2013/07/27

Udon

Udon are major kinds of noodle which have long been loved by Japanese people. Udon are made from wheat flour. Generally, udon are thicker, and are whitish in color. This is eaten hot or cold with soy-sauce-based broth. Various condiments such as chopped green onions, and sesame seeds are usually provided on the side.


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*Ramen
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/07/25

Rice balls

Rice balls (Onigiri) are a convenient take-out food, like sandwiches. The most common shapes are round, oval and triangular. To make a rice ball, you squeeze lightly salted steamed rice into the desired shapes with your hands. Also, it is popular to put pickled plums, chunks of salted salmon in the middle of a rice ball. Rice balls are often wrapped in dried laver seaweed so as to make handling them less sticky.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/07/19

Kyogen

Kyogen is a classical comic drama with spoken lines, which developed during the 14-15th century(Muromachi period). The Kyogen actors perform in the simple, realistic kimonos of the ordinary people of medieval Japan. The stories are usually about the character’s daily events. The dialogue are easy tounderstand and include lots ofhumor and caricatures.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/07/12

Noh

Noh is Japanese oldest form of musical dance-drama. The Noh actors wear rich, heavy, ancient costumes and masks. They express emotions only through dancing and gestures. Accompaniment is provided by traditional instruments such as drums(Tsuzumi and Taiko) and flutes(Nokan).

Noh is originally known as sangaku or funny parodies. It was brought from China to Japan around the beginning of the 8th century. It gradually became a more subtle and profound story-telling art form. In the 14th century, a father and son combination named Kan’ami and Zeami that were patronized by third Muromachi shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitu established the stylized tradition known today as Noh. While Kabuki was for the common people, Noh was a ceremonial drama performed on auspicious occasions for the warrior class.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/07/07

The Star Festival

July 7th is the Star Festival called Tanabata. This seasonal event originated from both an ancient Chinese legend and Japanese mythology. In China, it is said that the Herdsman (the star Altair) and the Weaver (the star Vega) can meet only once a year on this day over the Milky Way.

People celebrate the day by decorating big branches of bamboo with colored oblong cards. Poems and wishes are written on them. The Star Festival held in Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture is very famous. 


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture