White strawberries picking – 4 hidden farms around Tokyo

White strawberries (白いちご) can be found in department stores and fruit stores in Japan. They appeared to be pure white or slightly pink in colour, giving us an impression that they are sour as they are not red as “usual”. Nonetheless, they are quite sweet with a sugar content of 12 to 15 degrees (The sugar content of common red strawberries…

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White strawberries in Japan – Sweeter and Softer!

The very first white strawberry in Japan – the “Fragrance of First Love” White strawberries’ popularity is gradually increasing in Japan since the very first one called “Fragrance of First Love” (Hatsukoi-no-kaori 初恋の香り) appeared in 2009. The name was given as this strawberry does not turn red even if it is ripe. The skin is ivory white with…

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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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