Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Every Spring my wife and I look forward to getting taranome when we go to our mountain villa in Yamanashi prefecture. Taranome are Spring shoots of the taranoki tree, one of the most common wild trees in Japan, although it gets increasingly scarce as urbanization spreads toward the countryside. People are generally allowed to get into another person's property to take taranome and other Spring shoots of wild trees without permission. Therefore, we were expecting to see many of the shoots taken out when we get to the villa. This May we were fortunate to have a few shoots left intact. The taranome tempura was very good.

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