Monday, March 31, 2008
day 92- wasabi & ukiyo-e
Today we headed out of Matsumoto to the Daioh Wasabi Farm. We'd had wasabi (Japanese horseradish) as that green paste on sushi & sashimi and the stalks and leaves as a fresh vegetable and pickled. Today we had it in crackers, soup, buns, relishes and ice cream! We also saw it growing in the crystal-clear waters of the melted snows of the Japan Alps.
Then we headed back to the city to the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum to see the world's largest private collection of woodblock prints by Hokusai, Hiroshige, Toushuusai and others from the Edo Period (1603 - 1867.) And they didn't even mind us taking mediocre photos of the famous works (as long as we didn't use the flash!)