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will work for hamachi!KAISEKI RYÔRI cont.

It is said that a Japanese meal is a communion with nature. You will note that ingredients are all natural, of high quality, absolutely fresh, and served in a simple, uncluttered manner which reflect their state in nature undistorted by sauces. They are served with as little delay as possible after being prepared.
The Japanese believe that nature is the greatest artist. Design and display of food reflects nature's shapes—the islands, mountains, forests, leaves and flowers. The Japanese have made an art out of cutting and peeling foods into nature's shapes, an art called mukimono. Garnishes are used to symbolize the seasons and seasonal rituals, not just to bring out the flavors of dishes. As in nature, food displays contain contrasting elements of color, shape, flavor, consistency and texture and are arranged and presented on plates and bowls of varying shapes and textures. Repetition and its counterpart in art, symmetry, is consciously avoided, perhaps because it does not reflect the reality of nature which is change.
The kaiseki menu follows a seasonal cycle in keeping with the dictum of perfect freshness. This cycle starts in November when the year's first tea is ready for grinding. The year is then divided into the 12 months, each with a seasonal spirit reflecting Japanese customs and tradition. The kaiseki menu and tableware are varied according to this seasonal spirit. Thus when you order a course meal, you are sure to get the best seasonal food available in Japan.

The Kaiseki Seasonal Cycle
Month
Seasonal Spirit
November
Beginning anew
December
Cold, freshness
January
Hope for long life (symbolized by pines) and prosperity
(symbolízed by plums)
February
Anticipation
March
Women's spirit: orderliness
April
Spring, climax (symbolized by cherry blossoms)
May
Man's spirit: bravery and heartiness (symbolized by the spawning carp)
June
Escape, rest
July
Heat, zestiness
August
Penitence, fasting
September
Awe, mystery, reverence
October
Reflection, nostalgia, philosophical balance, transience

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