Japan's country-wide home delivery service is probably the most efficient, speedy and convenient system in the world. You could literally get anything, ANYTHING, delivered to your doorstep in a matter of hours. It puts FedEx to shame, shame, shame. You can even get your suitcase delivered to your house from the airport! GENIUS!
My aunt received a box of these lovely maitake mushrooms from a friend, oh you know, just because. That's another thing I love about Japan- people are always randomly sending each other FOOD.
Maitake is the essence of autumn in Japan. "Seasonal" is an understatement. They are delicate and smell of deep earth perfume. When they are carefully handled, they look like large pieces of flowering fans.
I prefer them in nabe (hotpot) or fried tempura style. Mmmm. Happy Autumn to all!