It was a chilly damp day, so I took every opportunity to refuel myself.
Cafe Life Force-Macrobiotic desserts and snacks
Chocolate cake & Soy Latte (w/ beet sugar on the side).
While strolling around Engaku-ji (Kitakamakura), I paused for this lovely outdoor snack. I've had bottled amazake before-but the fresh sweet fermented rice beverage (with ginger) was something quite special. I also had oshiruko, a sweet aduki bean soup w/ mochi balls.
Across the street from Kencho-ji (Kitakamakura) is Gozan, an unassuming noodle shop specializing in Ken-Chin soup, based on Shojin (the veg monk diet). I had the Ken-Chin w/ Udon and massive veggies. In order to fully appreciate udon, one is supposed to slurp the noodles. Check your old school table manners at the door and relish in the delicious udon.