Savour Japanese Cuisine to find Out its Specialty

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One of the aspects that are most fascinating about Japan is its food. Japanese food is varied in flavour and preparation. Japanese cuisine is nothing like any of the occidental cuisines. Japanese food consists of oriental flavours, a lot of seafood and an array of different spices and herbs exclusive to Asia.

After taking a look at the entries at the Asian Food Fest, you can easily make out that Japanese food is truly one of a kind and purely Asian in form, texture and taste. Japanese cuisine consists of a variety of staples from different kinds of rice preps to a wide range of noodle. Rice and noodles is used in a various number of dishes that are incredibly delicious.

Some of the dishes that consist of rice, noodles, and different sorts of protein are:

• Gyudon

• Nabeyaki Udon

• Yakisoba

• Tonkotsu Ramen

• Matcha soba noodle salad

• Unadon

• Soboro Donburi

• Open Sushi

• Onigiri

• Omurice

• Hosomaki

• Katsudon

• Onsen Tamago Tofu

• Chicken Katsu

• Tempura (Vegetable, seafood, etc.)

• Tebasaki

• Chicken Karaage

• Daikon no Soboroni

• Buta Kakuni

• Supearibu no Nikomi

• Miso Soup

• Bacon Enoki Rolls with Teriyaki Sauce, etc.

These are some of the dishes that you must try out if you visit Japan. Various Japanese food items are available easily at restaurants and street side stalls. Japanese food can also be savoured in other countries but if you want the authentic taste, you will only get it if you eat Japanese food in Japan or made by chefs who have received training from Japan. The dishes that were presented in the Asian Food Fest are reflections of how important food is in Japanese society. You can also read up about Japanese cuisine if you are interested in knowing more about it.

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How to Prepare Delicious Japanese Food, Chestnut Rice with Pacific Saury?

Japanese people are sometimes called “90-day people” because of the importance of four distinct seasons into their life. Each of these four seasons is three months long. With a change in the season, climate of the country, fashion trends and even the food culture change.

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Autumn is almost there in Japan and leaves have started turning to the beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow. Lots of holiday events are taking place and stews and other hot dishes are being served to keep you warm, as the temperature go down.

Autumn is the ideal season to celebrate the glories of Japan and oftentimes referred to as the “season of healthy appetites.” As this is the season of harvest, plenty of healthy and home-grown vegetable dishes can be found in the restaurants across the country. So, if you are planning a holidays in Japan around the winter season, enjoy the delicious Japanese food in autumn and do not miss to view the flowers change their colours.

Chestnut

Chestnut

Various autumn delicacies have already started being found in the shops. If you are looking for the delicacies prepared with home-grown ingredients, you can go for chestnut rice with home-grown chestnuts as primary ingredient. You can accompany the delicious chestnut rice with another yummy autumn delicacy, Pacific Saury.

Now, take a look at the recipe for preparing chestnut rice, at first,

Ingredients

  • 360cc of sticky rice
  • 12 chestnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of sake
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 table spoon of mirin
  • 1 small cut of kelp

Preparation Method

  • Firstly, wash the rice and allow it to dry for around 30 minutes. Use sticky rice, not the normal white rice.
  • Meanwhile, take a pan and boil the water into it. Add the chestnuts and bring them to boil again. Continue the boiling process for a few minutes.
  • Now, take away the pan from heat and place the chestnuts into cold water.
  • When the chestnuts are cool enough to handle with ease, use a knife to peel off their outer skin from the bottom to top.
  • You will find another layer of skin underneath the chestnuts, peel this as well.
  • As they easily get discoloured, place them in water soon after peeling off their skin.
  • You can use a rice cooker and put dried rice in the cooker and add cut kelp, sake, salt and mirin.
  • Add 330 ml water and place the chestnuts into the cooker. Switch on the rice cooker.
  • It will take a few minutes for chestnut rice to cook properly. When it is done, add mixed grated black sesame seeds and salt on top of rice.
  • While the rice is cooking, utilise the time in grilling the Pacific saury.
  • Enjoy the chestnut rice with grilled Pacific saury.
Chestnut-Rice

Chestnut-Rice

So, do not forget to munch on this delicious dish while staying in Japan. You can also try other seasonal dishes made of home-grown ingredients.

Must-visit Tourist Attractions in Tokyo

You will fall in love with Tokyo, if you spend a few days in the city. This city has everything to attract you. Tokyo is one of the most civilised and well organised cities in the world. You can reach to the Tokyo’s tourist destinations by subway or train. It is advised to get a Japan Rail Pass for commuting by the trains.

Not only in Asia but worldwide, Tokyo is a completely different place for the foreign tourists. Tokyo does not only represent peak of civilisation, law and order and fashion but the city stands out in many good ways.

Following are some of the most frequented tourist places to visit in Tokyo Japan, take a look:

Shibuya 109 and Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya is the Mecca of fashionistas in Japan. If you are looking for fashionable clothes and accessories, Shibuya is the point zero of fashion. You will be amazed to see the high pedigree of fashion sense followed by girls in Shibuya. The young girls sporting contact lenses, lace, ruffles, colourful socks and ribbons along with highly fashionable clothes make unique fashion statements at the streets of Shibuya. The boutiques at Shibuya 109 are available with a large number of trendy outfits, in different designs.

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At couple of minutes of distance from Shibuya 109 is one of the busiest places in the world, Shibuya crossing. It’s a sight to see the function of traffic signals at the busy crossing. You can experience an ultimate example of civilisation by looking at the people crossing the road at the crossing.

Meiji Shrine

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This is a Shinto shrine situated at the Shibuya Ward, in the midst of a beautiful forest. The Meiji Shrine is very near to the Harajaku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. This shrine is dedicated to the sacred spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The Meiji Shrine nowadays is a favourite place for wedding ceremonies.

Yoyogi Park on a Sunday

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This park is the best place to watch people in Tokyo. Popular with young Japanese people, you could spot the wacky aspect of an otherwise reserved nation on Sundays. You can spot classy girls to shy Lolitas enjoying their red wine drinks from crystal glasses. The Yoyogi Park is very much popular with couples in love and lots of club meetings and teenagers rehearsing plays are organised there on the Sundays.

Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky-tree

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Tokyo Tower holds lots of similarity with the Eiffel Tower and draws many tourists because of that. The Tokyo Sky-tree, on the other hand, is relatively a new kid in the town. Tokyo Sky-tree is 634m tall while Tokyo Tower is 333m of height. Both the artificial structures are favourites among tourists.

There are many other tourist destinations in Tokyo. You can get to know about them on blogs from Japan.

Plan Your Trip to Japan Before Visiting

If Japan is the next holiday destination high up in your agenda, keep in mind a few things to avoid embarrassment on your part. Here are a handful of tips which can prove handy during your stay in the land of rising sun and make your trip pleasurable.

Behaviour of Japanese People

Respect the People

It is very important that you show respect to people in Japan. They generally greet and apologise to each other by bowing heads. This is an intrinsic value of theirs. Since the childhood, Japanese people are taught to respect their elders and guests. Talking to people politely and behaving in courteous manner is important to show respect to the people.

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Table Manners

Japanese people follow particular and meticulous table manners and etiquettes. It is important to know that do not pour the beverage in your glass and start gulping down straight away at the parties. They always raise a toast before sipping their drinks. So, after taking a seat, let the waiters or waitresses do their job. They will give you an osdhibori, a small wet towel, to wipe your hands. It is imperative that you are aware of all the table manners before dining with Japanese people.

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Tipping is a strict no in Japan

Tipping the attendants at bar, restaurant, hotel or taxi is considered bad manner in Japanese society. You should keep in mind that your ignorance can cause embarrassment to the person before you.

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Using Chopsticks

Whether you go to any restaurant or have been invited at someone’s home for dining, you will notice that food is served with chopsticks. However, if you do not know how to use chopsticks, you can ask for silverware at the restaurants.

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Entering a House

Taking off shoes and other footwear at the entrance of house is an age old custom in Japan. Almost every house keeps a vestibule, where footwear is kept, at the entrance. You may be given home slippers to wear inside the house but remember to take off the home slippers before entering the tatami room or dining area. There are still some old companies and offices where you have to take off shoes before entering.

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Order and Harmony

Japanese people are very much strict in maintaining the order and harmony of society. Individualism does not find a favour in the Japanese society. You will be impressed by seeing people refraining from the usages of cell phones at public places. They avoid eating while commuting and do not blow their nose before others. There are many other habits considered as ill manners by the Japanese people.

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So, before you catch a flight to Japan it is important to go through a few blog about Japan. Some of the blogs from Japan provide you complete information on the Japanese culture, their lifestyle, places to visit, Japanese foods, etc. By reading these blogs, you will be able to plan a pleasurable trip to Japan.

Japanese Food You Must Try

Recently, I was having a talk with my friends about how important food is in every country.

Food plays a very important role in any culture. One of the most important things it does is that it brings people together. Families sit down to eat together at least once a day, children share their food with classmates at lunch, office workers get together after work to eat and socialise in the evenings. Food is also an essential part of any celebration. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, or just friends getting together after a long time, food is essential.

And it is no different in Japan here. Here food brings people together too. In fact many come to visit Japan to taste its authentic cuisine. Even vegetarians. It is not all just about sushi, you know. So here’s a list of Japanese food that you can enjoy with friends and family.

RICE

This is the staple cereal of Japan. Short and sticky you will find this as an accompaniment to many styles of food from the fancy sushi and nigiri, to a simple meal of rice with vegetables. Hakumai is the preferred choice for rice as it is polished white rice that is thought to be very tasty. If you want to cook together with friends and family, rice is a simple thing to start with.

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NOODLES

After rice, it is definitely noodles that are the most popular. Whether you have the soba noodles that are made from buckwheat flour, or udon noodles made from wheat. These are usually eaten on their own with simple sauces or some vegetables and meat as toppings. The soba noodles can also be eaten cold and because of this are great for serving at large dinners or parties.

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YAKITORI

This is similar to a barbeque stick or a kebab. Skewered on a bamboo stick, little pieces of vegetables, chicken and chicken liver are prepared over coals instead of an electric or gas oven. This is a wonderful dish for friends to share.

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SHABU – SHABU

If you and your friends like to eat meat, this is a dish that you all will enjoy at a restaurant as it involves the eater in the preparation as well. You will be given chopsticks, a pot of boiling water, dipping sauce and very thinly sliced strips of beef. To eat you will have to pick up a beef slice with your chopsticks, swirl it in the boiling water and then dip it in the dipping sauce.

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So enjoy these dishes mentioned above and don’t forget to let me know how you liked them.

7 Things You Must Know Before Visiting Japan

Japan is a beautiful country to go on holiday. Japanese people welcome their guests wholeheartedly and help everywhere. The standard of living in the country is very high and it is convenient to move to different locations, as Japan has one of the best transportation facilities in world.

The stunning and eerie beauty of Japan appeals to one and all. If you are planning to go to Japan, there are a few things that you must know before setting foot on the land of rising sun.

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Here is a list that includes some of things that you must know before visiting Japan.

Respect the People: Bowing your head down is a way to greet and apologise in Japanese culture. Japanese people learn to respect elder people since their childhood days. It is important that to whom and how deep you bow your head in respect or to greet the elder person. Japanese people use polite language and talk courteously. While addressing older people, it is common to add “san” at the end of their name.

Table Manners: If you are attending a drinking party, do not just pour beer in own glass and start drinking. Japanese people follow good manners and lead their drinks with the toast. Usually, after taking the seat, a waiter or waitress gives you an “osdhibori” (small wet towel) to wipe hands. They follow strict etiquettes at the dining table.

Japanese Baths: Onsen, hot spring baths, is quite popular in Japan. You can experience it at the different ryokan. The bathing style in Japan is different from the western countries. You need to take a shower before moving into the public or private onsen baths. You can know about the onsen at ryokan from relevant blog about Japan.

Tipping is Not Necessary: It is not necessary at all to tip bar and restaurant, hotel or taxi drivers in Japan. Typically, giving tip is considered a bad etiquette and can embarrass the people you are tipping.

Chopsticks: When you are dining out in the Japanese restaurants, it is essential to use chopsticks.

Entering a House: When you are entering a house, it is important that you take your shoes off. Also, there are some companies where you need to enter without footwear. Usually, there is a rack provided at the entrance where you can keep your shoes and sandals.

Order and Harmony: Japanese people do not value individualism and dislike to disrupt the order and harmony of society. Japanese people refrain from the use of mobile phone on public places, do not blow their nose in front of other people and prefer not to eat food while commuting, as these are considered bad manners.

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.

Happy New Year in Japan

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.