Seasonal Food in September in Japan
I am going to Japan for 12 days in the first two weeks of September 2010. I will be in Tokyo most of the time, planning to do 2 days in Kyoto and 1 day trip to Osaka. It is overwhelming the amount of places to go eat in these three places :)
I would like to know what are the seasonal foods (fish/seafood/fruits/desserts/etc) to look out for in September when I'm in these 3 cities.
Thank you very much in advance!
fish-sanma, try it grilled
fruit-Japanese pears (nashi)
there will probably be matsutake mushrooms available by then too... a lot of places do matsutake theme menus
Most decent restaurants will be offering seasonal fare, so you needn't worry too much about seeking it out.
matsutake are pine mushrooms and can be found in many places in the world. but the ones grown in japan are considered to have the best aroma. (I have tasted other asians ones and were very disappointed. both japanese ones and asians ones have delicate smell but they were clearly different. and, i have not had truffle before so i cannot compare but matsutake does not have that kind of strong aroma.)
so if you want to try them, i would recommend kappou restaurants. (not every kappou restaurants serve matsutake, though. but the good thing is if you go to the kappou, you can always expect seasonal dishes.)
ps. matsutake are very expensive today but i heard that maybe 50 years ago, they were very common food in japan because the nature was intact then...