2013/08/27

Ramen

Ramen's origin is in China. They have been altered and refined to suit the Japanese palate and have become very popular in Japan. Ramen noodles are made from wheat flour, egg, salt and soda water. They are cooked in a meat-based soup which is seasoned with soy sauce, miso paste or salt and served with various toppings such as sliced pork and vegetables.


See also
*Udon
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/08/14

Japanese pickled plums

Japanese pickled plums called umeboshi are the most unique tsukemono (pickles) in Japan. They are reddish, round plums pickled with salt. They are extrimely sour and so are usually eaten with rice or just a little amount is used in cooking after they have been strained. The umeboshi of Wakayama prefecture is very famous.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/08/10

Obon


Obon is a Buddhist memorial service for the ancestors and the deceased of the family. It takes place from the 13th through to the 15th of July or August. During the period, spirits of the dead are believed to return to their families. Japanese people visit the family grave, offer flowers, burn incense sticks and pray for their souls to rest in peace.

In time of Obon, companies and schools become a rest. So recently, many people enjoy the overseas and domestic travel.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Mid-summer gift
*List of Japanese culture

Mid-summer gift

Ochugen is the tradition of gift-giving and is observed from early in July through to the 15th. The word ochugen means the Buddhist obon day, which is celebrated on July 15th on the lunar calendar.

On this time Japanese people send a gift to one's elders or betters or to someone to whom you are indebted. Popular gift items are gourmet food products, ham, alcoholic drinks, canned goods, cooking oil, sweets, tea and washing detergent.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Obon
*List of Japanese culture

2013/08/01

Yukata

The yukata is an informal kimono for summer use. Today people wear yukata at summer festivals, Bon dancing, fireworks events and other summer events.

See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Fireworks display
*List of Japanese culture