2007年12月6日木曜日

Maguro Bochos

More Maguro Bochos

I think the time is to go home.

It is fish market so it opens very early in the morning like 4am or 5am and closed market 2pm or 3pm.
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Maguro Knife

I am so sorry that the pictue looks not good. There is very busy place so I did not want to stop and take a pictures to avoid getting scolding or killed by the knife.
Just kidding but it is very serious place.
All pictures in Tsukiji are just keep walking and took a shots, so some of them are not nice shots.
I apologize for it.
I went back to Japan a couple weeks ago, and I visited Tsukiji Fish Market where is the largest fish market in the world.
There are auction places for professional buyers, and thousands of wholesale fish markets for fish markets and restaurants. There are also lots of small fish markets and restaurants outside of Tsukiji Fish Market too.
There are not only selling fish, they also sell mega tons of vegetables for wholesale in the same site.
The place in the picture is one of wholesale fish market deal with only Tuna.
This Maguro looks oily and fresh.
He has Maguro Bocho(knife) which is much longer than Sashimi knife.
It is for slice Maguro fillet with one stroke.

That is why I guess it has a longer blade like Samurai Sword, not for killing people.

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Female Papaya


Female Papaya Tree


I have planted the papaya tree on the picture over a year ago.
I wanted a Papaya tree closest place from house door, when I want to eat it.
I might be a lazy guy.
I do not want to eat it every day, but sometimes I crave to eat it so hard, because Papaya from my yard is so sweet and jucy. I can not shat down my desire sometimes.
It was redy to pick the fruits soon, but I realized it is female Papaya tree.
Female Papaya tree is more like ball shape than male Papaya.
Male Papaya is one we can see in the market looking like more oval shape.
Female Papaya is less sweetness than male Papaya, and the inside of Papaya is more hollowed than Male one. It means less place to eat.
That is why it is very rare to find in the market.
I need it when I make sea turtle with Papaya for decoration sometimes, but
Most people prefer male one cause of the taste.
However , we do not know until the fruit is getting bigger, so some peopel plants two of Papaya nursery tree same place and cut down one of it, when they get fruits, in case of one of them are female.
I feel so bad but it is going to be good manure.

Vanilla on the stone wall


I started growing vanilla plant a couple years ago.
I tried to find best place for the plants, but I could not find it and the plant had been getting die.
I finally found really good place after trial and error a year ago.
They look healty now, do they?
They are on the stone wall and The shade provides from a big lytchi tree.
Vanilla plant is like beans plant that they need the place leans on like ivy.
They need also shade and little bid dry soil.
I heard they grow under big tree in wild.
They produce 3 to 5 inches black beans.
That is my hope.

Apple in the back yard

Japanese Parsimmon & Apple might not be rare fruits in the region where has four seasons, but here is semitropical zone Hawaii.
I live in mountain side of Oahu. This place is high altitude.
Here is lots of rain and cool weather. This place does not need air conditioning system in the summer. I use fan several times in a year, when this place is really hot by south wind.
It is cold most of the night even though it is in summer.
I love this place and the weather because I feel like I live in the country side of Japan.
That is why those plants that grow in the temperate zone are here and get gruits.

Japanese Parsimmon in the back yard


2007年12月1日土曜日

Japanese Parsimmon and Yuzu


The both of the fruits were from our yard. Every one knows the left side one is Japanese Parsimmon.
The right side one looks a small citrus fruit. That is called Yuzu in Japanese. We, Japanese enjoy the scent of Yuzu on the skin with many kinds ways.
We peel the skin and chop it up and put in soup or put on the top of hot or cold dishes just like lemon zest.
We also put lots of whole Yuzu in a hot bath and we also enjoy the scent and extract to the bath from Yuzu. I think it is good for our skin. Yuzu is the one of the smell that we remember nostalgia to Japan.
Old says, Peach and chestnut three years, Parsimmon is eight years, and stupid Yuzu is 13 years. It talks about how long takes the each of trees need to get fruits from seeds.
It was almonst right. The both of them took the fruits about 10 years.
I had cut parsimmon once on the way of 10 years, so it took little bit more.
They almost make me crazy to wait for getting fruit for 10 years.

2007年11月12日月曜日

Aframes Tokyo Website just started!


Aloha!
Husband & I live in Hawaii.
We just started new shop for Japanese chef knives.
My husband used to be Sushi chef over 10 years and he likes collecting high quality knives. There are many artisan spirit knife builder in Japan. We will try to introduce the high quality authentic & Custom chef knives to USA.

Mahalo!