Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Here is the hikidemono that Satoshi received. Since the bride grew up in Kyoto, the items were from there.

A handmade chazutsu (tea container). The copper tea container is made by Japan's oldest craftsman, Kaikado which has been in business since the 8th year of Meiji (1875), very nice. This shop also makes silver, tin and brass tea containers.

He also received a hand-screened tenugui. Tenugui is usually made of cotton and is a thin cloth used as a hand/face towel or sometimes tied as a bandanna. I've even seen people frame them and hang them in their homes or use them as runners on their tables.

A baum kuchen by a well known sweets shop in Kyoto called Malebranche. They have counters at most department stores and I often buy from this shop to give away as gifts.

Satoshi said they had Japanese-French food and that the reception was held on a large property that was renovated near Kodaiji. With Autumn's fall foliage here and there, there were many tourists eager to see the leaves lit up.

He said he had a nice time, though he was very hungry when he came home...

Rokujohigashi hairu, Kawaramachi
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.351.5788
Open 9:00-18:00, Closed on Sundays & Holidays

Shokubutsuen-mae, Kitayama-dori
Kita-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.722.3399
Shop: 9:00-21:00 Salon: 10:00-20:30
*also available at various department stores around Japan, check their site for a location near you


Debinhawaii said...

Looks like *you* got some fun goodies! ;-) I love the little copper tea container.

momijitomitsukoshi said...

All very strange and fascinating - going to a wedding and giving the bride and groom at least $300 and they give you a present?? We saw a lot of people leaving our hotel in Ikebukuro after weddings, men all in black as you said, carrying their boutique bags full of goodies. I wished I had one. Now I know why I didn't see too many women. The men probably didn't take their wives or partners. That is very rare in Australia.

KirkK said...

He was hungry when he came home? I guess that's what French-Japanese food will do.... ;o)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, can't wait to try the baum kuchen :)

It wasn't that they didn't take their wives Momiji, they COULDN'T because they weren't invited.

Gave Satoshi an instant ramen to eat when he came home Kirk :)

Take care everyone.

Deb said...

It's like the guests are hollywood royalty, getting those swag bags:) Do you know about how much $ it all equals to?? The baum kuchen looks like a angel food cake - what does it taste like?

K and S said...

It depends on how much each couple wants to spend Deb...the tea tin was over $100. Baum kuchen is a sponge cake that is layered to look like the rings of a tree, it takes a long time to make but most times is quite moist and buttery.

Take care.

Rowena... said...

Those a very lovely gifts, but the thing where the wives aren't invited, and the men in black - highly formal expression of culture for real. And then Satoshi was still hungry???

Paz said...

Nice gifts. So, why was poor Satoshi hungry when he came back home? Was the food not enough? Reminds me of the time I went to my friend's wedding in a Turkish restaurant. Later, my friend told me that her husband (the groom) was very angry because he felt that they didn't serve enough food on the plates and he was hungry. Did Satoshi find something good in the fridge? ;-)


K and S said...

yup Rowena, he said he had to sit in the front and couldn't eat...I would've tried to...

K and S said...

probably there wasn't enough food Paz, I didn't have anything in the fridge for him so he had a cup of instant noodles.

Take care.

Paz said...

Ahhh! Thank goodness for instant noodles. ;-)


K and S said...

It does help out in a pinch Paz :)

Take care.

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K and S said...

Thanks so much Nate & Annie, will check it out :)

Take care.