Take a well-deserved trip. You owe it to yourself after a long, grueling, cold winter. On this trip you go to farther than Hains Point or the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Basin but you will enjoy the fiavor of Japan.
Hana-mi is the Japanese word for "sitting under the blossoms and contemplating or enjoying it." It's a national hobby in Japan when the beautiful, fleeting cherry blossoms burst into color after a dreary winter, one without central heat in homes, offices or schools. Crowds of people congregate under these trees in public parks and spend the day eating, drinking, singing and most of all enjoying.
We have the same type of cherry tree here, a gift from the people of Japan in 1912, so take a picnic and sit under the trees.
You can prepare this picnic at home or if you feel like splurging at bit, you can buy some sushi or obento "to go." The Sakura and Mikado restaruants have an assortment of sushi (rice balls) for around $5. The Sakura also sells obento (boxed lunch) from $7.
If you choose to do it yourself, it will be a simple matter. For starters you should have some osembei (rice crackers). They are available at most supermarkets. They are salty, crunchy and delicious. A typical picnic might include Tori Age , "fried chicken," some freshly made sushi salad and rice balls. If this doesn't strike your food fancy then simply pack up a few sando-ichis - 2 slices of bread with your favorite could cut, trna salad or yudobuta , sliced pork tenderloin. In any case wash it all down with beer, Kirin if possible, a thermos of green tea or orange soda. Fresh fruit is a suitable ending. TORIAGE
(Serve 8) 12 pound pork tenderloin 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of water 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger 4 green onions, chopped salt.
Bring all ingredients except pork to the bowl. Add the tenderloin and simmer gently until done - about 40 minutes. Let it cool allghtly in the mixture will [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and drain. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and eat [WORD ILLEGIBLE] with mustard in a sandwich. SUSHI SALAD
(Serve 8) 3 cups long grain cooked rice 4 tablespoon vinegar 4 tablespoons sugar 1 cup aliced mushrooms 1 cup [WORD ILLEGIBLE] shrimp or leftover pork, chopped 1 cup cooked green peas 3 hardcooked eggs, chopped
Mix 2 tablespoon vinegar with 2 tablespoons sugar. Toss with hot rice. Simmer mushrooms in remaining vinegar, sugar and 2 tablespoons water for 3 minutes. Drain and add to rice. Add shrimp or pork, peas and eggs. Mix carefully. Serve warm or cold with chopsticks or forks. RICE BALLS 6 cups cooked long grain rice 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 teaspoons salt
From rice into balls while still hot. Wet hands and works a handful of rice into a ball no larger than 2 inches. Keep wetting hands while working to prevent sticking. Roast sesame seeds with salt in a frying pan, stirring until the seeds begin to jump. Remove form heat and sprinkle over rice balls.