Sea plants? Sea vegetables? Seaweed? 海藻 ひじき

One week has past after Sri Lankan New Year.   We also spent busy week.   However, soon Vesak Poya day, May day and several holidays will come.  It is very beautiful to see traditional handmade lanterns at each house and a huge decoration around in the city.
In Sri Lankan New year holidays, we went to Sanrik region in Japan where a big Tsunami attacked 4 years ago.  We stayed a ryokan which is Japanese style hotel where attacked by tsunami and reopend after moved new place.   The young owner and staffs are very friendly and have much hospitality and we learnt a lot from them.   The food from the sea and montains are on the dinner course and morning set.   We enjoyed food with a Japanese cook's magic.  The young active owner has beautiful mind and we got cheerful energy from her.
During our stay, we went to the sea and cruised aruond the shore by traditional small boat called bamboo leaf.  We found a lot of Sea plants which we can eat and the boat captain explained many kinds of sea plants and how to cook.   When you see the foods on the plate, some times we can not imagine how it grows and I took the picture to show a kind of Sea plants how it grows.  Don't you think if you knew the materials, you may like more foods and taste them more?   We wish this blog introduce some Japanese foods to you all customers.
By the way, the big earth quake hit Nepal and Sri Lanka, Japan and many other countries are helping them.   We are sorry to the victims and wish all supporters in Nepal and people in Nepal your safe.
さて、スリランカ正月の時に帰国した際に、三陸の海岸に行ってきました。地元の言葉で「さっぱ船」(笹の葉のような船がなまったもの)と呼ばれる小船で少し沖まで出てみました。そうすると、普段は乾燥して売られているひじきが岩にびっしりと生えていました。緑色で、こんなにふさふさと生えるものなのだなあと改めて知ることができました。こういうことを知ると、海藻 ひじきも一段と美味しくなりますよね。撮影はしていませんが、岩のりですとか、地元でしか食べられない海藻などもたくさん見ることができました。

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