kajitsu calligraphy by Kurt Masur

Kajitsu - "Fine Day"

Kajitsu means "fine day", or "day of celebration" in Japanese.
We have chosen the name Kajitsu hoping that a visit here will always be a special occasion for our guests.

Shojin Cuisine

Shojin Cuisine

Shojin cuisine refers to a type of vegetarian cooking that originates in Zen Buddhism.
Even though it does not use meat or fish, shojin is regarded as the foundation of all Japanese cuisine,
especially kaiseki, the Japanese version of haute cuisine. In its present form kaiseki is a multi-course
meal in which fresh, seasonal ingredients are prepared in ways that enhance the flavor of
each component, with the finished dishes beautifully arranged on plates.
All of these characteristics come from shojin cuisine, which is still prepared in Buddhist temples
throughout Japan.

Square Triangle Circle calligraphy by Shiro Tsujimura

Square Triangle Circle

The shapes "Square Triangle Circle" were sketched by the Zen monk Sengai Osho (1750-1837), to illustrate one of the most essential principals of Zen: the journey to bring meaning out of something that seems to have none. At Kajitsu we use this symbol to show our respect for Zen philosophy and the traditions of shojin cuisine.

Pottery

In traditional Japanese cuisine the dishware is an integral part of the meal.
The dishes used at Kajitsu were specially selected for this space, and include pieces created by
master Japanese potters over 200 years ago as well as works by modern ceramic artists.
Since the unique color and quality of these pieces cannot be reproduced, dishes are carefully repaired
if they are chipped or damaged. You may notice small patches on some of the dishes used at Kajitsu;
this is an indication of our deep respect for the work of old masters,
and for the shojin tradition of frugality and respect.

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