★Zenkoji temple in Nagano★
Arrived in Nagano, finished our lunch at the soba restaurant
, and we met our friend Milo. He took us the most famous temple in Nagano named Zenkoji
as in the above picture.
The right & left side of the street, there are a lot of shops like a souvenir shop, a small cafe selling a snack called Oyaki, and more. I finally had no chance to taste an Oyaki throughout the trip, which was a regret. Oyaki looked like a bun with bean-jam filling, and for its filling, there are 4 or 5 options we can choose from.
Zenkoji is famous for Shichimi chili pepper. (七味唐辛子） Shichi = 7 and mi = tastes, and so, Shichimi means 7 different tastes. In fact it’s a mixture of 7 ingredients in good balance.
Shichimi is used especially for soba and udon, or anything as a spicy seasoning.
-canned shichimi for souvenir-
-wooden sign for shichimi-
-Shichimi means 7 ingredients' pepper-