Last weekend there was a Tohoku festival at a local Japanese food store where they offered this excellent sake, and while I am not knowledgable on grading sake I do enjoy good sake, I prefer it chilled, I got one of the big bottles and almost drank the whole thing while eating sushi over a period of about about two hours of time.
There are many good sakes, This one called Suijin, a junmai ‘“super dry” sake with is a ki-seto guimoni by Kagami Masakane, son of Kagami Shugai.
For my birthday I usually buy this one, Okunomatsu Ginjo, another favorite if only because of the beautiful label with the daruma looking kanji. I usually use my bizen guinomi and tokkuri by Nakamura Makoto, son of Nakamura Rokuro. Bizen is ash glazed in the kiln and is wonderful for drinking sake or beer. this style tokkuri was made both Makotoa and his father, they were known as the Kings of Shuki.
An added treat at the Tohoku festival were these two shiokaras which go
good GREAT with sake, if you like shiokara though for many its like natto, an acquired taste.
When I visit San Francisco I often walk by a specific building. its always there, in the same place, though often the rest of the visual is different. Now of course with the Sales Force building its no longer the only site in the sky. Here are some different views from different places in the city.
There are different angles from which to see this building, I think this is coming down Russian Hill approaching Chinatown
Framed off by tress somewhere on Telegraph Hill, this may be the street where in the beginning of the Monk tv show he is walking along, touches the stop sign and walks across the street or maybe its the next street over.
The parrots were in force in this small park on Russian Hill one afternoon, hundreds of them eating little fruits in the trees and aggressively chasing away the robins. A winter day, though not like Boston, still the winter is nice time for late afternoon sun, Salesforce had not yet appeared when I made this image.
A view from Telegraph Hill
Reflection in the windows of the Maritime building
San Francisco is a visually interesting place to walk, I like to take BART somewhere and then get off and walk around, Its very accessible though I am not sure about the safety of all neighborhoods, its not like Tokyo which is safe for tourists to freely explore.
And unfortunately there are many homeless people. I have no solution, no answer, I am fortunate to have a house and a little money to pay my way, but sill no solution. Perhaps there will always be some people who cannot get it together to find a way to get the basics, and yet so many who do find a way have so much hate against those who do not . I cannot forget the uncontrollable gleeful and joyful expressions displayed on the faces of Republicans when they removed 24 million low income people from health care.
Phake photo but imagine what an adventure to be driving a green Mustang at high speed and come upon this spot . . . would you shoot out like a bullet from hell?
A garden on top of a parking lot, the Comedy Club is on the left out of site!
The windows of the building across the street reflects the afternoon light
Exploring San Francisco you may encounter noir moments patiently waiting for something to happen, just around a corner or down a small alleyway street in San Francisco.