2017年8月

Soumen, the thinnest Japanese noodle

素麺/索麺(Soumen) is a type of very thin white Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. The diameter of soumen is under 1.3 mm, and it is usually served cold with a light flavored dipping sauce. You might imagine ‘udon’ if you heard Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. Soumen’s main ingredients are the same as that…

‘Omiyage’ in Kanazawa

What is お土産(omiyage) in the first place? I’d like to write what お土産(omiyage) is before I tell you about omiyage in Kanazawa. I think it is one of Japanese cultures that people buy some souvenirs for their family, friends or co-workers when they go on a trip. When I take a vacation and go on…

My short trip to Hokuriku! A special beach you can drive on?!

千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ(Chirihama nagisa driveway) is a only place in Japan that people can drive along the beach. According to Wikipedia, there are three beaches that people can drive in the world including Chirihama nagisa driveway. The other two are Daytona Beach in the US and 90 mile Beach(Waitarere Beach) in New Zealand. Chirihama nagisa driveway is…

The day that people eat eels!      

土用の丑の日(Doyou no ushi no hi=the day of the ox in the term called doyou) July 25th and August 6th, 2017 are days called “Doyou no ushi no hi” in Japan. If you asked Japanese people “What is Doyou no ushi no hi?”, most of them would answer that “It’s a day that we eat unagi(=eel…

My short trip to Hokuriku! Eihei-ji, a famous Buddhist temple for severe training

永平寺(Eihei-ji) is one of two main temples of Soto school of Zen Buddhism, the largest single religious denomination in Japan. The name literally means “temple of eternal peace” in English. In Japanese, 永(Ei) means “eternal”, 平(Hei) means “peaceful”, and 寺(Ji) means “Buddhist temple”. It named after the designation of an era “永平(Eihei)”, when Buddhism came…