Memoirs of a Geisha is a novel set in Kyoto, Japan, that follows the life of Sayuri, a geisha, before, during and after World War II.
Where possible, I’ve included descriptions and some links to recipes and more information.
Green tea: a herbal drink with numerous health benefits
Sake: an alcoholic beverage, made from fermented rice. We came across this sake glossary for those who want to know more
Amakuchi: a very light sweet sake
Scotch and water
Grilled sea bass, pickles, soup and steamed rice: We love the sound of this Miso-Marinated Sea Bass recipe from Rasa Malaysia.
A rice ball sprinkled with sesame seeds, wrapped in a lotus leaf: Rice balls are apparently called onigiri in Japanese, and often have fillings such as pickled plum or grilled salmon.
Miso soup: A soup made of a stock called dashi (kelp and/or sardine based) and miso paste.
Sweet rice cake: Also called Mochi. I’m actually going to point you to a Mochi recipes Pinterest board for this one. So many recipes out there!
Charcoal roasted squid
“and if she felt hungry, she certainly wasn’t going to stroll into the kitchen to prepare something by herself— such as an umeboshi ochazuke, which was a favourite snack of hers, made with leftover rice and pickled sour plums, soaked in hot tea.”
Sweet plum or cherry (the syrup flavours that goes on top of shaved ice)
Matcha: A fine green tea powder
Red rice: rice mixed with red beans
Two grilled, salted ayu and two steamed crabs: Ayu is also called sweetfish
Sweet rice cakes roasted with miso paste
Sashimi: thinly sliced pieces of fresh meat or fish
Ekubo: a sweet rice cake, with red circle dimple in the centre (for mizuage, the lose of virginity (describe better)
Tai no usugiri: paper thin slices of sea bream, fanned out on a leaf shaped plate served with ponzu sauce:
Rice mixed with red adzuki beans
Rising Sun Lunch Box: a pickled plum in the centre of rice
Weak broth with a few noodles
Watery rice gruel flavoured with potato skins
Nukapan: fried rice bran with wheat flour
Dried whale meat
Sausage from seals
Yam boiled in soy sauce and sugar
Yellow custard with ginko nuts
Grilled tropical fish