odake Mountain, you need to walk so that you may not make a mistake by guidance in Mt. Ontake. When you got down from Odake Mountain, you will find the Odake Shrine before long.
After passing through a torii, you should be cautious of a road sign. If you find the road sign, you should go to the left to Mitake Mountain (御岳山).
Dscf9266s Dscf9277sIf you go to the right, you will have a direction to Matougari Mountain(馬頭刈山). When you need a public lavatory, you should go on straight. When you go down the steep rock hill, you will find an informatory sign of path branch to the penetralia(奥の院)/Kaiba-Pass(芥場峠). Go to Kaiba-Pass.


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When you walk down to the direction of Mitake Mountain, you will find a bridge over a brook. Few minutes later, you will find a road branch to a Rock-Garden (ロックガーデン)/Mitake-San (御岳山) that has a guidance map near the brook. If you select the way along the map signboard, you can go down to a waterfall. If you go to the way which separated to the signboard, you can go to the cable car of Mt. Mitake.

Dscf9285s The natural water is flowing out near the path, it is located about 50m to Mitake Mountain side from the branch point of a bower. From the guidance that I got, you should be better boiled before drinking. Since my throat was very thirsty, I drank a raw water a little.




Around the Mitake Shrine

Dscf9290sWhen you could be heard the loud voice from a ravine, it might be the ascetic training of disciplinant. Their ascetic training must be performing cold water ablutions by a waterfall. I kept on hearing the voice of disciplinant for a while, and walked to Mitake Mountain. I arrived to Mitake Mountain.
Along the mountain path, since it is maintained well, there is no rocky path and width is wide, it was very comfortable to me who had walked a rocky path.


Tenguno Koshikake Sugi

 Dscf9288sDscf9294sDscf9297sTenguno is a phrase of "for a long-nosed goblin" in Japanese. Koshikake means a seat in Japanese. Sugi means a Japanese cedar in Japanese. There is a big Japan cedar with a bough, we guess, which is suitable form to sit for a tengu. As for the tengu of Mt. Mitake, the chair of this natural tree seems to be a favorite. From a sightseeing brochure, this high tree can be looked from Chuo Expressway. The distance from this tree to the Chuo Expressway is about 18km. It's unbelievable. (天狗の腰掛け杉)




To Nanayono-Taki from Mt. Mitake

Dscf9304s When you want to go to Nanayono-Taki from Mt. Mitake, there are some different routes to get it. The detailed route that you wanna walk should be checked by the maps.
My recommendation route to Nanayono-Taki from Mitake Mountai is to go down at the path branch near Tenguno-Koshikake Sugi. The route has some steep ladders but the other part of the path is walkable. This route will save your energy spent. When you get down by using a ladder, you should walk down the stairs by one step at a time looking at a mountain surface.


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The eight step's waterfall, a height is about 50m, are raising water splash from the highest rung. But we can see only the 4th waterfall from the bottom. It is coolly comfortable and the surroundings of a waterfall are the best place as lunch spot.






To Hinode Mountain

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I think that it takes about 45 minutes to Hinode Mountain. It is said that a view from the Hinode mountain can be desired not only to the mountains in Okutama but to Nikkou mountains. I think that it is good to extend your trek so far from Mitake Mountain if the weather is good.
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The route from Hinode Mountain to Futamatao station (or Atago-jinja 愛宕神社) would be a trek to Takamine, Umenoki peak, Mimuro Mountain and Atago Shrine.










A descent from Hinode Mountain
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If the twilight time is close, and when you are tired, you should not walk down on this route. When you walk down to Atago-jinja (愛宕神社), I guess that it takes more than twice time compared with my recommended route. And, I guess that you would be exhausted of your body energy when you are walking from Okutama Station.


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I recommend that you should get back to Mitake Mountain and get down by cable car.
If you decide to back to Mitake Mountain, it gets about 1 hours done.







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A convenience store is across the road. After you crossed the road, turn left at the convenience store. Then walk to the first intersection signal, and turn right and walk a few minutes. You will find a bridge over Tamagawa, then you cross the bridge and walk along the street till the end of intersection.






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The trekking time of the Day

It takes 10hrs.
  I walked 26km

Course 
:
(start) (9:15am)
Okutama Station (奥多摩駅) (N35.809228, E139.09672)
->
Tensho Shrine(天聖神社)(N35.79567, E139.09896) 10:23am
-> Nokogiri Mountain(鋸山)(N35.77946, E139.105885) 11:50am
-> Odake Mountain (大岳山) (N35.765371, E139.130612) 13:06pm
-> RockGarden Branch(ロックガーデン分岐)(N35.77486, E139.14348) 14:40pm
-> Mitake Mountain(御岳山)(N35.782887, E139.149944) 16:17pm
-> Hinode Mountain(日の出山
(N35.781216, E139.167450) 17:00pm
-> Futamatao Station(二俣尾駅)(N35.804324, E139.215485)
(19:09pm)(end)

Key Notes    
Location            Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Nokogiri Mountain(鋸山)
(N35.77946, E139.105885)
           Odake Mountain(大岳山) (N35.765371, E139.130612)
                        Mitake Mountain(御岳山)(N35.782887, E139.149944)
                        Hinode Mountain(日の出山) (N35.781216, E139.167450)
Date walked        July 11(Sat.), 2009 (Clear/Cloudy)
Walk type           Mountain climbing
Difficulty             I recommend for good walkers 
Distance             about 26km
Time taken          about 10hrs ( includes a short break for lunch, and a little lost a way )
Railway stations   Okutama(奥多摩) and Futamatao(二俣尾) Station (JR Ome Line)
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Futamatao, hiking, walking, day walks, Mt.Odake, Mt.Mitake, Mt.Hinode, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 奥多摩駅, 大岳山, 御岳山, 日の出山

Okutama Visitor Center (N35.808420, E139.097616)
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 <- The available map
(in- and out-side print of the map)
Map size is about 720mmx515mm.

Reference
If you have a interest to my walk plan. Please look at the next URL. It will show you the route. I uploaded the route plan to ALPSLAB route. Regarding Hino route, I transcribed the location from my GPS trekking data. The GPS accuracy was in very bad condition because of valley walk. So, the accuracy of the route will be not worth believing.
http://route.alpslab.jp/watch.rb?id=a9f771768277021067186629d183c1a9

07/06/2009

Iriya to Asakusa

Today, I took a day-off and went walk to Iriya (入谷), Kappabashi (合羽橋), Asakusa (浅草) and Ryogoku (両国). I walked about 8.3km (Iriya -> Kappabashi -> Asakusa -> Garden -> Ryogoku). My necessity time was aIriyaasakusabout 2hr45min (with 15min lunch).

To tell the truth, finally, I walked to Akihabara. I walked
11.7km, and needed 3hr30min.










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Iriya
(入谷) is a place famous for a morning-glory market. The main places of a market is one bolck between the intersection Dscf8890sthat you got down a subway Tokyo Metro and the other intersection of west. This south sidewalk of 1-block was occupying by this market. An about 5m store was tightly close each other in a line.
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The distance from Iriya to Kappabashi is about 600m.


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I purchased my own chopsticks here (N35.711443, E139.788175). In addition to the delicate cut which is not obtained on other places, and it was coated by Japanese lacquer thinly. Since it looked nice and was very interestingDscf8932s, I purchased it immediately. I think that the price was very reasonable (1100yen).


Sensoji and Kaminarimon (浅草寺, 雷門)
Please give me a time to make a comments!!

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Old Yasuda Garden
(旧安田庭園)(N35.698292, E139.793778)
Open 9:00am - 16:30pm ( Closed from Dec.29 to Jan. 1)
It is the garden for Daimyo serviced as a stroll garden. The pond of the water had been connecting to the Sumida River and the water level had been changing with the tides.
Now, the ebb and flow of the water level are reproduced artificially.

Composition of this garden
It has an old tree and a walk path that surrounds the pond of the Chinese character of "心(heart)". A snow-viewing lantern is arranged. A carp and a tortoise are playing in a pond. It is opened wide for nothing.

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My Lunch at Asakusa
Tempra-Soba (天ぷらそば) 380yen; I ordered a "large order (Omori)"(大盛り add 100yen) so the price was 480yen. The location of the restaurant was "N35.71167, E139.797512".
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This soba restaurant is a kind of a stall restaurant with a stand-up counter only. But a price is very reasonable.
If you can't read Kanji menu, you can confirm a meal sample that you want to eat on a front of the restaurant.
You have to buy a meal ticket by ticket selling machine before you eat. At this shop, the meal sample had a number, and it was related to the button number of the ticket selling machine.
A service of this kind of stall restaurants is commonly a self service system. If you want to drink water, you have to do by yourself. A cup and water pot are setting on the table. After you finished your meal, you should say "Thank you" and have to return your dishes back to the counter.

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Course :

(start) Iriya Station (11:55am)
-> Morning-glory
Market Window Shopping (about 25min)
-> Kappabashi Window Shopping (12:25pm~12:50pm)

-> Kaminari-mon (13:00pm)
-> Sensoji (浅草寺) (13:12pm)
-> Soba Restaurant (
N35.71167, E139.797512) (13:30pm~13:45pm)
-> Old Yasuda Garden (N35.698292, E139.793778) (14:13pm~14:28pm)
    The distance was about 1.8km from Kaminarimon.
-> Ryogoku Station (14:38pm) (end)


Key Notes
Location         Around the center of Tokyo
Destination      
Iriya, Kappabashi, Asakusa
Date walked    July 6(Mon.), 2009 (Rain)
Walk type       City walk
Difficulty        easy
Distance        about 8.3km
Time taken     about 2hr45min (with 15min lunch)
                    I walked a lot in Iriya, Kappabashi, Asakusa and Garden.
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word :

north Eastern part of Tokyo, Tokyo, Ueno, Iriya, Kappabashi, Asakusa, Kaminarimon, Old Yasuda Garden, morning-glory market,
上野, 浅草, 浅草寺, 雷門, 入谷, 合羽橋, 旧安田庭園, 朝顔市

07/05/2009

Kawagoe where an atmosphere of the Edo period remains

Today, I went to Kawagoe (川越). This town is famous as a town which has left the atmosphere of the Edo period.
Kawagoe_map Kawagoe is sited about 30minutes by train from the center of Tokyo, and is called the town of small Edo (小江戸). Many temples and characteristic shopping centers are in a town.


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Probably, sightseeing highlights are "Kitain (
喜多院)" and "the surrounding buildings of the time bell (時の鐘)."
Dscf8717s Dscf8812s The stone statue of Buddha's five hundred disciples is in the precincts of a templ
Dscf8737s e of Kitain. I guess that the stone statue which carried out expression which is full of humanity is worth seeing. In order to see this in detail, it is necessary to purchase a visit ticket (400 yen) in Kitain. If there is not sufficient time for you, you can see inside from the iron-lattice gate that is in the southern part of the area.

The sh
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This area was selected about ten years ago as the preservation area of an important traditional building group of a domestic country. Dscf8830s The rows of houses which are standing around the traditional building also have a mom-and-pop candy store which leaves the time atmosphere of about 80 years ago. Many people take a break at the front of a store, eating sweets.



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Information about Kawagoe

I think that the next URL is the best information about Kawagoe. It has the explanations that you want to know about Kawagoe. For example, these are English map, how to access, events information, sightseeing spot, accommodation, shopping, food, etc..
http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/intro.html

Key Notes
Location         North of Tokyo
Destination      Kawagoe City

Date walked    July 5 (Mon.), 2009
Walk type       City walk
Difficulty        easy
Distance        about 8km

Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word :

North of Tokyo, Kawagoe City, Kitain, Saitama, 川越
, 川越市, 本川越, 小江戸, 五百羅漢, 喜多院, 時の鐘

07/02/2009

Rakkyo, pickles in Vinegar ... How to make it

Preservation container
If it be possible, it should be sterilized with boiling water. After drying completely, it should be used. Since a glass preservation container is impossible to disinfect with boiling water, it should be washed with clean water, and dry completely before using. After that, a glass preservation container should be wiped with alcohol (or white distilled liquor of 35 degrees) for sterilizing. These preparations are the same processes as Umeshu.
Since it will become easy to putrefy if there are moisture and various bacteria, these are processings for preventing it.

Acquisition of Rakkyo
I could not get a raw Rakkyo, so I bought the salted ingredients. The ingredients were already cut, washing and salted. The price was about 6 times costly than raw Rakkyo.
But it was cheaper than a product price.


 

Shopping List for preparation of Rakkyo

1) Rakkyo1kg
2) Sugar
250gr  
3) Vinegar
350ml of pure rice vinegar of 4.5% of acidity
4) Preservation container;
2 litter sized bottle
5) Dried red pepper ;
a few

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1) Rakkyo (らっきょう) ; 1kg,
I bought it two sack of Rakkyo that was the salted ingredients @500gr.








2) Sugar ; 250gr,
I used a crystal sugar that I bought it for Umeshu.

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3) Vinegar ; Please prepare 350ml of pure rice vinegar of 4.5% of acidity.

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4) Preservation container ; The 2 Litter sized bottle is required.

Dscf8648s 5)Dried red pepper ; We use a few after deseeded.

 


Process
Rakkyo that had preserving in salted water that I bought in a market ought to be exposed in running water one whole day and night, and extract salt to the extent that salt remains a little. (You should bite a Rakkyo lightly and confirm a residual salt is in the central part of a Rakkyo a little.) Next, the Rakkyou was moved to a net ball and drain the water.
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Please boil a pan full of hot water, the Rakkyo is put into a pan immediately, and keeps in a boiling water for 10 seconds.

Again, it moved to a net ball, and make water drain, and spread out to cool it. 

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After it was dried, it puts into the sterilized container, and vinaigrette sauce is put in until Rakkyo are immersed well.


After dipping in vinaigrette sauce, it is eaten after four to five days, but it becomes delicious around one month.
Please save the container in a cool place or a refrigerator.



Prepared 250gr of crystal sugar is added to 150ml of water, and boil it until the sugar is melted enough.


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After cooling it, you add the dried deseeded red pepper and 350ml of vinegar to it. If you add the dried redpepper too much, it will become hot.


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Perfect!

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Q&A
a) Why the liquid which dipped a Rakkyo becomes muddy-white?
It is because various bacteria bred in the container.
Let's use the fully sterilized container and lid.

b)Why dips the Rakkyo in boiling water?
They are sterilization of a Rakkyo, and the disposal for improving crispiness. Only by covering boiling water over a Rakkyo, it does not become a uniform temperature at the whole Rakkyo. Sterilization is also impossible. Please dip the whole Rakkyo in boiling water for 10 seconds. Then, please move a Rakkyo to a net ball, and cut and cool hot water.


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Key Word : Rakkyo, ラッキョウ

How to make vinaigrette sauce

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