The Kamo river runs right through the heart of Kyoto. 

We took a long walk along it from near our ryokan to our favorite brush store, zig zaging from one side to the other and sometimes into the nearby streets,


until we got to the brush store that sells the best vegetable brushes in the world. 


near the sanji bridge


One of the ubiqitous Starbucks could be found for a bit of good coffe and a lunch sandwich. (Japan does have great coffee shops all over the place these days.)

The main pretence for our trip to Japan was to visit Arashiyama (on the outskirts of Kyoto) during the autumn leaf festival!
So far the autumn leaves haven’t impressed me much. Yesterday was a bit rainy, so we went today. We picked a good day. It was sunny with intermittent showers and a cold north wind. Arashi mountain itself was not so colorful, but there were huge crowds of locals and turists to see the autumn leaves. 


After walking all over the place we decided to finish the day with the gardens of Tenryuji Temple.


On the way there, we followed the crowd going in to see the gardens of Hogonin Temple. What a magnificent discovery! A fantastic moss garden canopied with maple trees in every shade of green, yellow, orange and red, complete with a couple of gardeners constantly brushing the falling leaves off the moss. 


Tenryuji had equally impressive gardens with moss, maple trees, water flows, a carp pond, rocks, fences and bamboo groves. 


At the end of the day. We were cold and tired and didn’t bother to go into the temple, but did catch a glimpse of this guy and then had to head back to the ryokan.

It was supposed to be rain, so instead of visiting Arashiyama we spent the day at Nishiki Market, a traditional in the main shopping district of Kyoto. 


Hundreds, maybe thousands of stalls selling traditional foods and stuff of old Japan. 

Here’s some pickled pumpkin


Or fresh wasabi


How about a snack of roasted mochi balls with miso or soysauce syrup



Matsutake mushrooms all the way from china


Pickled giant radish


Deep fried snacks


More pickles


Fresh pumpkins


Tofu and soy milk


And much much more.

We landed at Nagoya Airport and spent the good part of the rest of the day getting to Kyoto by slow bus which gave us another different view of Japan. 

After checking in at the ryokan, we spend the rest of the day killing time and jet lag at the Kyoto train station, one of the modern archetectural wonders of the world. 


And had dinner at our favorite restaurant there. Something I’ve been longing for since we discovered it 3 years sgo. 


Tempura on rice, miso soup, pickles and bancha tea. 

I’m back to blogging after a period of not. We are leaving my frozen garden…


for a 12 day trip to Japan to see the leaves change color in the temple gardens and hills around Kyoto. And maybe I’ll be able to buy a can of hybrid pumpkin seeds. 

The third fermentation festival took place on saturday as usual in Uddebo. It was the best one ever.


This year I did 2 demonstrations – kimchi and miso. I was so busy I forgot to take some good pictures, only a few lousy ones. 

Like this presentation of infamous fermentations. 

Or this of Edvard Rödseth talking about beer making. 


Luckily Emma Persson got some very good pictures of my demonstration on kimchi making. 

And miso making. 

The last day of the course came yesterday. The first session we sauerkraut, the second time we made pickled carrots and this time we made chunky style kimchi. 


After all the participants filled their jars, there was a lot left for me. 

Maybe we can have a follow up course and make some other fermented foods like miso.

After missing it last year we were back at Kromsta Marknad for the forth time. 


The weather was great, lots of people and very good sales. 

Next weekend – Fermentations Festival!

Strange weather today!


They say that the remnants of a tropical storm blew in from the Gulf Stream today. 

I’ve reached the top of the back wall and am done with this years stone building. 



Now during the winter, I can start building the the wooden superstructure.