In the midday scorching sunlight I happened to see a unique scene at the backyard of a certain hotel in Kyoto.A dozen of chefs were doing something with a serious look. There is a large block of ice and various kinds of tools such as a chisel, a knife and a saw on each table. They were creating ornaments of ice swans (maybe swan..) for the display of the banquet at night.
The older cook showed how to make one to the younger apprentices. The younger cooks looked very very serious.I suppose there must be a strict mentoring relationship between them.
I'm sure those ice ornaments will shine in the gorgeous party room and offer cool feeling to the guests.
The battle against the clock.