September 28th, Friday:
- Satsuma Soup (Sweet potato, Daikon Radish, Konnyaku, Green onion, Burdock, Winter Mushroom)
- Sesame Dressed Vegetables (Spinach, Bean sprout, Carrot, Fried Chikuwa Surimi)
- Spring Roll
- Kcal: 838
Satsuma Soup is a dish from the Satsuma Province. Satsuma is the old name for Kagoshima Prefecture and it has developed a unique food culture due to the climate and natural disasters.
I love the Satsuma Province. It is a great place which has given us so many wonderful things. Not only do the Satsuma Potato (a sweet potato) and Satsuma Orange (a sweet mandarin) come from there, but a lot of sweet people come from there too, including Saigo Takamori of The Last Samurai fame and Ohkubo Toshimichi, who went on the Iwakura Mission.
The charming admiral, Togo Heihachiro, is also from Satsuma province. He was really awesome: not only did he run circles around the Chinese and Russians as an admiral, he kept his diary in English, enjoyed British sailor food, made the cover of Time Magazine, and became a God after death.