The first Sunday in April is the Festival of the Iron Phallus. We have been told that it is considered a fertility festival. You can see thousands of people with pops shaped as a penis or vagina. It might seem shocking to most, but after walking amongst the pop-eating crowd for a few minutes, you relax and begin to realize that no one is offended (and you probably shouldn’t be either!). I believe it is a beautiful thing to celebrate it in this way. Many people take pictures with the phallus symbols around the shrine and buy small totems or wooden phallus gifts as souvenirs and as trinkets for good luck and possible aid in conceiving. I am not concrete on details, so feel free to correct me and to Google!!
Yuzu (Japanese Lemon) and honey syrup and his and hers chopsticks for the home, from our trip to Kamakura! We were given a sample of yuzu in a store, and we loved it so much, we bought a liter of the mix!
I’m not sure if you can buy this overseas, but the instructions say to mix a 1:5 ratio. They also had other flavors such as blueberry and honey, and raspberry and honey!
Lunch today in Kamakura. This meal was a vegetable and seafood tempura with miso soup (bottom right) and sauced and I believe pickled veggies. Then some cold tofu and rice. In some restaurants, they cover the miso soup with another bowl, possibly to keep it warm until you are ready to eat. The drink is a fruit jelly infused carbonated soda, which was very delicious!! My husband couldn’t stop drinking it, and eventually, let me have the best of the drink: the fruit jelly at the bottom!