Author Archives: Masa

Soba noodles

Soba noodles are a type of Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. They have a unique nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture. Soba noodles are a versatile and widely consumed staple in Japanese cuisine. Here are some key points … Read More

various types of ramen

Various Types of Ramen

Ramen is a Japanese dish that consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and topped with ingredients such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, and sometimes a … Read More

Daruma

How do we use DARUMA “達磨” ??

A Happy New Year 2024 The Daruma doll tradition involves making a wish or setting a specific goal when you acquire the doll. Here are the general steps associated with making a Daruma wish: Acquire a Daruma Doll: Obtain a … Read More

Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most significant Buddhist temples in Japan. Here is a brief overview of its history: Foundation (7th Century): Zenko-ji Temple was founded in the 7th century, during the early years of Buddhism in … Read More

Nagano: What is Oyaki?

Oyaki is a traditional Japanese snack or street food that originated in Nagano Prefecture. It is a type of dumpling or pastry filled with various ingredients such as sweet red bean paste, vegetables, or sometimes even savory ingredients like meat. … Read More

Teishoku, Katsuretsu & Ebifurai

“Teishoku” (定食) is a Japanese term that refers to a set meal, typically consisting of a main dish, rice, miso soup, pickles (tsukemono), and sometimes a small side dish. Teishoku is a common and traditional style of dining in Japan … Read More

Japanese Curry ♪

This is my favourite food, Japanese curry, or “kare” (カレー) as it is known in Japan, is a popular and distinctive style of curry that has become a staple of Japanese cuisine. It has a unique flavor profile compared to … Read More

Intro: Food & Cultural Walking Tour in Nagano

Intro: Food & Cultural Walking Tour in Nagano It is very easy to get Nagano station from Tokyo station. It just takes 1.5 hour by bullet train. Famous places from Nagano station are such as Hakuba, Snow Monkey, Nozawa, Obuse, Matsumoto,  … Read More

Izakaya Food Tour in Nagano

You can be like a resident, Izakaya Food Tour in Nagano

You can be like a resident, Izakaya Food Tour in Nagano Join our tour for a night out to feel like you are residents. Unlike Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, it will be very difficult to find where the locals go … Read More

Intro:Togakushi Shrine Hiking Trails Tour

First of all, a littile bit about Togakushi Folk Tale….. The god of Oku Sha is Ame-no-tajikarao.  In japan mythology and according to Kojiki(Records of Ancient Matters), the bad behavior of Susano’o, the Japanese god of storms, drove his sister Amaterasu into the Ama-no-Iwato cave. Because Amaterasu is … Read More