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.


Fashion Trends and Boutiques save Department Store Sector

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Japan is not just known as the Land of the Rising Sun but is also considered the technological capital of the world. To many, Japan is also the epitome of culture, tradition, heritage, customs and art. However, very few know Japan for its fashion industry. The fashion in Japan is taken very seriously as the people of Japan are extremely fashion conscious. Almost everyone on the streets of Japan is well dressed and always keeps up with the trends.

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The fashion industry of Japan does not ape the West but are deeply influenced by trends that are current in the fashion capitals of the world, namely, Paris, New York and Milan. There are many people around the world who still think that Japanese fashion is all about Kimonos, but they are thoroughly mistaken. Japanese fashion trends is extremely ‘modern’ and very ‘high street’. The department stores in Japan, this year, showed a stable growth concerning economy. The department store sector has shown a rise and that is mostly due to the fashion boutiques in the department stores.

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As the people of Japan are fond of shopping, the department store sector in Japan will continue to rise. This rise or economic growth has benefitted the fashion industry of Japan tremendously. Annual sales, in the industry of department stores, have improved in sixteen years for the first time. With the escalation of internet shopping, the department store industry was in danger but it all seems pretty stable now. As internet shopping poses as huge competition to the department stores, it can be seen that loyal customers still opt to visit department stores rather than shopping over the internet.

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While exploring Japanese fashion trends in style, it has been noticed that various major department stores are faring well in the Japanese department store sector. Fashion in Japan has always been important but it seemed to be in trouble sometime during last year. However, since that has healthily recovered, we can hope to see further rise in the department store sector. This was going to happen as shopping and fashion; both are an integral part of Japanese lifestyle. It should also be seen that the tourists in Japan, are also responsible for this rise because many of them consider Japan a hot spot when it comes to shopping. The year 2013 has so far been great for the department store sector and as we turn to the last quarter of the year, we can only hope for it to get better.

Japanese Fashion: Where Antiquity Meets Contemporary

If you are planning a visit to Japan, you will be amazed by the colourful and vivacious street fashion. The 2013 has just rounded up and the streets are already filled up with different latest trends.

And you thought Japan is only about Kimonos, in fact there are plenty of latest trends ready to entice you to the hilt. Your mistaken notion will be corrected if you stop and watch some of the trendy garment stores.

It’s true that Japanese fashion is inspired a lot by the west but they are exclusive and knitted to suit on the Japanese climate. While some fashion trends are awfully funky, eccentric and bizarre fashion trends are considered as hot by most Japanese people.

Japan is quintessence of culture and tradition but of late, the country has been epitomised as world’s fashion hub. The fashion fraternity of Japan have started working hand in hand with the global giants to redesign the antiquity into modern ways. The fashion conscious Japanese people are always dress up on the merit of occasion.

Floral prints making a style statement

With the onset of summer season, it seems that whole Japan is immersed in flowers and floral prints. You can see lots of women on the streets of metropolises donning floral prints. Whether they are dressed in shirts, blouses or any other clothes, floral prints are the current rage amongst fashionistas in Japan.

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Fashion trends tend to change with every passing season and Japan is no exception to it. Another facet of Japan is that fashion trends of every country blend well with its very own. So, do not get surprised when you find some similarities between London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo fashion trends.

Amazing hairstyle being donned by Japanese girls

Fashion does not include only clothes but hairstyles are also integral part of it. When talking about Japanese fashion trends, you can’t afford to ignore hairstyles of Japanese women. Most Japanese girls, especially teenagers and girls in twenties prefer to style their hairs prettily. They give different styles to hairs with amazing accessories. It’s quite common to see simple plaits with striking accessories and you will be astonished to find few women sporting over the top accessories and yet carrying themselves gorgeously.

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Watch out the cat-woman style in accessories segment

In the accessories segment, it seems that cat-woman theme is pretty much liked in Japan. This latest fashion trend is parading on the streets of fashionable Japan like never before. The cat-woman style has not left out anything without its impression; you can find everything, from headgear to footwear designed with this latest style statement.

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Japan is a fashion conscious society; carry you brilliantly in Japan to avoid being pointed out by the fashion police.

Know-how on Japan: Ancient and Modern

Japan is a country where you can experience ancient culture blending well with modernisation. This country has evolved as a technology giant yet keeping the roots and culture intact with its existence. In the modern Japan, you can find traces of Asian, European and North American cultures, which make it hybrid.

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The residents of this Island nation witnessed prolonged isolation from outside world but the onset of The Black Ships and the Meiji period brought the country on the international map.

Language of Japan

Japanese language is an agglutinative language, as most of the words in the lexicons are formed by joining morphemes together. The first mention of Japanese language can be traced back to 252 AD into a Chinese document.

Japanese literature

Near about the beginning, Japanese literature had great influences from the Chinese literature, owing to the culture contact. With the diffusion of Buddhism religion in Japan, the influences of Indian literature also started growing in the country. Of late, Japanese writers have developed own concepts and started writing about Japan. Yet, you can find the traces of Western and Eastern literature in the Japanese works.

Music in Japan

Music in Japan is something that you can relate to traditional as well modern genres. Do you know that Japan is only second biggest music market of world? You can find local music at the karaoke venues, mostly on records labels’ lease. The conventional Japanese music is based on the human breathing, unlike Western music, which prefers mathematical timing.

Ancient architectures

The architectures in Japan have a long history. Most of the architectures are based on Chinese designs but varies on several aspects, primarily indigenous to Japan. The temples, Shinto shrines and castles are the best examples of ancient architectures. Most of the Japanese architectures are built with gardens inside the premises.

Traditional and modern fashion in Japan

If anything that distinguishes Japan from entire world, it’s the traditional clothing. The kimono is the traditional wears of Japan. These are full length garments but initially, it was referred to all the types of clothing. In the modern Japan, Kimono is preferred by men and women on the special occasions.

In the modern times, Japanese fashion has come of age. The entire world has started recognising Japanese fashion sense. Japanese designers and fashion trends have made their presence felt on the international fashion platforms.

Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine has a long past. You can have some of most sophisticated and refined dishes in Japan. Of late, Japanese dishes have become quite popular and considered fashionable in the USA and Europeans countries. Sushi, Tempura and Teriyaki are some of the common Japanese foods available throughout the world. The main diet in Japan consists of rice, pickled or boiled vegetables and fresh seafood. Japanese people have a healthy food habit and it’s often reasoned for their longevity.

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In a nutshell, Japan is an exciting and mesmerising country. You can experience several unique and exceptional things in Japan.

Groundbreaking Collections on the Tokyo Fashion Week fall’13 ramps

Have you ever been to “Kawaii Matsuri?” Well if you misjudge it as a city in Japan, you are wrong. Literally it is translated as “Cute Festival”, a carnival that celebrates all things Harajaku.

If you visit this festival anytime, you will come to know all the fashion trends that street-smart district of Harajaku has to offer you. You have plenty of choice to shop around and get a complete picture on latest trends in the Japanese fashion world.

The Tokyo Fashion Week just wrapped up last month. Several cliché and exceptionally designed clothes were put on showcase around the week. Similar to last edition, who-is-who of fashion world presented their designs.

First day of Tokyo Fashion Week

On the very first day of fashion week, different cerebral and moody clothing graced the ramps. The Yohji Yamamoto collections proved that this fashion is still “in” and up for a tough contention with “Kawai” fashion trends.

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Japan homes some of the pioneers in textile mills and the fashion fads in Japan gain maximum out of their presence. The quirky and bizarre collections presented by Japanese designers had everything to believe this theory.

Day Two

On the onset of day two, renowned designer Kunihiko Morinaga said, “Fashion think black and white are the be-all, end-all, but we are surrounded by digital screens in vivid colours, so our clothes could reflect that world.”

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On the day two, some of the highly innovative brands unveiled their wonderful collections. Presentations from Anrealage were designed with photo-chromic dye that turned to vivid pastel by getting exposure to passionate lighting. Expectedly, the entire collection was praised with thunderous applause from the presented audience.

Day Three

And here arrives the day three. The fringe collections, straight from the Harajaku fashion, were unveiled on the platform. The designer couple Mikio Sakabe and Shueh Jen-Fang presented their nitty-gritty assortment in uber-geeks manner. The philosophy of anime and manga comic books dominated the entire collection designer duo. On a whole, day three was dedicated to street fashion trends.

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Fourth Day

The exciting fourth day of fashion week saw a cameo from doppelgangers of Late Yves Saint Laurent. The talented designer Hidenori Kumakiri honoured the cult designer with his male models in the young Yves look. Beautiful girls were dressed in Le Smokings, a creation of Yves.

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Other ones to caught attention from everywhere were Dynamite Cabarets from Gut and Somarta’s ripe ladies collections.

Day Five

On the day five, Jun Okamoto made a statement with images of coffee beans as cartoons, on his fall’13 collections. The entire tights and fluid dresses were carrying a hint from this innovative design. The star-printed columns and skirts were sophisticated.

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Yoshio Kubo uncovered his menswear collection in slick and aerodynamic style. The big ticket designer GVGV was as usual the hottest stuff on the Tokyo fashion platform. The latex and leather finished collection was appetizing to all the eyes.

Last Day of Tokyo Fashion Week

The Tokyo Fashion Week bid sayonara till next edition with presentations from Tokyo’s top designers. Although Comme des Garcons didn’t show up on the ramp but its Ganryu label successfully filled the vacant spot. The entire collection was patterned on urban huntsman.

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By the end of sixth day, the entire Japanese fashion trends for fall’ 13 were showcased on world’s one of the most exciting fashion hubs.