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Japanese Foods You Should Never Had Before - New Year's Foods

Japanese Foods You Should Never Had Before - New Year's Foods

January 05, 2019 |

Happy New Year to all! Like everyone in the world celebrates the new year is coming, the new year is a big celebration in Japan as well and the new year season is the largest holiday in Japan. Public transport packed everywhere. Most shops except convenience stores are closed. Boring...

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This is what Japanese people do on New Year's Eve

This is what Japanese people do on New Year's Eve

December 29, 2018 |

What is New Year's Eve in Japan like? Omisoka (pronounced as Oh-me-so-ka), that is what Japanese people call new year's eve. About the time Christmas finishes, people get busy again preparing for the year-end and new year season in Japan. Arguably, the new year's day is the most important day...

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'Forget the year' party in Japan and Japanese bar's must-eat food

'Forget the year' party in Japan and Japanese bar's must-eat food

December 23, 2018 |

What is Bonen-kai (忘年会)? December is coming and the people in the town look so busy. Some are busy for Christmas shopping and others are for endless parties.  Here in Japan, December is supposedly the busiest month of the year as well. Couples are making plans for Christmas (believe it or...

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Tropical Foods in Japan - Okinawan food

Tropical Foods in Japan - Okinawan food

December 17, 2018 |

Where is Okinawa?  Okinawa consists of small islands located in the south far from Kyushu where located in the southern part of Japan. It takes 3 and a half hours flight from Tokyo, about two and a half hours from Osaka.   Now a lot of aeroplanes including LCC are flying and...

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5 Sushi You Can Eat Only in Japan!

5 Sushi You Can Eat Only in Japan!

December 01, 2018 |

Japanese eat Sushi outside Japan? Do you like Sushi? Or maybe you love sushi because you read this blog. How much do you know about sushi? Have you ever been to a sushi restaurant in Japan and tried an authentic one? If that's the case, you already know sushi restaurants are...

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畅游日本~冲绳篇~

畅游日本~冲绳篇~

November 28, 2018 |

由于工作的需要,TD此次的日本之行,去了冲绳本岛小观光了一下。今天就跟大家聊聊冲绳 在我心中冲绳一直是日本必去地之一,因为天气好,大海好,沙滩好,文化好,食物好,总之是好好好好好。 知道冲绳历史的人,一定知道,冲绳还有另外一个名称叫琉球。冲绳本岛包括周围的零星小岛也叫琉球群岛。冲绳的历史悠长,很难用只字片语来叙述。不过冲绳是一个文化融合,深受中国、日本、美国等国家影响的南国群岛。历史记载,古代琉球群岛曾是中国的朝奉国,1372年明太祖朱元璋发布诏谕,赐名琉球,随后派闽人三十六姓擅造船航海技术者往琉球群岛定居,自此拉开了冲绳与中国文化续写的篇章。 1609年日本萨摩藩进攻琉球,并将琉球归属萨摩藩管辖,取名冲绳。但为了继续维持与明朝和后清的朝贡贸易,琉球群岛表面上仍是保持独立的琉球王国。在此后长达百年的时间里,中日曾因冲绳的归属与独立屡次交手,甚至到了几乎开战的状态,后在英美的调停下才暂时结束,冲绳时为日本掌控。 二次世界大战爆发,冲绳作为日本南方的主要战场,经历了血与泪的交锋。美军日军均在此地损伤惨重,战后岛上人口也骤减四分之一。据说日本军曾强迫琉球人集体自杀或因食物的短缺杀害大批岛民,还有一说是由于冲绳人说琉球语因而被当作间谍杀害。1945年日本战败后,冲绳一直被美国占领,美国统治时期企图削弱当地日本人的国家认同和民族意识,但仍不断发生大规模复归运动示威游行。最终在1971年美国将冲绳归还日本。 另外,根据近代考古研究发现,由于地理位置的关系,冲绳的北部接近日本因而深受日本文化影响,使用的石器近日本弥生时代,而南部地区使用的土器则与台湾原住民的类似,因此冲绳与台湾也存有文化关联。 纵观冲绳的历史,不难理解为什么冲绳虽属日本却与日本本岛有着很大的文化差异。 首先体现在饮食上,冲绳岛民非常擅长料理猪肉并且吃很多的猪肉,他们认为猪猪全身是宝,每个部位都可以拿来吃,从而出现了很多日本本岛不可能出现的冲绳料理。比如冲绳的卤五花肉(ラフテー),排骨,猪脚,软骨,猪耳还有内脏等。这些吃法和中国饮食非常相像,只是冲绳人不使用八角、茴香、肉桂、豆蔻等香料来料理猪肉,只用泡盛、酱油,冲绳黑砂糖和岛盐来入菜,所以冲绳的卤肉口感更为清爽。冲绳人会用卤肉搭配一种类似乌冬面的白面条,海鲜汤底清爽鲜甜,勾勒出特有的南国风味,这便是有名的冲绳面,吃的时候可用泡盛浸泡的岛辣椒增加风味。说到泡盛,你可能不知道是什么,但是说到白酒,你应该不会陌生。泡盛是一种冲绳特有的高酒精浓度蒸馏酒,来源于中国的白酒,香气浓郁,口感清甜。如果说泡盛是冲绳人的灵魂之酒一点也不为过,有机会去冲绳旅行,请务必领悟一下泡盛的魅力。除了泡盛,冲绳出身赋予orion啤酒特有的南国气质,也是酒爱好者必尝之一。不饮酒的人也不必担心,冲绳流行一种叫さんぴん茶的饮品,带有茉莉花清香的茶,原来是中国的香片茶直接音译过来的,但其实也不同于中国的香片,是日本绿茶与茉莉花的冲绳组合。在冲绳到处都可以看到她的身影,便利店,自动贩卖机,餐馆,总之在东京你会发现日本人人手一瓶绿茶,在冲绳你会发现人手一瓶さんぴん茶。冲绳盛产热带水果,如凤梨、芒果、火龙果、番石榴等,还有一种冲绳特有的柑橘类水果叫シークワーサー,这种小小的柑橘据说可美容养颜,到冲绳请务必尝试一下各种果汁以及水果苏打。 代表典型的冲绳乡土料理还有杂炒(チャンプルー),比较有名的有苦瓜猪肉鸡蛋杂炒,菜心麸鸡蛋杂炒,豆芽韭菜猪肉杂炒,组合种类繁多,但都可清晰看到中国饮食文化的深厚影响。在美国文化的熏陶下,也有用spam午餐肉、培根或香肠代替猪肉混合中式做法的独特冲绳料理。   (图为冲绳面)     (图为冲绳料理卤猪脚)   (图为冲绳料理苦瓜spam鸡蛋杂炒)     (图为冲绳小吃豆腐糕,源于中国的豆腐乳,口感偏甜少咸)   (图为冲绳料理黄油鱼)   (图为冲绳泡盛)     (图为冲绳的さんぴん茶)   由于长期受美国文化熏陶,冲绳孕育出了很多独特的美式食物。比如被称为冲绳庶民灵魂食物的タコライス Taco Rice,其实是由墨西哥塔可玉米饼🌮️演变而来,美国人将这种简易的食物带到冲绳,又经过当地人的改良搭配日本人喜爱的米饭,随后普及大众。冲绳人大概每周吃一次塔可饭,学校食堂、便当、咖啡店、餐馆,随处可见。   (图为冲绳タコライス Taco Rice)   另外,各种美国风的家庭餐馆、快餐店、牛排店也很丰富。   (图为日本只在冲绳才有的美国A&W快餐)   (图为冲绳88牛排店)   谈到肉,冲绳有两个名牌肉。猪肉名牌阿古猪,最初是从中国引进的,战后这种优质的猪几乎灭绝了,当时冲绳名护市政府组织全岛寻猪,最终找到了仅有的几头纯种阿古猪,并开始了保护繁育工作,时至今日格外珍贵。另一个名肉石垣牛,是石垣岛培育的特种和牛,由于口感好数量少,价格不菲,也是高级的象征。如果资金充足,请务必品尝一下阿古猪和石垣牛,一定让你惊叹不已。 说完了正餐,甜点该上场了。冲绳本土品牌Blue Seal Ice Cream冰淇淋店,美式与南国混血风格,冲绳人一年四季无法放弃的美味,超级好吃,推荐黑糖、冲绳红薯、蓝色波浪、盐味金楚糕、琉球皇家奶茶等特有口味。 (图为Blue Seal Ice Cream)...

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What Sushi Are Actually Japanese People Eating?

What Sushi Are Actually Japanese People Eating?

November 24, 2018 |

What is Sushi for the Japanese? Sushi, Japanese food is already almost the symbol of Japanese cuisine or even more. More and more people love this Japanese food in the world. It is widely recognised as something new, healthy, suitable for diet food among the westerners.  Just ten years ago,...

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3 Reasons Japanese Halloween Is The Greatest Party In The World

3 Reasons Japanese Halloween Is The Greatest Party In The World

October 13, 2018 |

Is there Halloween in Japan? Have you experienced Halloween in Japan? You might think a bit weird now. Does Japan have Halloween, too? If you asked me this question ten years ago, my answer should have been 'umm, Yes or No'. But, if you ask the same question today, my...

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【Series Japanese Must-Go Chain Store】Yoshinoya 吉野家 【Vol. 2】

【Series Japanese Must-Go Chain Store】Yoshinoya 吉野家 【Vol. 2】

October 06, 2018 |

What is Gyu-don?  Do you know the most popular fast food in Japan? As the States have a hamburger and Mcdonald's, Japan also has own fast food and its chain store. They're 'Gyu-don' and 'Yoshinoya' respectively.  Japanese love this Gyu-don so much. When you walk along the street in Japan,...

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The Japanese Go To Mountain In Autumn - Here's Why

The Japanese Go To Mountain In Autumn - Here's Why

September 29, 2018 |

What is 'Koyo' (紅葉) season? In autumn, we have a big event in Japan. Sports day at school (normally it is taken place in October in Japan), autumn treats are also very typical autumn things in Japan. But, seeing autumn colours is definitely the autumn event above all in Japan....

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Harvest Moon Festival in Japan - Rabbit Making Rice Cake On the Moon?

Harvest Moon Festival in Japan - Rabbit Making Rice Cake On the Moon?

September 22, 2018 |

What is Harvest Moon Festival? 'Harvest Moon Festival' is coming every autumn in Japan. As this holiday falls on 15th of August in the lunar calendar, the date (on the current calendar) varies every year. This year (2018), 24th of September is the day.  This festival originates in China and...

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Autumn of Appetite is Coming! - 5 Things to Eat in Autumn in Japan

Autumn of Appetite is Coming! - 5 Things to Eat in Autumn in Japan

September 15, 2018 |

Why Japanese autumn is 'autumn of appetite'? It's still so hot in September in Japan. Japanese summer sometimes makes you feel like an endless agony. When the late September comes, it finally gets colder gradually. In autumn, there're so many foods are in the best season in Japan and they're...

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