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    Obaku style Fucha shojin Zen vegetarian cuisine amongst beautiful surroundings

    Shojin ryori is a traditional Buddhist vegetarian diet with four major styles.  Fucha ryori is one brought to Japan in the 17th century by Ingen, a Buddhist monk belonging to the Obaku Zen sect.  Hakuun-an is located just in front of Manpuku-ji Temple, the headquarters temple of the Obaku sect in Uji City.  Though using no animal products, every dish has a rich taste with kidzu arrowroot starch and plant oil.  Dishes are served on a large plate and diners help themselves to as much as they like.  This is very different from other shojin ryori styles.  During spring cherry blossom season, they add some pickled plum to the rice giving it a nice, faintly pink color and sprinkle on some salted cherry flowers and leaves when serving.  The shojin ryori set is priced at between 5,250 and 8,400 yen and comes with two soups and six dishes.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. and introduced in "Nihon Zenkoku Sakura No Bimi Techo", Fujin-gaho, April issue, 2012


    Name Hakuun-an
    Address 30 Gokasho Nishiura, Uji City, Kyoto
    Tel 0774-32-0700
    Hours 11:00-17:00
    Closed Thurs. (open if Thurs. is a national holiday)
    URL http://www.hakuunan.com/
    Recommended The large plate in the photo is Futami Koya dried tofu, Yomogi tofu, simmered sea weed, Obaku tofu, field mustard rolled with yuba, etc.