2013/09/27

Tatami

In Japanese-style rooms, rectangular mats called "tatami" are used as a floor-covering. A tatami consists of a thick rice straw base and finely woven rush cover with cloth borders.
You can feel good to sit and lie down on a tatami. It is cool in summer and warm in winter.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/09/25

Conveyer belt sushi restaurants

A conveyer belt sushi (kaitenzushi) restaurants is popular in Japan.  The customers sit at a U-shaped counter or at a table there. Around the counter and the tables, a conveyer belt slowly and constantly rotates and carries plates with sushi, salads, and desserts. Customers are supposed to pick up whatever plates they like from the conveyer belt.

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*Sushi
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/09/24

Demae

Demae is to deliver prepared dishes to an address that have been ordered by telephone. There are various kinds of delivery services for food in Japan. Noodles, rice bowls, Chinese dishes, sushi and pizza are common for home-delivery. The payment has to be made in cash at the time of delivery.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/09/23

Shochu

Shochu is not a kind of sake. It is a distilled spirit. The alcohol content is typically around 25%. It is made from one of several raw materials such as rice, buckwheat, barley, sweet potatoes and the like.

Each of them gives a distinctive flavor and aroma to the final product. Shochu is drunk by mixing with hot or cold water.


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*Sake
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/09/22

Sake


Sake is a Japanese traditional alcoholic drink. It is brewed from fermented rice and water. It contains between 15% and 17% alcohol. Tastes range from sweet to dry. You can enjoy sake either warm or slightly chilled. Sake is also used as a flavoring in Japanese cooking.


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*Shochu
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/09/20

Natto

Natto is made from soy beans that are fermented by the natto fungus. Before eating, natto should be stirred until you produce many like spider threads. Then a little bit of soy sauce is added. Some people like to put in chopped green onions, Japanese mustard and other condiments according to taste. Most commonly, natto is eaten with steamed rice.

Because of the strong smell and sticky appearance, non-Japanese often have trouble when trying natto for the first time. “Mito natto” made in Mito city, Ibaraki prefecture is very famous.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture