Japan Culture Project -Shishimai Series-
It is addition, what are you interested in about Japan?
Food? History? Fashion? There are no limits to give more example.
Then, we will give a unique topic. Especially, we'll give you some information about Japanese performing arts peculiar to a locality.
Eating more than paid in buffet restaurant?
A buffet is a system where you can eat whatever you like within the prescribed time.
If you don't eat more, you will be lost! And if you think so, you may unknowingly eat too much.
However, do you know how much you need to eat in the buffet restaurant so that you would not be lost?
Then this article will help you solve such questions in the buffet restaurants.
Japan's Best Seasoning Series!
In 2013, "washoku (Japanese traditional food culture)" was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The winning express of gentle and healthy Japanese cuisine is based on the use of unique Japanese seasonings!
Seasonings can be easily purchased in places like convenience stores or supermarkets, and they are the must-have item for Japanese families! This time I will introduce some of Japan's best seasonings to you.
Let's take a look at the latest Japanese Mother's Day gift!
In Japan, shortly after the May Day Golden Week, it will be the "Mother's Day".
Just like the United States and Australia, Japanese Mother’s Day is also on the second Sunday in May of every year, so the 2018 Mother’s Day in Japan will be on May 13.
Then let's take a look at the gifts for Japanese Mother's Day.
Need-To-Know for Ramen Fancier! How to buy meal coupons?
Ramen is Japan's national food, and has the same high popularity with sushi and tempura!
There are many ramen restaurants throughout the Japan so that you can enjoy delicious ramen anywhere. But for foreigners, it is still a bit difficult to eat authentic ramen...!
"GOMAYA KUKI", a speciality store sells sesame ice cream which is the world's most flavorful !?
Speaking of Japan's unique taste,
many people will think of matcha, plums, and azuki beans...
But this time we want to introduce to you the "sesame"!
In Omotesando, Tokyo, there is a speciality store"GOMAYA KUKI",
which is known as its world's most flavorful sesame ice cream.
As a new Japan's unique taste, the ice cream here is the most delicate
and tasteful that you can enjoy the unprecedented delicacy of sesame!
A coffee shop where you may meet with Buddhist monk! Tera Cafe Daikanyama!
In addition to tasting washoku, you can also experience Buddhist scriptures transcription, rosary making and so on at Tera Cafe Daikanyama, where is a coffee shop to realize Buddhism with a light heart.This time I have gone to this shop with an individual style.
The flavour of curry is ranged from sweet to spicy, then how many levels is it divided?
Do you like curry? The sweet curry or spicy curry, which one is your favorite?
In Japan, the flavour of curry is roughly divided into 5 levels from sweet to spicy.
Today, I will tell you about the heat levels of Japanese curries.
Fish cuisine in spring
Spring comes after winter. Do you know the word ""harutugeuo""? It is the fish that announces the coming of spring. When the weather warms up, flowers will bloom and fish will come back.
Well, this time I will introduce to you the delicious fish cuisine in spring of Japan.
How much do you know about Japanese cuisine made from soybeans?
Do you like soybeans? For Japanese people, soybean is a very important source of protein. In Japanese cuisine, people often use processed soybeans, which are not only delicious but also beneficial to the body.
Well, let me introduce the processed foods made with Japanese soybeans.
What shall we do when encounter the huge earthquake?
When talking about Japan, people will think of attractions, food, culture ... and so many funny stuffs. However, the "earthquake" may strike Japan from time to time. Whether or not you have ever suffered an earthquake, I would like to introduce to you about the response options in the event of huge earthquake to reduce losses.
Various new drinking method of nihonshu!
Nihonshu is the wine made from rice, water and koji. Although it is enough to make Japanese proud, yet many Japanese are not good at drinking...
And some people want to drink it, but the alcohol of nihonshu is about 15-16 degrees, so they are afraid to have a try.
For such people and those who like drinking nihonshu, I'd like to recommend some new drinking method of nihonshu which can be mixed at home.
Celebrate the Momonosekku
The "Momonosekku" is a spring festival that shall be celebrated on March 3. This festival is also known as the "Hinamatsuri", on this day, people will take some traditional activities such as dressing up dolls or eating special cuisine of Momonosekku to pray for girls'healthy growth and getting happiness. This time, I will introduce to you this "Hinamatsuri".
In 2017, these things are very popular in Japan!
Do you know which products were burglary sold in 2017 for Japanese explosive buying?
In a word, the key word is "substantial".
These popular products have a tendency that they could make your daily life colorful, so that you can spend a comfortable and enjoyable leisure time in your own home.
This time, let's take a look at the hot items in Japan in 2017.
We hope girls can grow up healthily, so the Hinamatsuri emerged as the times require.
On March 3 of each year, the Japanese celebrate a festival which is called "Hinamatsuri".
For the girls' healthy growth, people of families or in the town will take a variety of activities to celebrate such festival. Then, what will do on Hinamatsuri? Let's learn about it together.
Warm Welcome from OITA-1-
Oita Prefecture is located in northern Kyushu,
a region known as the "Gateway to Asia".
It is filled with hot springs (onsen), where visitors soak away
their stress in natural baths. It's also a place where the food
and the lifestyle are close to the land.
Let's support Tokyo Marathon 2018, one of six World Marathon Majors! You can also enjoy it!
The annual grand gymnastic show, "Tokyo Marathon 2018" will be held on February 25 (Sunday). Then there will be more than 35,000 people running from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Shinjuku) to Tokyo Station (Chiyoda), passing many places of interest of Tokyo.
If you eat once, you will be captured by its delicacy? Hiroshima special taste—Okonomiyaki
One of Japanese national cuisine is "Okonomiyaki".
The basic material of Okonomiyaki is batter, after adding the ingredients such as vegetables, meat and seafood, cooked on the iron plate, and seasoned with sauces, mayonnaise, aonori, then can be served immediately.
Its cooking methods and materials are varied from place to place.
Japanese Local Ramen Map !
Ramen, the unique Japanese classic food which can be comparable with sushi.
In recent years, the number of ramen restaurant expanding overseas has been increasing very fast and attracting lots of popularity.
However, the charm of Japanese ramen has not been fully transferred to the overseas diners.
In fact, there are many "local ramen" which develop independently throughout the Japan.
This time, let's take a look at the local ramen throughout the Japan.
Special collection of classic Omiyage, Tokyo
What's the best Omiyage in Tokyo?
There are various gifts all over the Japan gathered in the Tokyo's gift shop.
Which one should buy, I am hesitant ... you may think that is Tokyo's specialty, but if you look at it carefully, you maybe find it is produced elsewhere! I think a lot of people have gone through such experience.
This time I will collect some classic specialties originated in Tokyo, you must be happy if you find my information.
Milk shake x Potato Chips x "Alcohol" ?! THE SHAKE & CHIPS TOKYO in Omotesando
Sweet shake matched with crunchy potato chips ?!
The "SHAKE & CHIPS", a new collocation which means dipping chips with milk shake, was put forward by a specialty store "THE SHAKE & CHIPS TOKYO（hereinafter referred as S＆C）" in Omotesando.
I'd like to introduce to you the charm of this shop!
Housewives ·Home-aloners must read ! Variations of Mochi Recipe
Speaking of Japan's indispensable food in the New Year's Holiday, it must be "mochi"!
In normal times, we often bake the round mochi and mashed mochi, or cook the zoni.
But, there must be some mochi left...when realizes, the New Year's Holiday may be over...
How could this be.
Let's try to reprocess these extra mochi with other methods!
To celebrate a healthy New Year, just eating Nanakusagayu!
In Japan, the Nanakusagayu is a regular meal that shall be eaten in the morning of January 7.
Originally, it was in Heian period that many Chinese customs and manners such as eating Nanakusagayu were introduced into Japan, and integrated with Japanese culture.
Lucky to eat in New Year's Holiday
Happy new year, everyone!
Please take a lot care of yuko series this year！
In Japan, the first few days of the new year are called New Year's Holiday.
The Japanese has the habit of praying for good luck, so there are various customs in the New Year's Holiday.
What is the "Osechi-ryori" eaten in New Year's Holidays?
"My friends, have you prepare for the New Year's Day?
In Japan, people usually spend New Year's Day with their family.
Then the special dishes appeared on the dining tables are called "Osechi-ryori".
Osechi-ryori is a kind of Japanese cuisine which is prepared at the end of the year and eaten in New Year's Holidays with family members.
Every kind of cuisine is placed the "hope" of new year.
Now, let's get to know the "Osechi-ryori" in detail !"
Japanese Food List of Surprising Foreigners 2017
The Japanese food is very delicious, and even more popular overseas, but, some foreigners will still be surprising to say "Are you kidding? This really can be eaten?"
So, I asked some foreign friends living in Japan !
The latest statistical result for 2017 is like this!
It is not edible, but the report of production & experience on "Replica Foods" in Japanese culture!
Do you know something called "Replica Foods"?
When you are in Japan, you will find high-quality "Replica Foods" everywhere in restaurant.
I heard that there are some places where we can experience the production of "Replica Foods", a unique culture in Japan, this time I have gone to a shop called "Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya" at Kappabashi of Asakusa !
"Drink intravenous drip?" Then come to drink the amazake brought from temple on the New Year's Day.
Do you know a milky drink called the "amazake" which is often seen during the festival or the New Year's first visit to the temples and shrines?
Although the word is written with "sake", it's not alcoholic beverages, this is a kind of soft drink even the minors can drink.
Now let me introduce the reality of the amazake which is popular with ladies recently!
Modern Nostalgia!? Ramen Cart Detectives!
Ramen carts were a major part of Japanese culture in the 1950s, but you don't see them very often in present-day Japan.
But thanks to our investigation we turned up a few that were still in business! Next time you're in Japan, swing on by and give them a try!!
Regional Oden! Different Tastes in Different Places!?
Oden is a well-known Japanese cuisine, but did you know that there are dozens of different varieties of Oden throughout Japan?
Japanese people love having warm Oden when it gets cold out.
Who knew there'd be such a huge difference in DASHI (soup base) and GU (ingredients) depending on the location!?
We're going to show you some of our top choices for popular regional Oden!
The Japanese Teas That Even Japanese People Don't Know.
There are a bunch of different varieties of Japanese tea.
Can you explain the differences between all of them?
Truth be told, not even a lot of Japanese people could tell you, either.
Let's take a look at the different varieties of Japanese tea!
The Japanese Rice Wine Vending Machine of Your Dreams?! Enjoy Japanese Sake to Your Heart's Content!
Have you ever heard the word, "kakuuchi"?
Kakuuchi means standing and drinking at a liquor store.
In Japan, there are many liquor stores where you can do kakuuchi, though we will present places with Japanese sake vending machines that will excite adults! Just what is Japanese sake anyway? If you've ever wondered this, then be sure to check out this article!
Welcome to the Spirit Realm..!? A Peek Inside the Haunted Izakaya in Kichijouji!
Halloween's just around the corner!
It's a happening time in Japan, what with everyone dressing up and having a good time... and that's fun and all, but why not grab a seat and have a drink surrounded by Japanese ghosts, or Yuurei in Japanese? You could be in for a real scare!
We're going to introduce you to a scary, fun, and delicious Izakaya bar.
Izakaya Beginners to Veterans! 5 Types of Classic Otsumami
In the last article we discussed Japanese izakaya, but this time we will present Japanese snacks served there that go well with alcohol! From standard otsumami to those that require some courage, stick with us to possibly pave the way for new food discoveries!
Neither a Bar, Pub, or Restaurant?! Enjoy Unique Culture at Night in Japan at an Izakaya
Nightfall, when the city illuminates, people flock to Japanese taverns, or izakaya to unwind and sate their hunger after a tiring work day. Even in Japan, izakaya are one of many popular genre of places. You are probably wondering how they differ from pubs, right? Well, how about we dig a little deeper to find out?
Presenting Great Spots in Enoshima in Autumn!
Enoshima is famous for the fact that you can go there for a day trip from Tokyo. Brimming with nature, the summer sea, the beautiful sunsets of autumn, and the light displays of winter--it's a popular sightseeing spot enjoyable year-round.
This time, we'll show you essential great spots to check out on Enoshima during autumn.
Japan VS Taiwan! Sandwich Wars!
Apparently, if it can't be split into two servings or is too big to fit into your mouth, then that means that a single serving would not be as much. Japanese people consider that splitting it feels like more of a better deal.
On the other hand, splitting something and eating it is totally unheard of in Taiwan. This is cultural differences at play. *laughs*
If you buy a sandwich at a Japanese convenience store in the future, maybe it would be fun to try eating it the Japanese way?
How to be Popular at Lunch Time!
The scorching heat of summer has calmed to a cool autumn.
Autumns here in Japan are filled with a whole slew of events--athletic meets, picnics, class trips and more!
Your trips outside will skyrocket, and so a bento box lunch will naturally be essential!
We tried making a character bento that will leave you shocked the moment you pop open the bento box lid!
Do you know a Japanese food called “Natto” ?
Natto is a kind of food made from fermented soybeans. You might heard some people said that it is “smelly” or “has an unfamiliar taste for foreigners”. Natto is actually a traditional food in Japan, said that it is full of protein and is very good for your health.
Savor It While You Can! A Luxury Meal at the World's No. 1 Fish Market - Tsukiji Market
The Tsukiji Market is a wholesale market located in Tokyo. All the seafood caught in Japan is brought here -- so much, in fact, that it is said to be the No. 1 fish market in the world.The area surrounding the market is packed with shops featuring specialty gourmet dishes such as fresh sushi and seafood bowls, fried eggs, as well as ramen noodle shops even loved by professional dealers.
A Place You Won't Want to Miss in Tokyo! Beer Mount: The Best View of the Whole City
A 1-hour train ride from Shinjuku!
Takaosan is a popular mountain climbing spot in the city that also recently received a THREE STAR rating from the Michelin guide.
Now, at the 500m peak of Takaosan, you can experience an exceptional all-you-can-eat (or drink!) restaurant at Takaosan Beer Mount.
What Clothes Are Weather Appropriate for September to November?
Japan has four seasons.
September to November is fall in Japan.
It's the coolest, most comfortable season in the year,
and the food during fall is also pretty delicious.
Here, we will help explain what kind of clothes to wear and temperatures to expect in Tokyo for anyone thinking of traveling to Japan during the fall.
Maybe it could take some worries off your mind?
Tons of Good, Cheap One-Of-A-Kind Eats - Nagoya Cuisine
Take a bullet train from Tokyo for about an hour and 40 minutes and you're there! Nagoya in Aichi prefecture is located in an easy-to-access location from downtown, and is a city flourishing with unique culture. The slang for gourmet Nagoya eats is "Nagoyameshi", which is famous all around Japan. Here, we'll show you some Nagoya cuisine that will blow you away visually!
In Japan, Rice is Life!
This may sound like it's coming out of left field, but are you familiar with the phrase, "Rice is the life of Japanese people"? Indeed, while rice is a common diet staple throughout Asia, it is especially crucial to the Japanese populace. Here, we will show you some ways to eat it that are uniquely Japanese.
A Wonderland Inside a Monster! Enjoy a Fantastic Experience in the Kawaii Monster Cafe!
You might hear the word "kawaii" around you a lot more lately, and there's a cafe of dreams just chock-full of this kawaii ("cute"). The Kawaii Monster Cafe can be found in Harajuku, Tokyo! We're nearby, so let's sneak a peek!
Yuko and the Rites of Japanese Summer
Japanese summer is the season that's full of festivals. All around Japan there are festivals of all shapes and sizes. However, the three main festivals are the Gion Festival in Kyoto, the Amatsukami Festival in Osaka and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo. The Gion and Amatsukami festivals are so big, they're basically the ones that kickoff all the other festivals of the summer.
Three Times the Size of Your Head?! Huge and Colorful Cotton Candy!
"The trendy fashion town of Harajuku, Tokyo!
Here, is the home of a cotton candy shop that has captured the hearts of youth. The cotton candy there is three times as big as your head! Unbelievable!
It features five super-cute colors: pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue! Rumor has it that it's also popular with foreign tourists. This time around, I tried some of that huge and colorful cotton candy for myself."