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  • The lake is usually filled with a flowering plant called junsai and is stocked with carp, which always appear on the approach of visitors, expecting to be fed.

    Travels in the Far East


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    "A member of the water lily family, junsai grows in clumps in natural ponds and irrigation reservoirs. A perennial water grass, junsai's flower is a deep maroon-red. It is the young, unfurled sprout covered in a slippery, transparent jelly, which is the culinary item prized by so many Japanese. Fresh sprouts come to market early in the summer.

    Junsai and related Brasenia water plants grow in lakes, ponds and slow streams in many parts of the world, including much of North America and Europe. "

    September 9, 2010

  • "I nodded, swallowing a mouthful of clear soup with fresh junsai greens."

    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin, p 68

    September 9, 2010