Cherry Blossom and Bamboo Season in Japan

Roy's friend the Japanese tea farmer Takada san sent some beautiful photos of this year's cherry blossoms in Japan that we wanted to share. He commented, "We can enjoy a lot of cherry trees along the river. We feel a big happiness watching them and getting the spring wind. I will go to my bamboo forest to get bamboo shoots and bring them to my friends." When I asked Roy how to prepare fresh young bamboo shoots he tossed off a couple of recipes:

I dug out bamboo shoots from one of the tea farms I visited while I was in China. I feel sorry for those who have never tasted fresh bamboo shoots. You slice them up and stir fry with pork and make a pork stew, or the Shanghai soup with their ham and fatty pork. Yum yum!