I would like to introduce an interesting café today called the Tsukemono café in Asama Onsen.
Tsukemono means Japanese pickles. Tsukemono are usually made from vegetables and salt, and are quite salty.
The Tsukemono café we went to displayed many kinds of Tsukemono and all of them were made by people who live in the area. I went there with my friends who were visiting me from Tokyo and we ordered the Oyaki set, which came with three kinds of Tsukemono, an Oyaki (Nagano’s favorite Japanese stuffed dumpling), and Japanese tea.
As you can see in the picture, all of us had different kinds of Tsukemono. We tried all of the Tsukemono there and they were very delicious. Included in these were Japanese plum, Japanese radish, turnip, eggplant, Chinese cabbage, Nozawana, and others. At this Café, you can also buy other local products.
My friends and I really had a good time talking about our old memories while having Tsukemono and tea. It made us feel peaceful and pleasant. I think Tsukemono is one of our soul foods!
Tsukemono Café (Japanese site)