Nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles) – a summer tradition in Japan

Eating “flowing noodles” or Nagashi-sōmen (流しそうめん) is a Japanese custom or tradition during summer season. Bunches of sōmen are put in the cool water to slide along series of half-cut bamboo gutters from a higher location down the water stream. When the noodles arrive in front of you, you have to catch them immediately with chopsticks…

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Kibune Kawadoko – the 3 selected riverbed restaurants

In Kibune, most of the ryokan hotel restaurants are located along the river, Kibune kawadoko (川床) are built just few centimeters right upon the river with big and small cascades. The river water runs below the deck on which you are sitting. Listening to the cascade and the flowing of the water, resting your feet in the river…

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Kawadoko (川床) – A meal right at the riverbed in Kyoto

Nouryo Yuka (納涼床) is also regarded as Kawadoko (川床) which literally means river bed. While different places use different pronounciations or terms: Kawayuka (かわゆか) in Osaka Kitahama (大阪北浜); Yuka (ゆか) in Kyoto Kamogawa (京都鴨川); kawadoko (かわどこ) in Kibune (貴船) and Takao (高雄), but they all refer to dining at the river bed. It is a unique summer…

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Travel back in time to the ancient Japan – the Edo Period towns

Edo Period (江戸時代) is the time during the 16th and 18th century in Japan, This is a stable period of time before Meiji Restoration and the development of modern japan. Lots of Japanese historical buildings and cultural activities are created and developed. A small interesting fact is that the worldwide famous nigiri sushi (握り寿司) was…

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Top 10 hot spring towns to walk around according to Japanese

After soaking in the relaxing hot spring (onsen 温泉), we cannot miss the little pleasure of wearing the Japanese bath wear (yukata 浴衣), walking around the hot spring streets and enjoying the townscape. That’s why apart from taking into account the quality of the hot spring water, Japanese people prefer the hot spring towns where communal baths…

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How to Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) like a local

“Hanami” is  the Japanese for cherry blossom viewing, viewing with the sense of appreciating the beauty of it. Hanami should not be done in a rush of time. You can take time to walk slowing through the sakura (cherry blossom trees), empty you mind, enjoy the breeze, and appreciate the bunches of cherry blossoms around you.…

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Top 10 hanami (sakura viewing) locations 桜の名所

The preferred hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) locations rated by Japanese people. As the spring season is approaching. It is time to choose a hanami location in the preferred city and spend time doing a picnic with family and friends, appreciating the beautiful short living pink flowers. Keep in mind that the sakura blooming varies in…

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