I took a trip out to Kasama, a Japanese city known since early times for its gorgeous and high quality pottery ware. I spent hours exploring all the shops, finding everything from the traditional style bowls and cups, to a whole slew of these little critters. These guys were way too cute. This chipmunk was one of my favorites!
Afterwards, we stopped for lunch at a cozy little restaurant (which also had a number of clay crafts for sale). I ordered a vegetable pumpkin curry and also snagged a few bites from this suiton lunch set. Suiton is a traditional dish that actually tastes a lot like udon noodles, except that the wheat flour is formed into these dumplings instead of being flattened out and cut up into long strips. Suiton was a first for me, but I really liked the texture and simplicity of it. When I got back home I tried making my own suiton by combining oat and wheat flour with a little soy sauce, which worked really well. So much easier and faster than noodles!