Yeah, yeah, I know – leaves glowing in autumnal splendor, fall evening clear and crisp, moon shining bright, pond like a mirror, and the photos are sure to wow the folks back home. But let’s go bottom line: it’s really all about the miso dango.
I’ve waited ALL YEAR for the Rikugi-en garden in Komagome to open up at night again for leaf-viewing, just so I can eat these gooey balls of delishitude on a stick. Skewered up and stuck in an old-fashioned rice-straw wreath, the freshly-pounded rice balls slowly melt into warm blobs of goodness, then are slathered in either miso or soy-based sauce. (I mention the latter only as a courtesy. Miso, all the way.)
Sorry, I just realized it’s slightly cruel to be describing these to you online, so here are some leaf pictures as slight compensation. Sadly, I can’t deliver them warm, with miso sauce.
If you’d like to visit Rikugi-en Garden the next time you’re in Tokyo, visit my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award because I love it. ^.^ I want to try that dango. http://nattan323.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/liebster-award/
Oh, wow! Thank you! ^^;; I’ll get right to work on nominating my 11 bloggers and answering your questions! The only pitfall is that whenever I go over to your blog, I end up still reading an hour later…
I could go for some dango right now! Describe away! Tell us more,
“Hana yori dango,” after all, right? （・ω・）
I think I’m more in the dango yori hana camp myself, preferring miso dango any day over flowers! (Although of course I loved the dorama. heh.)
Oh no! Did I get the phrase backward?? “Hana yori dango” > > “More than flowers, dango.”