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Shosetsu – Toji- Return of spring -

In Japan, we have a hot yuzu citron bath on the winter solstice from old days.
This day, we would like to take a relax bath time.
Put yourself in a plenty of hot water, and close your eyes, then your old days coming back to your mind.
Different from usual days, there are yellow yuzu citrons in a bath… grabbed the citron and smell it and play with it by putting it into water and looking at it floating back.

The winter solstice it a extremity of winter day.
It is the shortest day time day.
Sun, which showed severe nature in summer time, is now weakened its power.
Sun sets at the earliest time on the day of Taisetsu, Greater snow day, then the Winter solstice comes.
It is understandable that people in ancient days felt the end of sun.
Day time is getting longer from the Winter solstice.
Weakened sun is getting its power back again.
We can imagine people can get their hope back again.
The winter solstice is a special day everywhere all around the world.
A festival was performed in Mesopotamia to celebrate new year around the winter solstice time.
In Zhou(Around B.C. 1046-B.C. 256), it was celebrated this season.
In Scandinavian countries, they celebrates this time even now in a festival called Yule.
We can see an universal heart for the relation between nature and human lives.

The winter solstice is also called “The darkest hour is before the dawn”.
Sun is turning from “Yin” which is losing its power to “Yang” which is recovering power.
That is to say Direction where things are good after bad things continues finally.
People in ancient days cleansed themselves in a hot citrus bath and celebrated a new season.

In Kansai area, there is a custom to have hand-me-down from gods after placing 7 kinds of offerings.
Their name have double “ng” sound.
This is called “Full fortune”.
Nangking (pumpkin), Rengkong (lotus root), Ningjing (carrot), Gingnang (Gingko nut), Kingkang (cumquat), Ungdong (Udon noodles)

All food has double “ng” sound, meaning double luck in Japanese.
All are very lucky foods.
In Kashiwaya, we prepared dishes with these 7 kinds of lucky food for our guests, wishing all of our guests to receive full fortunes in the time of winter solstice.

We hope you to finish this year peacefully and the new year brings you joy and prosperity.

*The below is the menu for the “Ran” course (¥30,000). Some menu items may change in accordance with availability of ingredients.

North wind blows stronger day by day.
News of snowfall is not unusual now.
Depending on arrival of ingredients, we may change the menu without advance notice.