Nagoshi no Oharai


Today is the halfway point of the year, and there is a Shinto ceremony called "Nagoshi no Oharai". So I went to Takamatsu Shinmei Jinjya in Kyoto.


Takamatsu Shinmei Jinjya is a very small shrine in Nakagyo.


It was early in the morning, so there were only a few worshippers.


We can purify ourselves by passing through a ring of thatch. I prayed for gratitude and good health for the next six months.
posted by toons at 18:49 | diary


Hydrangea season


The hydrangea season has arrived. It is blooming brightly all over the city.

In Kyoto, the rainy season started on May 16, the fastest ever.
However, it didn't rain much in June. Finally, it has come back rainy weather since last week.

The rainy depressing weather will continue for a while, but the hydrangea flowers will comfort us.
posted by toons at 21:47 | diary


New wooden wrist rest for Majestouch NINJA keyboard.

Lately, my wrist has not been feeling well... I've been feeling numb at a moment's notice...

With the addition of a MacBook Air (M1) last month, I've been using three PCs at the same time, and I think this is one of the reasons for my problem.

The angle of my wrist changes each time I use the keyboard of each machine, and it seems that I have what is called tendinitis in my wrist.

My keyboard for Win10 PC is FILCO's "Majestouch NINJA Tenkeyless" that got two years ago.


"Majestouch NINJA Tenkeyless" is used the Cherry MX mechanical switch, and it gives a very solid key touch. It has cool black keys with no letters printed on the key tops. However, the key position is a bit high, which seems to be a problem for my wrist.

Due to a stand-alone keyboard, I used to use a low-resilience urethane wrist rest, but I haven't used it recently because it is for a full-size keyboard and takes up unnecessary space.

Without the wrist rest, my wrist became unstable, which seemed to be the trigger for this problem.

Then I thought about buying a new stable wooden wrist rest, but well, it's kind of expensive and the quality difference seems to be huge, so I decided to make it myself!


I found a lot of solid Shimanto River Hinoki (Japanese cypress) at Celia, a hundred yen store, so bought some wood with good grain for my DIY.

I made a wooden wrist rest using this solid Shimanto River Hinoki wood!


This piece of wood measures 30cm x 10cm x 1cm, but it was a little too thin so I glued two pieces together. Since it is natural solid wood, it will inevitably warp, but I glued them together to offset that.


Referring to various natural wood wrist rests on the web, I used a plane to cut the top curve for the wrist rest and rounded the side edges so that it would not be painful.


The width is 30cm, but it's enough to cover the main key area. It's just the right size for the Majestouch MINILA or HHKB, which are one size smaller.


I was going to leave it unpainted and use it as plain wood, but I was afraid that it would get stained by hand, so I decided to use an oil finish. I polished it clean with 400 sandpaper before painting.


This is "Oshima Tsubaki 100% Camellia Oil", which I bought for the maintenance of my wooden comb. It's a bit expensive, so I couldn't use it to paint the handcraft speakers the other day.


I applied a thin coat of camellia oil to the entire surface, and it brought out the beautiful grain of the wood. The penetration of the oil doesn't seem to be that great, so I feel like I need to apply it multiple times.

Camellia oil is widely used as hair care oil, so it should be safe for living organisms.

New wrist rest has the gentle feel of natural wood, and the angle of my wrist is eased, so I don't feel too tired.

This one is self-made and can be tweaked later, so I'll try it out for a while!
posted by toons at 21:48 | PC


Roasted Magret Canard


Magre Canard from Hungary.

I got it at the Kyoto Central Market.

It is a Murar duck from which the Foie Gras is harvested, and is reasonably priced for such a large piece of duck meat.


Roast duck using low-temperature cooking method!


Cleaned the duck meat of excess fat, stringy meat, and a few feathers left in the skin.


Cut the skin side of the duck into dice and add very light salt and my original spices (black pepper, coriander, cardamom, garlic, etc.) to the lean side.

Then vacuum pack it with FoodSaver!


The low-temperature cooking is done by BONIQ and the preparation conditions are 57°C, 90 minutes.


After the completion of low-temperature cooking, the vacuum pack is immediately removed and quenched with ice water. This is to pass through the temperature zone where bacteria can easily grow in as short a time as possible. It is OK if the temperature drops to near ice temperature.

When the temperature of the meat has dropped sufficiently, remove it from the vacuum pack, wipe the surface of the meat well to remove moisture and oil, and sprinkle salt and spices again.



After letting the meat rest in the refrigerator for a while, I browned the surface in a pan. When the skin was browned, it was ready. The Maillard reaction will give it a very fragrant aroma!



It would be better to let it cool down for a while after baking the surface to make it more moist, but I cut it a little too quickly.


CALERA Pinot Noir from California's Central Valley, served with herbs from my own garden and mashed potatoes!

It had a firm bite, fatty and meaty flavor. And It was also wonderfully balanced with the sauce made from strawberry confiture and balsamic, sansho flavored oil, and sea salt from the Noto Peninsula.

I had made this dish for a home party a few years ago, but it took a bit of time. This time, the cooking process was well established and I think it turned out very well. Next time, I'll use Challandais duck.
posted by toons at 22:57 | diary