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Posts by Edward Young

Just Slurp It: How to Eat Soba Noodles the Proper Way

Soba noodles, made of buckwheat flour, are much loved throughout Japan. It is a traditional Japanese meal that has been eaten for ages! You will find soba served in a variety of dining establishments, particularly those that specialize in noodle dishes. Because of the buckwheat, soba noodles are full of vitamins and have a tasty flavor that makes you completely satisfied after your meal. Eating soba in is one of the most interesting ways to experience a Japanese culture. If you guess you should simply put it in your mouth, chew and swallow, you are mistaken. Here are few soba-eating tips for you to make your Japanese trip unforgettable! What to Choose? Soba noodles can

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How to Eat Yakitori Like a Japanese

When it comes to the snacks in Japan, yakitori is definitely worth a try. The literal translations is ‘grilled chicken’ and it refers to the bite-sized pieces of chicken meat and giblets, strung on the bamboo skewers and grilled over the charcoal. The restaurants serving up delicious sticks of grilled food can be found everywhere in Japan. However, many people like to enjoy yakitori on the go purchasing it from street vendors scattered outside the train stations. Where to Try Yakitori? Having troubles finding the place that serves yakitori? Just watch out for the clouds of aromatic smoke waffling out the grill stands. The smells are so enticing that it is

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Discover Kyoto: Sweets, Textile, Pottery

One always feels a sense of awe when in Kyoto. Formerly the ancient imperial capital of Japan, the city offers countless layers for anyone willing to delve deeper than the typical tourist’s route. Crafts and Artisans of Kyoto Named the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’, the old capital is ancient Japan brought to life: countless temples and shrines, majestic pavilions and sprawling gardens. If you want to experience Japan’s culture at its most rich, Kyoto is where you need to go. In terms of traditional Japanese arts and crafts, there are three types you can experience that are distinctly Kyoto: traditional Japanese sweets 和菓子 (Wagashi), 清水焼 (Pottery), and 機織り機 (textile

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How to Experience the Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship in Tokyo

A typical tourist’s day in Japan may be going to tourist spots in Tokyo, Kyoto or Hokkaido, eating great Japanese food or maybe checking out Otaku culture. But if you are looking for a different experience than the usual tourist fare or want to experience Japan’s rich history through remnants from the past, I suggest trying some traditional crafts and arts in Japan. When people hear the term “Japanese traditional crafts” they usually think of kimono, bonsai, or pottery but there’s much more than that. There are numerous traditional Japanese crafts that have been passed down from century to century. The modern Japanese traditional artisans are a unique breed. Steeped in

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