When:  Saturday from 17:00-21:00

Where:  Highgate Lane Bake House

The winter solstice or touji (冬至) in Japan heralds the lengthening of days and new beginnings.

There are a few traditions to be observed, one we can help with and one you’ll have to arrange for yourself.

We can of course help you with food! It’s auspicious to eat food ending in “nn” (ん) as it’s the last sound in the Japanese alphabet and represents the last shortened day before a new beginning. Pumpkin is an important food at this time of year as it is a symbol of the sun and opposes the long night of the solstice. Adzuki beans are also commonly eaten in a rice porridge as the red of the beans is said to drive away the ominous night.

We’ve taken these concepts to come up with the following menu:

Oden stack – $17

Adzuki mushroom risotto – $10

Pumpkin Mont Blanc – $5

One of everything – $30

A portion of the proceeds from each meal sold will go to Peanuts Funny Farm. You can find more information about the great work they do on their page and their website:

The second tradition is to have a bath filled with yuzu citrus, but you’re on your own for that one!

. All food is vegan, the oden and risotto are gluten free. If you would like a gluten free Mont Blanc, please contact us before the event and we can arrange it for you.

. No bookings necessary, just walk in.

. We’ll make sure the heaters are on!

. Some small board games will be available for those so inclined.

. We’ll provide hot beverages on the night.