Peter came home with a treasure; a fresh matsutake mushroom from Tohoku. It was a gift from the region where employees of Ito Corporation volunteered over the summer. They had sent a huge box of this autumnal delicacy foraged wild from the area, and it was shared among the volunteers. After all the hardships the people of Tohoku are facing, they took time and effort to send us their appreciation.
The matsutake is prized for its delicate and woodsy scent. And so to showcase its aroma, I thought I would make osuimono, which is a very light soup. The mushroom needed to be just gently simmered for a few minutes and it was done. When you have basic wonderfulness, it doesn't take much to highlight its beauty. Just like the people of Tohoku.