A Common Japanese Food Trend to Keep You Fit During Summer

The spring has given way for the summer season to alter and modify one’s lifestyle. The scorching heat of summer is harsh and unkind that requires people to completely change their way of living. Summer in Japan can take a toll on your health, if you do not consumer proper foods.

It’s that time of the year, when people in Japan start wearing short sleeved or non sleeve tops. Summer season also gives you an opportunity to shed certain post-winter weight and fat from your body.

The Kouso diet is common to have in Japan during the summer season. Kouso is a general term for enzyme that can help you reduce fat and maintain the fitness level of your body. The food enzyme that you take from the Kouso diet helps to increase the metabolism of body and burns a great amount of calories.

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This diet has certain rules that you need to follow strictly, they are

  • Prefer to have fresh vegetables and fruits each day
  • Kouso juice should be taken as breakfast
  • Your every day diet should include 40 percent cooked and 60 percent non-cooked dishes
  • While eating out, add salad or pickles to the main dish
  • Start your meal by having vegetable dish at first, meat or fish dish comes next and carbohydrates should be consumed at the last
  • Take dinner before 8 PM
  • Try not to include white rice, plain flour and refined sugar in your meal

Kouso juice is a frequent Japanese food and prepared with mixed vegetables and fruits. The vegetables and fruits are diluted with water or coconut juice and green leaves, such as spinach, are common ingredients. This can be prepared in a juicer or a low-speed compression squeezed juicer.

You can choose to start with spinach, papaya, lemon and cucumber. Papaya contains a significant amount Kouso and cucumber helps to improve skin conditions.

Kouso juice is available in different flavours. There are plenty of juice bars where you can go for choicest flavour. While travelling in a train or tube, you can find lots of flavours from the food stalls at stations. The food falls in departmental stores also make you available with different flavoured juices.

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You can combine your daily diet with exercise regime and see if any difference is noticed in a few months. This will help you reenergise for the day and you can spend the entire day with a positive frame of mind.

If you start eating out Kouso diet, it’s for sure that you will feel a huge difference in your body shape as well as mind set-up within just a few months.

Relish Good Food as you Celebrate Festivals

Irrespective of your ethnicity and religious heritage, no matter at what place you live on earth, holidays and festive seasons are completely linked with the foods. Whether you symbolise the foods with festive mood or seasonal treats, you find it hard to resist.

Japanese people also follow the same rule and celebrate each and every festival in own way. There are plenty of food options available during each festive season. If you are going to spend vacation in Japan during any of the festive seasons, take a look at the exclusive dishes that you will not like to miss on the day.

Cherry Blossom Festival: In the months of spring, the whole of Japan is immersed in the beautiful colour of cherry flowers. The cherry blossom festival is one of the most anticipated festive seasons in Japan. With a little bit of transformation in the celebration, people these days soak in the glory of this festival with friends and colleagues. They enjoy food and drink together. It’s common to see food and drink vendors lining the pathways but most of the people go with the homemade Hanami Bento.

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Hanami Bento includes seasonal grilled fish and boiled spring vegetables. Rice is scattered on it and vegetables are cut delicately into subtle Sakura petals shape. Green Yomogimochi and pink designed Kamaboko is mixed to the colourful festive mood. The celebrations start during the lunchtime and goes on for the whole night.

Hina Matsuri (Girl’s Day Festival): Japanese people celebrate March 3 as Girl’s day festival. This special day is celebrated with a few traditional dishes. Hishimochi is one most common food to have on this occasion. It looks lovely with diamond-shaped mochi and pink, white and green layers. Each colour of layer symbolises uniqueness of this day. Pink is for plum blossoming, White signifies snow of diminishing winter season while green stands for fresh and early spring.

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In the early spring, Shiro-zake is the first variety of sake being made available at the start of season. Hina arare is another popular food consumed on this day. The small, pink, white and green ball of crunchy puffed rice that is sweetened with sugar seems to be suiting everybody’s taste buds.

New Year and Christmas festival: Most Japanese people go with the foods, which are considered lucky on the New Year. Some of the most common Japanese food for festive mood on New Year is red snapper, prawn, black soy bean, etc. On the Christmas Day, they prefer to gorge upon different flavours of cakes.

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There are some exclusive foods for each festival that augment the celebratory mood of the Japanese people.

Japan: Every Shopaholic’s Dream Come True

If you are a shopaholic and going to spend holidays in Japan, you will have plenty of options to shop around in the country. Japan is a shopper’s paradise. There are umpteenth number of places to buy choicest clothes and souvenirs.

Japan is known globally as a shopaholic country. The street smart people of Japan throng various shops on the lanes. You can find anything and everything in these shops.

Take a look at some of the most popular shopping places in Japan

KITTE: This newly refurbished building has become a major centre of attraction amongst tourist. You do not only have its beauty to see but there are ample amount of opportunities for you to shop around as well. There is a shop named Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten that is famous for a wide range of kitchen ware. The entire range of timeless products is built with traditional values and skill.

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On the 4th floor, there is CLASKA gallery and shop “DO”, where you can buy printed tote bags. The Gelato Pique has a vast collection of designer clothes. Then there is Double Standard Clothing available with great range of spring collection.

Marketplaces in Tokyo: If you are there in Japan during the months of Christmas, you will not have any sort of difficulty in buying Christmas gifts for your near and dear ones. The Shibuya Loft is a wonderful place in Tokyo to buy a various Christmas gifts. They sell exclusive products from Japan, Europe and USA.

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You can buy some of the most striking iPhone covers and wooden alarm clocks from this place. Other items to purchase from this shop include nanoblock, Honore des Pres, lunch boxes and several other items.

Okinawa: This place is true shoppers’ hub. The Makishi Daiichi Kousetsu Ichiba near Kokusai Street in Naha is famous amongst the fish mongers for the varieties of fishes and other sea foods.

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There is a vintage store on the alleyways that join Heiwa Street and Mutsumi Street. You can find cool vintage T-shirts and bric-a-brac at this place. It is interesting to notice that remakes, dyeing and adding patchworks of clothes are done at the back side of this shop.

Vegetable tea has caught in trend in recent times. If you have grown with a sudden like of vegetable tea on your tour, Amazon Japan is the place where you should make an order.

In a nutshell, shopping in Japan is a unique and exceptional experience. Do not forget to explore all the marketplaces on your visit to Japan.

Taste the Scrumptious and Healthy Dishes of Japan!

Did you go through the new book, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama? The Japanese-born marketing consultant talks about her fitness secrets. She says that it’s not a strict dietary habit or fitness plan behind her svelte figure and youthful looks but the culinary Japanese foods.

It’s not only the Naomi Moriyama but most Japanese women are able to maintain energetic and youthful looks for longer in life. All thanks to the healthy as well as delicious Japanese recipes that have blessed the women-kind of Japan with beautiful looks.

So, when the talk of healthy Japanese food arises, all of a sudden, seasonal vegetables and fruits become topic of discussion. Take a look at seasonal and healthy Japanese food that you may like to taste during your holidays in Japan.

Spring Dishes

As soon as winter paves way for the onset of spring season, marketplaces and supermarkets are flooded with different seasonal fruits and vegetables. Spring bamboo shoot is one of the most popular vegetables in this season. You can prepare a few scrumptious dishes with spring bamboo shoot.

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Omelettes are the most consumed dish prepared from this vegetable. You can also go with stewed bamboo shoot with chicken dumplings that tastes truly delectable. Bamboo shoot rice is another popular dish prepared with this vegetable.

You can also go with Peperoncino pasta that is also known as garlic and chilli pasta in the spring season. This scrumptious recipe is prepared from field mustard and Udo.

Rainy season dishes

The heavy down pouring of rain water can have ill effects on your body. To keep fit and fine in the rainy season, Japanese people prefer to have fermented foods, which maintain the energy level in your body. Shio-Koji is a type of fermented salty rice that is widely used in the rainy season dishes.

Shio-Koji beginners can go with Asazuke, that is prepared by mixing together pickled vegetables and Shio-Koji. You can also go for seafood with Shio-Koji Aioli during the rainy season.

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Another most-have in the rainy season is Ochazuke that is prepared with chicken breast and Shio-Koji.

Summer season dishes

There are plenty of food choices available in the months of summer. You can go with various fast foods as well as sea foods. Rice dishes remain in the core of summer season.

Winter season dishes

In the chilly winter season, most Japanese people go for the seafood dishes. There are plenty of sea foods available in the market and make great culinary recipes.

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With a plethora of food options available during each season, you will not face any sort of difficulty in satisfying your taste buds in Japan.

Places Hard to Miss on your Trip to Japan

If you are planning your next trip to Japan, make sure you plan it well. Before you structure your trip it is very important to sit down and chalk out the places you want to visit in the country. As the entire country is picturesque, wrapped in culture and soaked in tradition, finalising the best places to visit is very difficult. However, here are a few places you should not miss on your trip to Japan.

Himeji Castle

This is also known as the ‘White Heron Castle’ and is one of the twelve castles that are in its original condition. It is located in the Himeji-Hyogo prefecture and isn’t far from Osaka. The castle is surrounded by pine and cherry trees and therefore is a beautiful site, especially in spring. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built between 1333 and 1346 and expanded in 1601-1608. It is definitely one of the places in Japan you must visit.

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Todai-ji Hall, Nara

This must not be missed by any tourist visiting the country of Japan. It is Japan’s oldest capital also is marked as its first city. The city was founded in the 8th century and its most renowned monument is the Todai-ji Hall, the biggest wooden building in the world. Inside there are huge statues amongst which is a gigantic Daibutsu or Buddha. Todai-ji Hall is also the centre of Kegon Buddhism in the country of Japan. There are also other interesting places to see in Nara, which include a few archaeological sites and the skittish deer that are found in plenty in the city.

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain standing at 12,377 feet and is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country. It is climbed by almost a quarter million people every year, usually during July and August. It is visited and viewed so much mostly because it is near Kanto and the plain surrounding Tokyo. The visibility of the peak is the best during winter.

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Okinawa

This was first a separate kingdom called Ryukyu Ōkoku. This place thrived from the 15th to the 19th century for about 450 years. They were close to China as it was nearer than the mainland of Japan. The Shuri castle (Shurijo) in Naha, Okinawa, was the administrative centre and royal court of the Ryukyu government. The castle was burnt and rebuilt many a times and was last rebuilt in 1992. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Before visiting the country you must read a blog about Japan so that you know more about the place and its people. These blogs will also give you information about places to visit, where to shop, and food to eat and also tell you at length about the culture of the land.

Get an Insight into the Japanese Culture through a Blogger’s Eye

The Japanese culture is regarded to be one of the richest cultures in the world. The Japanese culture is a perfect mix of the conventional and modern. Japan is known as the land of the rising sun and this island country is known to boast of a hybrid culture that is influenced by Asia, Europe and North America. The Japanese language is characterised by a distinct pitch system and a vast variety of dialects. The written Japanese language is regarded to be one of the toughest languages of the world.

As said earlier that the Japanese culture has a distinct rich flavour therefore they have a distinct way of celebrating the arrival of the New Year. The Japanese consider that the arrival of the New Year is needed to be marked by welcoming the Year God known as Toshugami in Japanese. Orgianlly, New Year in Japan was celebrated with the sun going down of 31st December. They used to believe that the daytime is for humans and night is for gods.

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Traditionally, the Japanese start preparing for the New Year celebrations with cleaning their house. It usually used to take place on 13th of December. But today since everyday is busy, they do it a little later. The important thing however is that they clean well. This is done in a careful and proper way because they believe that they are welcoming God in their house. The cleaning starts from the Shinto shrine to the Buddhist altar and finally to the main bedroom and other rooms. After cleaning they are known to decorate the house as well. But remember that the entire purpose for doing all this is primarily to please God.

If you want to buy something online from Japan then there is a strange thing that you will face. Well, if you do not have adequate cash then you will need to make use of your credit card since they do not accept debit cards online. To order something online, you need to only make use of your credit card therefore.

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The Japanese food and eating culture is interesting as well. To keep your energy up in humid weather you can try out fermented food like Miso, Soy Sauce, Natto and Shio-Koji. In the hot weather you can also go for food like ochazuke. In the Japanese departmental store that is popularly known as Depachika you will find an amazing selection of ready meals, cakes, fresh food, fresh food, products from all across Japan and a lot more.

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It is true that the more you explore Japan the more amazed will you be. The best way to know Japan is through a related blog about Japan and Japanese culture. Therefore, go online, select a blog and there you have Japan within the four walls of your living room.

Enough Options to Make an Exceptional Sojourn to Japan

Japan boasts of several picturesque locations. There are several places where you can go and experience unique sightseeing. Whether you are looking for religious and spiritual sojourn or have a desire to go on beach hunting, Japan engulfs everything in its lap.

If you have been to Japan earlier, you will be amazed to find out several new tourist places that have come up recently. For the first time visitors, Japan is all about striking tourist hot spots.

Here are some popular places to visit in Japan:

KITTE: The Old Tokyo Central Post Office has been renovated and given a new looks. This new building has come up with a name of KITTE. There are 7 floors in the building, each dedicated for different purposes. You will be astonished to see the bright and airy entrance that creates wow effect. The outdoor garden on 6th floor is great to have a packed lunch during summer season. There are number of restaurants and shops on different floors in the building.

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Yushima Tenjin Shrine: Plum festival is celebrated before the arrival of cherry blossom. You can go to Yushima Tenjin to have a great view on plum festival. The nearest station to catch underground train on Chiyoda line is Yushima. You will like blossoming of plum flowers on Shidare Ume tree.

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Kanda Myojin: On the way to Yushima Tenjin, you have Kanda Myojin that is painted in red and awesomely decorative. You can see some of the very unusual statues in this temple.

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Yebisu beer museum: Many people know Asahi, Sapporo and Krin but not many are well versed with Yebisu beer. There is museum on the place of original Yebisu beer factory in Ebisu. The taste of beer is fantastic and you will instantly catch fancy of it.

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Niigata: If you are there in Japan and have not been to Niigata, you are losing on seeing a great snowfall. Niigata is considered one of the snowiest places in Japan. On the trip to Niigata, you have a choice to stay in Ryokan that is Japanese bed and breakfast. The main attraction of this accommodation facility is hot spring baths.

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Okinawa: Then there is Okinawa Island that attracts most tourists visiting the country. There is Ishigaki that is a famous shopping place. Most shops at the Ishigaki are located around the Euglena mall. You can find several shops to buy trendy clothes and unique souvenirs.

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In a nutshell, Japan is a tourism paradise. You have lots of things to experience and enjoy in Japan.

Refurnish your New Flat in Japan with Exquisite Design of Furniture

Japan is not only a tourist hub but also an academic and job centre. Lots of people from UK relocate to Japan each year for jobs or academic purposes. If you are the one currently shifted to a city in Japan, you will like to refurnish your new flat.

You have lots of options to give a new look to your new house. When in Japan, you can see the beautifully structured houses from inside as well as outside. Japanese interior decorations are unique and exceptional.

There are different ways to refurnish and decorate your new flat. Most Japanese people beautify the interior of their house with fabulously designed furniture. You must choose a theme at first, as it will help you pick the compatible and complementary set of furniture.

Truck Furniture in Osaka is available with vintage design of furniture

If you are based in Osaka, there is a shop named Truck Furniture that showcases wide variety and design of furniture. The complete range of collection is available in minimalistic and vintage feel. You will fall in love with this place at the very first sight, as it is decorated with inspiring theme to leave you amazed. Although everything in the shop is worth buying but the prime attraction is centre piece object to place in dining or living room.

Pour Annick is more about contemporary and fashionable design of furniture

The Pour Annick is available with more contemporary and fashionable sets of furniture from Europe and other markets. This shop is located in Meguro and specialist in selling sculptures-like objects, which catch your eyes instantly. Sofas at Pour Annick are comfortable, contemporary and catchy; you can get a set to place in your flat.

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For paints and wooden materials, go to the Gallup

The Gallup boasts of several shops in and around Tokyo, nearest one is in Monzennakacho. They are specialist in selling paints, wooden materials and tiles and other materials needed for decoration of house. If you are up to completely overhaul your house by DIY products, this is the exact destination for you.

Sofa at Stanley’s

If you are looking for exclusively designed sofa, Stanley’s is the place to go. Established in 1968, this company has expertise in making fabulous designs of sofa. Plenty of textiles are available with them to do upholstering for chairs and sofas.

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Lampshades and beds at Rigna’s store

Lampshades are important ingredient to beautify your new flat. You can go to Rigna that is available with exquisite design of bird nest lampshades. The attractive sets available at this store can also be searched in interior designing magazines.

You can also go for furniture shopping at Rigna’s store. They are available with interesting and fascinating designs in bedroom collection. If you loved the Warren Evans beds in UK, there is no reason why you will not feel the same about Rigna’s collection.

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In and around the bustling cities of Japan, you have several other furniture stores selling high-quality sets to you.

How to Make a Unique Trip to Japan?

If you are planning an overseas tour to Japan, there are certain things to take care of before heading to catch the flight. It’s already spring in the country and renowned petal festivals are on. Cherry blossom and plum festivals are prime attractions during the spring season. Although Plum trees have already shed their flowers but chances are that you can still catch blossoming of cherry flowers.

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How to fight hay fever during spring season in Japan

Spring is the season infamous for hay fever. If you are allergic to pollen, chances are high that you may suffer from hay fever during your trip. But, if you come all prepared, you can brave it. First and foremost thing to consider is mask; make sure that whenever you go out, your nose is masked. It’s better to add more safety by applying mask spray on the mask.

Get yourself equipped with air purifier that helps in keeping clean and pure surroundings. While you are in Japan during spring season, dry your clothes indoors to avoid getting pollen all over clothes or you can cover the area where you dry the clothes.

Catch the cherry blossoming

As spring is still on, you have the chances to experience the beauty of cherry blossom festival. You need to exercise some precautions while surfing different cherry blossoming sites. As it’s the most anticipated spring festival, you will find huge rush on almost every hot spot. Go through a few blogs from Japan and select the hot spot. Read the map thoroughly and try to get the tickets pre-booked.

Prepare yourself well for summer

After the spring season, scorching heat in summer season is all set to welcome you to Japan. Although you might feel worn out in the summer season but it’s quite a unique experience to the travellers, especially from United Kingdom.

To save your skin from the blazing heat, you can bring some sun lotion and other types of creams. You can also find several sun lotion creams at marketplaces.

Japan welcomes people from every culture

If you are pre-conceived with the notion that differences of culture and traditions can play spoilsport in your visit, shed you inhibitions before catching up the flight. Japan has evolved as modern country and welcomes tourists, from around the world, with open arms.

You would not face even a slight discomfort and racism from the Japanese people. Besides respecting own culture and traditions, they are very much sensitive towards the cultures and traditions of other countries.

Language can be a risk but tour guides can help you through

If there is slight risk of discomfort in your tourism experience, it’s because of language problems. You may jump into the people, who are not well versed with English language. But, every tourist guide available at the tourist places are fluent in foreign languages and can communicate in your language.

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Japan, as a whole, is a unique tourist location. You may feel some sort of difficulties in the country but it pays well after exploring the exceptionally beautiful country of Japan.

Nakizumo Festival – Initiating a Healthy Cry in a Baby

Now, this might sound seriously insane but it is true that the Japanese believe in a weird rite entailing a little child to cry. A 400-year old festival, the Nakizumo festival is mostly based on the notion that a “wail” welcomes the good health of a baby. This unusual rite strictly demands novice sumo wrestlers to take charge of little ones in order to make the latter cry. The sumo wrestlers usually make annoying faces and sometimes growl at the babies in order to make them cry. Though no harm is caused during the process, the Nakizumo rituals may apparently seem cruel. Under the customs, a competition is held between little ones; and the baby who cries first, receives a prize.

What happens when a couple of babies start wailing? It becomes difficult for the judges to decide on the winner; but in general the one that cries the loudest is being presented a prize. However, things don’t always tend to go as predicted; yes, in some cases the babies start laughing instead of showing discomfort or anger. Some babies even start staring at the sumo wrestlers in sheer disgust; as if they are too displeased with the entire process.

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Surprisingly, the Nakizumo crying baby festival in Tokyo also features anxious parents waiting or praying amidst the crowd while their children are being harassed by the wrestlers. Sometimes these parents pray that their little ones come out as winners. The festival is held every year at the Senso-ji temple where young sumo wrestlers stand inside a ring and try to compete with each other in the contest. While they try hard to initiate the first wail in a baby, a referee continuously watches the babies and often yells “nake nake nake”; meaning cry, cry, cry.

The festival is mostly conducted throughout Japan and some say that the Nakizumo festival has been in practice for as long as 400 years in Asakusa. The young sumo wrestlers look really cute while they give in their best efforts to initiate the first wail of a baby. While some throw the babies into the air others make faces or try to play with the little ones; only to make thing worse for babies. According to the Japanese rites, the harder they cry, the better it is for them. When the sumo wrestlers fail to make little babies cry, the referee wears a demonic mask to scare the latter; only to make the crowd burst out in laughter.