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Mamezen: Original Ramen in Kyoto

March 31, 2012

American friends brought Mamezen to my attention: it’s a small restaurant in Kyoto which specializes in ramen served in a soy milk-based broth.  This type of ramen is Mamezen’s own creation and it’s delicious.  I found this out firsthand yesterday when I lunched at this lovely out-of-the-way restaurant located in the city’s Shimogamo neighborhood.Kyotofoodie wrote a very comprehensive and informative blog posting on Mamezen, which you can see here.And as you can see from the “before” and “after” shots, above, I mean what I say when I say the soy milk based ramen broth was yummy.  I ordered the “omakase” lunch set which serves a bowl of ramen, pickles and yuba donburi rice bowl.Above is the chef and owner of Mamezan, Minoru Yonegawa, seen below with his wife, Mitsue, who works alongside her husband at the restaurant.An English language menu is available, and if you are in Kyoto, especially if you are in the Shimogamo area, you may want to stop by for a delicious–and healthy–bowl of ramen in a rich, yuba-based soy broth. And of course I couldn’t help but snap a photo of the beautifully repaired shoji, above.

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Shikama Fine Arts: A Treasure Box in the Middle of Kyoto

March 29, 2012

I’ve written about Shikama Fine Arts on this blog before, but I’m compelled to do it again: each time I visit I am impressed by Nao Shikama’s exquisite selection of antique objects and his rich knowledge of the pieces he so carefully presents.Shikama Fine Arts is located in the heart of Kyoto and is easy to find.  It’s open Thursdays through Sundays, 12 – 6 PM.   Shikama san is fluent in Japanese and English so don’t hesitate to stop by and explore–and be prepared to be drawn in to this beautifully curated world of wondrous things.  

There is always an extremely intelligent and curious mix of Japanese and European antique objects and ceramics on view–and make a point to ask questions about items that intrigue you. 

If you’re in Kyoto here’s one way to find Shikama Fine Arts: enter Teramachi dori at Oike dori, and walk south into the arcade.  One “block” down from Oike dori, take a right (the famous paper and incense shop Kyukyodo is on this corner) and continue straight for 3 blocks.  Shikama Fine Arts is on the south side of the street (and right around the corner from the famous Tawaraya ryokan.)

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