OSAKA--Four "matsutake" mushrooms, the king of autumn delicacies, made a surprise appearance at a spring-time sale here May 15, carrying a regal tax-exclusive price tag of 100,000 yen ($881) per 100 grams.
The four fragrant fungi of the "samatsutake" species from Yamaguchi Prefecture were all sold at the Hanshin Department Store in the Umeda district of Osaka's Kita Ward.
Manga artist Roswell Hosoki made his debut in 1983 with a work themed on mah-jongg.
"No matter how much I wrote, it didn't take off. As I added scenes of eating and drinking during the game, I started getting work related to eating and drinking," says the 60-year-old cartoonist. Hosoki himself likes eating and drinking more than he does mah-jongg.
Roswell Hosoki knows a thing or two about the pleasures of making and eating snacks to accompany drinks.
His "Sake no hosomichi" (The narrow road of drinking) comic series has been running for more than 20 years. The short manga captures in four to six pages how sales rep Sotatsu Iwama enjoys drinking and eating seasonal dishes with his superiors, colleagues and friends.
An udon noodle restaurant has reopened in a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant about a month after Japan's government lifted the area's evacuation order.
Yoshiharu Takahashi inherited the 60-year-old restaurant in Iitate from his father. But the 2011 nuclear accident forced him to evacuate to Fukushima City, where he set up his business again. Now, he's back on home turf.
Nishida Orchard raises 30 different kinds of fruit, giving priority to natural, organic cultivation. This is an advanced orchard that uses biodynamic agriculture methods where fruit is harvested according to the waxing and waning cycles of the moon.
Marushibori Straight Juice is made with shiranui citrus (usually called "dekopon") and Mochizuki Mikan (mandarin orange) only, all from the Nishida Orchard, squeezing the entire fruit, including the skin. A luxurious two kilograms of dekopon is used for a single liter of juice. In addition, the squeezed juice is bottled at low temperatures, unlike ordinary concentrated and reduced fruit juice. That is why the original, rich, fruity flavor of the fruit is preserved. Once the flowers fall off the trees and fruit forms, no pesticides are used for a completely safe and natural product.
Roswell Hosoki enjoys a tasty snack to enhance his drinking sessions, just like Sotatsu Iwama, the 30-something office worker character he created for his long-running manga series "Sake no Hosomochi" (The narrow road of drinking).
Each episode in the series, which is carried in the manga magazine Shukan Manga Goraku (Weekly manga goraku) published by Nihon Bungeisha Co., features a scene where the characters enjoy a drink. The short manga series has also been published in book form, reaching 40 volumes to date since its debut in 1994.