How to Cook Popular Ayu Fish with Rice Dish?


Japan is one of the most frequented locations by the foreign tourists. Foreign visitors have abundance of choice to visit picturesque locations in the country. Japanese lifestyle is major centre of attraction for the tourists. People visiting Japan get to see some unique and interesting aspects of Japanese culture and traditions.

Another striking thing about Japan is their foods. Japan is indeed a food loving nation and people there enjoy a wide variety of culinary dishes. The health conscious Japanese people are known for their particular food habits.

The food habits of Japanese people change with the season. If they like to gorge upon hot and spicy seafood dishes during the winter, fermented foods are preferred in the rainy season. In the beautiful spring season, they like to include exclusive home grown vegetables and fruits in their diet whereas summer is all about healthy and nutritious light foods and lots of fruits and vegetable intake.


Its summer in Japan and local fish market is full of different varieties of fishes. The eels and Ayu make popular Japanese food in summer. In the summer months, baked eels are eaten, as they are considered nutritious and full of vitamins to get you through the hot summer season. Ayu is loved by Japanese people for its distinctive smell like watermelon or cucumber. This variety of fish has got flesh tastes rather being sweet. The Ayu is commonly cooked on the grill but you can also get to taste Ayu cooked with rice at the country ryokans.


To prepare Ayu with rice, you need at first to de-scale it with the help of back side of knife. Then, squeeze it 1 inch above the tail and take out the excrement. Usually people eat while with guts but it depends on you how you want to eat the fish. Now, after washing the fish, dry it well and sprinkle salt on each side of the fish. You need to wash one cup of rice and soak it in a flavoured soup for almost 20 minutes after drying well. Other ingredients that you will need are 2 tablespoons of sake, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of mirin and soy sauce, dreid kelp and two teaspoons of ginger juice and one teaspoon of salt.


Now, add the fish on the top of rice and put it on boil for a few minutes. Cook the rice at minimum heat and use sake instead of water. When rice is cooked, switch off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.


Now, you need to detach bones and heads from the fish and then, mix it with rice after breaking it into small pieces. You can replace the Ayu with white-fleshed fish like sea bream or others.

There are many other exclusive summer foods in Japan. Do not forget to enjoy the delicacy on your visit to Japan.

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.

Everything in Japan Seem to be Making Statements!

While on a tour to Japan, you may witness some never-seen-before lifestyle and way of living. Japan, contrary to orthodox thoughts, is not only a technology giant but a mixture of traditions and modernisation. On each and every walk of life, you will get a hint of ancient culture and refined state of mind thriving almost simultaneously.

Since ages, Japanese people are known for leading a disciplined and healthy lifestyle. If you define a healthy lifestyle by food habits, exercise regime or society, Japan is rich by all the means.

Healthy and Disciplined Lifestyle

It’s because of healthier lifestyle that Japanese people stay free from obesity and other lifestyle diseases. By looking at their well toned bodies, you will mistake it as a result of strict exercise regime but the truth lies in the way they carry out themselves.

Wherever you go in Japan, people will greet you with open heart. A common way to greet people is by bowing head and Japanese are quite enthusiastic in welcoming their welcoming their guests.

Delicious dishes in Japan

When it comes about lifestyle in Japan, you cannot afford to miss out on few points. Japanese cuisine is one vital factor contributing a lot into lifestyle of its people. The whole world is aware of the virtues and qualities Japanese dishes protrude.


In fact, a large number of tourists throng Japan in the search of never-had-before yummy delights. Whether you have a fixation for sea foods or plain rice dishes, you will have plenty of choices on the platter in Japanese restaurants.

Quirky Fashion Trends in Japan

The unique fashion sense of Japanese people is praised on the global fashion platform. Global fashion fraternity keep a keen interest in knowing the fashion trends in Japan.

Japanese people prefer to shop around streets. You will be amazed to find out vast range of collection available on the street garment stores.

Come winter and you can see cute and beautiful men and women adorned in colourful dresses while summer will have an entirely different trend.

It’s quite common to see people carrying colourful umbrellas in the rainy season. In fact, umbrellas are considered a part of rainy days’ fashion trend in Japan. Most umbrellas will have handles made up of fine quality wooden materials.


Japanese take pride in their culture and tradition. They celebrate each and every festival and special occasion jovially. As most Japanese people follow Buddhism, so they prefer to visit Buddhist temples on weekends and holidays.

Last but not the least; if you are going on a sojourn to Japan, knowing about Japanese lifestyle will only make the trip easier and exceptional to you. You can go through everything that might make a difference in your dream vacation.