maruyama

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The Great Proposal-Off

“Tonight, we bring you ‘The Great Proposal-Off’!
Everyone’s going to get exactly one minute to propose.
Who will move you?!
Which one gets your heart pounding?!!
Whose proposal will win your heart?!!!”

(Brought to you by Akito Kakiuchi’s ‘Dangerously in Love’ route.)

Looking Outside from Inside Kagetsu by Rekishi no Tabi on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Founded in 1642, Kagetsu is perhaps the oldest restaurant in Nagasaki. Located in the old red light district of Maruyama, Kagetsu to this day serves exquisite shippoku cuisine, combining the best of Chinese, Western and Japanese cooking, embodying the spirit of Nagasaki’s position as the gateway to Japan during the approximate 200 years of national seclusion in the Edo period. During this time, only the Dutch and Chinese were allowed the right to trade with Japan, and it was all done in Nagasaki.

Being the premier restaurant in Maruyama, Kagetsu had a very distinguished list of guests, both foreign and Japanese, including Sakamoto Ryoma and other revolutionaries who helped plot the downfall of the Shogunate. In a drunken state of excitement one night, Ryoma drew his sword and hacked away at some woodwork. The scars are still visible. And unlike the sword scars at the Teradaya in Kyoto, these scars are the real deal.

Maruyama still has an active geisha community and it possible to arrange for geisha entertainment at Kagetsu while enjoying the amazing cuisine.

3月11日の「その瞬間」、私はちょうど関ジャニ∞の丸山隆平クンを取材していました。百戦錬磨のアイドルだけに、揺れ始めのときは動じず話し続けていた丸山クン。ただ、スタジオの重い鉄の引き戸が、揺れで面白いほどスライドするのを見て、「ちょっとテーブルの下にもぐりましょう」とライターと私を誘導。出口確保のために引き戸を必死で押さえるスタジオマンに彼は「そんなのいいから、こっちこっち!」と声を上げました。誤解を恐れず言えば、その行動はどんな言葉よりも説得力があり、この人の“人なり”がすべて見えた瞬間でした。関西出身の彼は思えば阪神大震災の経験者。冷静でいられた陰に、その記憶があったのかもしれません。焦るへっぽこ編集者から、この場を借りて感謝を。そして被災者の皆さんの平穏を。(木村尚恵)