Ramen, udon, and soba… there are so many foods to choose from!

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17/10/2014 Foods & Drinks

“Kawara Soba,” the regional cuisine you definitely want to try when you visit Yamaguchi Prefecture

A clue about the unique cooking method is that it stems from battle Let me introduce a unique regional cuisine that utilizes kawara tile, a material used traditionally for roofs in Japan. In the City of Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there is a local cuisine called “kawara soba” that consists of “cha-soba”, or noodles with tea kneaded into the dough and various toppings that are served on a heated kawara tile. Where did the idea of serving food on a kawara tile come from? In 1887 Japan experienced what would become its final civil war. There are stories from that time talking about the intervals between long field battles in […]

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24/12/2015 Travel Destinations

Grab an English map and have a look at the stylish, retro restaurants at the foot of Mt. Fuji!

Mt. Fuji

The hidden restaurants and bars that you don’t know about, are here! There are many great Japanese restaurants such as yakitori, sushi, soba, and even bars around the Fujisan station at the Fuji Express Line. These shops are popular among local people, but they are located hidden areas. Recently, new stylish cafés and restaurants have opened up and it creates a cool, new atmosphere in the town. You MUST eat Udon noodles in Yoshida! Enjoyed for over 500 years, Yoshida’s Udon is “The Dish” of Yoshida city. It is said that people used to eat the udon to purify their body before climbing the mountain. There are more than 70 […]

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25/08/2014 Life&Language  Seasonal

Scoop and slurp! Nagashi Somen.

Just scoop up and slurp down the noodles as they flow towards you on the slide!

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01/07/2016 Foods & Drinks

What’s the differences between Ramen and Tsukemen (Dipping noodles)?

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Ramen’s archrival, “Tsukemen(Dipping noodles)”!
I’ll show you the differences between them. I’ll also introduce the differences between Tokyo-style Tsukemen and Hiroshima-style Tsukemen, which is ideal for the hot summer!

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25/11/2014 Travel Destinations

The lovely waters and the abundant greenery of “Jindaiji Temple” will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the city.


The Lovely Waters and the Abundant Greenery of “Jindaiji Temple” Will Make You Forget the Hustle and Bustle of the City. Located in Tokyo’s western suburb of Chofu, Jindaiji temple is surrounded by such abundant greenery that you cannot believe you are in Tokyo, and the stone-paved pathway to the temple, lined with traditional teahouses and soba noodle shops, will make you feel as though you are in an ancient city like Kyoto or Nara. This is a popular sightseeing spot, because while still nearby to Tokyo, you can also savor the feeling of taking a journey. In addition, the god of this temple is famous as a matchmaker, so […]

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01/05/2015 Foods & Drinks  Travel Destinations

Goboten Udon is a root vegetable cuisine that is loved by the people in Fukuoka Prefecture! Its crispy and crunchy texture is worth giving it a try!

What’s Goboten Udon? It’s Fukuoka people’s soul food. Guess what these finely shredded things are! It’s a Tempura made of the shredded root vegetable, gobo. It comes with hot udon noodles and a hot soup broth made from dried bonito, dried seaweed, and konbu. In Fukuoka Prefecture, the goboten udon is popular among people, and many udon restaurants have it on their menu. What’s gobo? Some of you living in other countries might wonder what kind of vegetable gobo is. I can totally understand why you might not know about it, because it’s mainly eaten in Japan. Frankly to say, gobo is the root of Asteraceae type flowers. You might […]

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04/05/2015 Travel Destinations

A recommended route for touring Izumo Vol.1 Make a good match by visiting a place thought to be, flowing with mystical energy.

There are many locations in Izumo thought to be flowing with mystical energy. Why not visit Izumo when you want more energy, power and motivation to seek an unknown mystical power? *In Japanese, the coined term “power spot” denotes any location thought to be, flowing with mystical energy. These places are believed to heal and energize people based on spirituality, feng shui, and Qigong. Location A Izumo-taisha Shrine Izumo-taisha Shrine is one of the most famous ‘power spots.’ This place is famous for its match making God and fortune God, and it’s said that myriads of Gods from all over Japan will meet here in October, according to the old […]

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06/10/2015 Travel Destinations

Experience it with your five senses! Our recommended route for a 2-day trip to Hiroshima! (MOVIE)


We will recommend the same route we have traveled for 2 days Hiroshima! We toured Hiroshima by streetcars and visited Miyajima Island at night. The next day, we went to the Shimanami Kaido. We also enjoyed the good food of Hiroshima Prepared yourself with a good pair of walking shoes!

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02/12/2015 Travel Destinations

Matsumoto-jo Castle was built 400 years ago to win gun battles (Nagaono Prefecure)

Matsumoto Castle

The impressive, Matsumoto-jo Castle. The oldest castle tower in Japan has 5 tiers and 6 floors, and has been preserved in its current state for 400 years. This black castle is also called “Uzyo” and is one of the most popular. The contrast of the black castle with white snow is especially beautiful. Let me introduce the inside. A castle built for military strategy Along with it’s impressive exterior, Matsumoto Castle is also built for military strategies and gun battles. It has fewer windows and more openings to accommodate gun barrels. Ishitosohi, or openings to drop stones onto soldiers climbing the stone walls, is another impressive feature of this castle. […]

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29/10/2014 Foods & Drinks

How would you like to try “Nagasaki Champon”, a local noodle dish from Nagasaki whose name means, “to mix”?

It is cheap and highly nutritious! This local dish was developed from Chinese cuisine. There was a time period called “Sakoku” (literally meaning, national isolation) in which Japan did not have any kind of relationship with other countries. At that time, the only place that had a cultural exchange with a foreign country was Nagasaki. This has greatly influenced the food culture there as well. “Nagasaki Champon,” a representative noodle dish from Nagasaki is said to have been created for Chinese exchange students in Nagasaki by people who had come from the Fujian Province in China. This dish, made by cooking abundant vegetables and scraps of meat together with Chinese […]

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11/11/2014 Foods & Drinks

“Hakata ramen,” the first step to becoming a ramen connoisseur

If you are having “Hakata ramen,” you have got to master all about the hardness of the noodles and about “kaedama” (or second serving of noodles on a previously purchased ramen bowl.) It is likely that everybody here knows “Hakata ramen.” Japanese ramen is popular among foreigners, so there may even be many of you who have actually eaten it before. This ramen is characterized by the combination of its extra fine noodles with a rich and milky tonkotsu soup. But, aside from its content, it is known for the fact that customers can choose the hardness of the noodles, and also as the originator of the “kaedama,” which consists […]

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19/12/2014 Foods & Drinks

Eating “Toshikoshi Soba Noodles” on December 31st will give you good fortune?


New years Eve (Omisoka) has arrived! In Japan we call the last day of the year, December 31st, Omisoka. This day is to rid oneself of negativity and prepare for the New Year. One end of the year custom is eating Toshikoshi Soba Noodles, commonly eaten on the last day of the year. Why, you ask? Eat Toshikoshi Soba Noodles and free yourself from the hardships of the year! There are several reasons. First of all, the noodle is easy to cut, symbolizing the ability to cut off the evil and negativity of the year. Also, the noodle is long and thin, so it signifies living longer and being healthy […]

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26/01/2015 Foods & Drinks

”Himokawa Udon” is a kind of foldable noodle like a cloth, a local noodle dish from Gunma


“Is this noodle!?” When I first saw this noodle, I was so surprised even I have been in Japan for 8 years!(I’m from Shanghai, China)It’s opposite to the traditional thin and long noodle, and is very wide! This is called “Himokawa Udon”, a specialty of Kiryu city, Gunma Pref. There are variety of noodles in Japan according to the history and environment in each area. If it was made of flour and has certain width and thickness, it is called Udon. The kinds of Udon is classified by a guideline “Quality Labeling Standards for instant noodles” by Japan Agricultural Standards(JAS). ・Diameter of more than 1.7mm ― Udon ・Diameter of more […]

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18/06/2015 Foods & Drinks

Popular Iranian/Japanese ramen in Koenji at Bia Bia restaurant

A ramen shop that’s popular among women and children. Bia Bia is about a 1 min walk from the Higashi-koenji station on Tokyo’s metro Marunouchi line. It looks more like a café or hair salon than a ramen shop. The typical Japanese ramen shop consists of a bunch of guys sitting at a counter, quietly eating ramen, with a grumpy owner quietly serving them. Nowadays it’s getting more common for women to eat ramen alone, but it’s still a bit hard for them to get a seat at a ramen shop on their own. Today, I’d like to introduce a ramen shop that’s popular among women and children and surprisingly […]

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19/08/2015 Foods & Drinks

Go try Hiroshima’s specialty, “Bakudan-ya” ‘s Tsukemen, as soon as you arrive!

Taste the popular Japanese food Tsukemen, in Hiroshima! The summer is coming to the end, but Japan is still very hot these days. Don’t you feel like eating something hot on a hot day? For those who love spicy food, I recommend Tsukemen from “Bakudan-ya”. There are some special Tsukemen shops all over Japan, but Hiroshima‘s has a special feature. Tsukemen is a type of cold noodle that you dip in hot soup. Occasionally, you can choose from hot or cold soups, and hot or cold noodles. Its very similar to Japanese “Zaru-soba”. Chili battle! What level of spiciness do you prefer? The special feature of Hiroshima’s Tsukemen is its […]

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03/09/2015 Foods & Drinks

My favorite “Soba shop” in Asakusa! Go there, it’s the best!

Try traditional Japanese cuisine Asakusa is one of the most famous places for sightseeing in Japan and Sensouji temple and Kaminarimon are located here. I recommend that you to visit “Namiki-Yabu-Soba” shop while your there. This soba shop was founded in 1913 , as one of the “Yabu-Gosannke(藪御三家).” “Yabu(籔)” means historical soba shop in Tokyo, which implies one of three famous and historical restaurants in Tokyo. The most unique feature of the Namiki-Yabu-Soba is the strong soy source flavor of its savory soba broth. This is the reason why I often go to this Soba shop. Which menu item is most popular? The most popular menu item is “Zaru-Soba”! If […]

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28/07/2014 Foods & Drinks

Super-thick “Ise udon” noodles, which are boiled for an hour!

【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】 This dish is so popular that it will have you scolded by the god Emma for wanting to eat it! Udon is a dish that is much loved all over Japan, but Ise udon has been in the limelight lately. Tourist after tourist is surprised by how different this dish is to regular udon. Ise udon is the local style of udon in Mie Prefecture, home of the Ise Grand Shrine. This simple dish features super thick noodles with a diameter of one centimeter! They are served in a black sauce and are covered with sliced green onions and raw egg. Ise udon noodles are known […]

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30/09/2015 Foods & Drinks

“Shuukaen”, the ramen shop in Onomichi that brings in ramen lovers!

Shuukaen Ramen

Shuukaen is a ramen shop that opened in 1947 in Onomichi. The first owner, Shu Ashun, was from Taiwan and the shop is still referred to as “Shu-san” by the local people. I recommend arriving earlier for lunch on weekends, because the lines tend to get long just after they open.

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