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Hachiman Shrine’s Reitaisai

Monday, September 17th, 2007

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Yesterday I went to see the Hachiman Shrine’s Reitaisai. It is a yearly festival, and the most important one for any Shinto shrine in Japan. I made an album showing the procession, and I uploaded clips on YouTube showing people carrying the famous “Mikoshi“, and performing the equally famous “Suzume Odori”(Sparrow Dance). Enjoy.

Ainori News – Tachi & Junko

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Tachi Junko

Apparently, Tachi and Junko have broken up for some reason (guess it can’t always end with a wedding and a baby). It seems Tachi has now moved permanently to his favorite area (no doubt where some of the best ski slopes in Japan are), and now works in a shop. According to some fans who talked to him, he is true to the image he projected on the show, i.e. a great, openhearted guy. He is currently single. I guess his participation on Ainori paid off a bit, as he even appeared in a pachinko TV commercial.

Eating Live Fish!

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Japanese are known for their love of raw fish, and delicacies such as sashimi and sushi are getting more and more popular all over the world. Now some Japanese even go further by making live fish (dojo loaches) a delicacy, as shown in this clip from a show called“Zenigata Kintarou”.

Soba

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Last weekend we went to Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture, where we learned how to make soba, i.e. buckwheat noodles. We went there by bus with a group of 35 people, and we had a really great time. Although making soba is not easy as it seems, we managed to make something pretty good.



First, you have to mix the buckwheat flour with water, until it solidifies.



Then, you beat the dough until it becomes a nice round, smooth ball.



Then, you flatten it out with a stick.



Now here’s the hard part: after wrapping the dough around the stick, you have to flatten it until it becomes square.



You then fold it over itself three times so it gets (more or less) rectangular.



Cut it up in thin strips…



…and put it on a tray which goes to the kitchen where they will boil the noodles.



Tadaa! Our own soba is ready!



Edit: I forgot to say that you dip the noodles in a shouyu-based broth mixed with onions and wasabi. Thanks, CM.


And the only way to eat soba: you slurp it! Yummy!

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Friday, August 4th, 2006

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m just a beginner, so what? As long as I’m having fun… ;-)