Kakunodate in Senboku-City, Akita Prefecture, is often called “a Little Kyoto” in Tohoku region for its townscape which still has the atmosphere of the Edo Period.
We visited the town at the beginning of August, when the temperature soared up to 35℃ and humidity was high. We realized that Kakunodate is surrounded by mountains on three sides forming a basin where the hot air stay.
At lunchtime, we visited a Japanese Kaiseki cuisine restaurant, "INAHO". The beautiful Japanese garden, traditional house specialties, tasteful food and table wares were feast on our eyes. They serve local and house specialties by giving a slight twist. French bread with a fish soup flavor. For example, Egg custard (Chawanmushi) in a tomato soup, Udon noodles with a cherry blossom flavor and so on.
A lady who served dishes, landlady were so nice and courteously attentive to us and kindly explained about their house specialties, local food and how to grill Kiritanpo on the stove.
"INAHO", a Japanese Kaiseki Suisine Restaurant in Kakunodate
French bread &
French bread with fish soup flavor
Inaniwa Udon noodle
and "Iburi-gakko"(smoked raddish pickles)
Savory egg custard in a tomato soup
"KIRITANPO" (hot-pot with rice sticks) with house specialty sauce
(Okura, Kiritanpo- rice sticks, Iburi-gakko pickles, Japanese ginger)
Junsai soaked in vinegar
An entrance to "INAHO"