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Yanaka is a "shitamachi" (traditional eastern part of Tokyo) neighborhood that has retained much of its authentic charm. Not nearly as crowded as other "shitamachi" areas such as Asakusa, but absolutely worth the go! You'll feel the nostalgia of old Tokyo.
Okinawa's Eisa Festivals attracts 300,000 visitors every year! They are part of the Obon celebrations happening everywhere in Japan, but with a distinct Okinawan flavor.
The Nagasaki Kunchi is the most famous festival in Nagasaki. It is a vibrant and exciting showcase of Japanese traditions and intercultural exchanges Nagasaki is famous for.
The Kishiwada danjiri (cart-pulling) matsuri is a festival of Kishiwada city in Osaka prefecture. It is said to be one of the most thrilling festivals in Japan! It's probably also the most popular festival of its kind in the country.
There is a huge variety of tasty cucumbers all around the world, however the Japanese one, known as "kyuri", might be one of the best! You see it appearing in abundance in Japanese supermarkets when summer comes. It's one of the beloved summer vegetables. And for good reasons! It's refreshing and the Japanese have their own unique way of eating it. Learn how to make simple kyuri recipes by reading what follows.
This is one of Japan's staple summer vegetables. The bitterness of the goya has a cooling effect, which is one of the reasons why Japanese love to eat it in the summer. It was originally mostly eaten in Okinawa, but know its popularity has spread to all of Japan, and because of its surprising nutritional value, its popularity is also spreading quickly around the world.
This noodle dish is one of the best things about the sweltering Japanese summer! It consists of cold noodles topped with a variety of colorful toppings. Light and delicious, it's an absolute staple during the hot months of the year. You have got to try it if you haven't already!
Eel, or unagi as it is known in Japan, is a very popular summer dish. It is said to help your body fight "natsubate" (suffering from the summer heat). Osaka has great unagi that is usually crispier than what you find in the Kanto region. Make sure to try these delicious stores if you live in Osaka or travel here.
Our guide to shabu shabu restaurants in Ginza, Tokyo! Shabu shabu, or Japanese hot pot, is one of the best things about the food culture in the land of the rising sun! It's healthy, delicious and, above all, lots of fun to eat as you have to cook the raw ingredients yourself during the meal. Make sure to try out these great Ginza restaurants!
For people who have food allergies or for those who are simply following diets, here are some excellent gluten free restaurants and cafes in Tokyo you should try!