Saturday, December 31, 2011

X-mas in Germany, food and fun

As usual, we use to spend X-mas and new years eve in Germany with my father. We always enjoy the quiet time we have there and... of course the wonderful and delicious German food.

My father places the presents under the tree, Tsuyoshi is the chef of the Wine-cellar and I prepare the food. We mostly eat all kinds of fish-salad and a shrimp-cocktail, my mom used to make.

The next day we eat duck...

First of all, the kids prepare the potatoe-dumplings, typical for German style food (Braten).

and here is the whole meal... crispy duck, red cabbage, sauce and potatoe dumpling.
We also visited a lot of restaurants we always do, but I did not take any photos of it this time, because I already wrote about it here last year^^ 

Well, this time we drove to Darmstadt. This is the Mathildenhöhe. It looks a little bit grey and dark in Winter, but in Spring and Summer it's a more beautiful place.

We had a new and wonderful culinaric experience yesterday though...
My father invited us to the Klosterschänke of Kloster Eberbach. A historic cloister in the famous Rheingau.

I had Riesling-soup

and goose with red-wine sauce...

the kids ate boar-meat...

and Tsuyoshi and my Dad took the deer. All of the dishes were delicious and the cloister-beer, too. I hope we can visit here in Summer someday, too. The historic buildings and the view are beautiful.


Today is new years eve and I still have a lot to prepare, so I want to wish everybody a happy new year... see you in 2012 !!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

new available postcard-sized art

Here is some availabe postcard-sized art from me. Each piece is 3000 Jpn Yen.
All paintings are originals, 10x14,8cm.
The price includes framing and shipping.
Please contact me for further information.

*** In a private collection ***

*** in a private collection ***

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hiking at Furuyu

This Sunday, we decided to hike Jouyama (城山) near Furuyu (古湯), which is an old Onsen-village with many hot-spas. The nature here is still more Autumn than Winter...

And you can still see typical Japanese Autumn-colors...

The entrance is beside an old, beautiful Shrine.

And on the side of the hiking trail are the ruins of some medieval houses, along with beautiful japanese Maple.

Rocks in this area are very high quality, so people used them to build residences, statues and shrine-gates.

After a one hour hike we reached the top. Down there you see the village, where we started.
If the weather is good, you can see Kuju-mountains from here.

The castle was built on this spot, but only the old pine-trees remained.
Later we took a bath in the Onsen and bought some vegetables from the farmers...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kinuko Nagae-Exhibition of a wonderful friend

Please let me announce the exhibition of a brilliant artist and wonderful friend:
Kinuko Nagae (永江絹子)

If you have the chance, visit her exhibition at the Gallery "Ruhe"

And please check out more of her beautiful art at:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Higedaruma at Fukuoka

one of the most lovely and delicious Izakaya in Fukuoka is definetelly the "Higedaruma" in Meinohama (ひげだるま). It has a wonderful atmosphere and always the best seasonal fish and vegetables.

This was the starter, which is always serverd with beer...


fried Oyster...

eel Tenpura...

Monday, November 21, 2011

New works

Finally back to my brushes and canvas I was able to do 3 paintings (German landscapes this time).
Here where the Sasanqua are blooming at the moment and the trees are full of Oranges it's quite difficult to get into Autumn-mood. So I tried to get that feeling through my paintings.
The one above are some churchtowers in Wuerzburg.
It's Acrylic and airbrush on Canvas (size is about 15x17 cm)
Original is available.

This is a typical German Autumn landscape, which came to my mind...
Acrylics and Airbrush on canvas.
Size is 17x15cm
Original available.

And here is a landscape from the Rhoen-mountains.
Acrylics, watercolor, ink and airbrush on paper.
Size is about 25x35cm
Original available.

Have a wonderful Autumn !!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn walk at nijo

This weekend we went to Nijo (二丈), a small town near Nanayama, with a beautiful valley.

This is the view from Ringobashi (Applebridge/りんご橋)...

and here you can already see the sasanqua-flowers. It's what I love here so much. Even in Winter, you can see flowers blooming...

This is typical Japanese country side. I hope and pray that people find a way to preserve it... those old farms and villages are the CORE of Japan. 

Later, since the weather was nice, we decided to drive up to Kagami-yama and enjoy the view over Karatsu.

In the evening we went to a wonderful Italian restaurant (da Ciruzzo) in Imajuku.
The food is delicious and the service excellent. We will definettely come again.
This are some antipasti.

Quattro formaggi pizza...

... and deer carpaccio. YUMMY !!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Finally mushrooms

After all the wonderful exhibitions and the kids' music festival in school,
we decided to take a break and drove into the woods for a mushroom hunt.
To our surprise, the forest was FULL of shrooms. We found masses of "Numeriiguchi"
(suillus luteus)...

Hatsutake (lactarius hatsudake)...

AND, the biggest surprise were 2 Matsutake (Tricholoma matsutake). Tsuyoshi almost stumbled over them and could not believe his own eyes. It was the first time we found some...

Here you see a close up of them. We had them with clear Japanese soup and they were delicious !!!

And here is the rest of the hunt. The green color comes from the Hatsutake. They turn green after you cut them. Actually, I wanted to take pictures of our mushroom dinner, but everybody was so hungry, that I had no chance ^^". Well, if the weather is good, we will be off to the woods next weekend again. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"10. couleur exposition" photos

Yesterday, I had a wonderful day at the gallery Tokunaga at the first day of our group-exhibition.
I could only stay until 3 p.m but already many people came to see the show.

Here are some photos...