It's wintertime in Japan, so why not treat yourself to an "udon tsooa" (udon tour)! Udon, the thick, chewy Japanese noodles made from wheat flour, are a favorite winter food and it is not uncommon for the Japanese people to make a day of eating udon. These self guided tours are really just hopping from restaurant to restaurant eating bowl after bowl of udon.
The Japanese are often said to be in tune with the seasons. But even more so, Iâ€™d say theyâ€™re in tune with the seasonâ€™s food. Autumn is called the season for eating, since so many foods come into season then. If you are traveling in Japan in autumn, donâ€™t miss the autumn delicacies! But youâ€™ll need to know what they are so that you donâ€™t miss out.
If you're looking for an eclectic proficiency in something Japanese, why not join the ranks of the ramen connoisseurs? Ramen noodles differ from region to region within Japan, making the hunt for the perfect ramen a fun, affordable activity to do while traveling around the country. At the same time, you'll be getting a unique taste of the local culture.
To an American, the prices of fresh fruits and vegetables in Tokyo are outrageously expensive. The first time you see a $100 watermelon, you think it's either a joke or, well, a really bad joke. A watermelon, even a square one, should fall within the realm of reasonably priced -- and $100 is rarely considered a reasonable price.
We're not too proud to admit that we'd never heard the term onna hitori-zushi (or, solo woman sushi) before. Of course, we'd never heard of bijin sushi (good-looking woman sushi chef) either. Clearly we need to get out more.
In later times, 2005 may be known as the year of The Great Sauce War. Old-timers will tell tales of the days when families were divided over their support for the tasty, but financially troubled, Ikari Sauch versus their belief that the only way for Japanese Worcestershire to survive was through the kind auspices of rival Bull-Dog sauce.