Postcards from Japan: Enjoying a Zen Buddhist meal

Postcards from Japan: Enjoying a Zen Buddhist meal
By Seamus Kearney

<p>In this last episode of Postcards from Japan, we’re back in Kyoto, to take the time to enjoy some traditional cuisine. </p> <p>As well as discovering the amazing restaurants, visitors can also combine a temple visit with a unique culinary experience known as Shojin-Ryori. </p> <div style="width:280px; float:right; margin:20px;"> <div style="border-top: #333 3px double; border-bottom: #333 3px double; font-size:12px; padding-top:16px;"> <h3>Key facts about Japan:</h3> <ul> <li>It is an island nation in East Asia</li> <li>The population is more than 127m</li> <li>Land area is just under 378,000 km2</li> <li>The country’s currency is the Yen</li> <li>Main religions are Shinto & Buddhism</li> </ul> </div> </div> <p>Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “This special Zen Buddhist meal is known in Japan as devotion cuisine.</p> <p>“And it’s in temples like this that the various vegetarian and vegan dishes are prepared, by experts who say that simplicity and harmony are key.”</p> <p>Absolutely nothing is wasted in the preparation, with only fresh vegetables used – some unique to the region – as well as tofu.</p> <p>Genbo Nishikawa, the Abbott & Shojin-Ryori chef at the Torin-in Temple, told Postcards: “The most important thing in Shojin-Ryori is to fully bring out the characteristics of the ingredients such as the shape, the colour and the flavour.”</p> <p>And after a quick sample it’s time to give the taste buds a treat, with a meal that’s made even more special in the sacred surroundings.</p>