Yokohama I: Engagement (Konyaku 婚約)
An engagement (konyaku 婚約) is a very special celebration indeed. There are several dishes with ingredients that symbolized longevity (like the mochi) and happiness (symbolized by the chrysanthemum). Each dish was presented in a very creative way, without sparing deliciousness. The final dish was a chirashi zushi that was prepared to be eaten in two phases, the first, as chirashi zushi, and the second, as an oka-yu (a Japanese-style porridge we have often eaten as children in the winter to warm us up or when we were sick), which is made by adding hot water to rice.