What is Yukawa

The yukata is a casual version of kimono. It is a robe usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, wrapped around the body and fastened with a sash (obi). Yukata literally means “bathing cloth”, and it was originally intended to be just that. Traditionally, the garment is worn after bathing in a communal bath, functioning as a quick way to cover the body and to absorb remaining moisture.

Recently, the yukata has also become a way of dressing for summer festivals. Increasingly fashionable designs have surfaced to a degree that it is sometimes difficult for the untrained eye to discern between a yukata and a kimono.

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Japanese way to cool down for hot summer

Summer in Japan is very hot and humid. Using an electric air conditioner is commonplace nowadays, but Japanese people have used many different ways to cool off since ancient times.

Sudare

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Sudare are usually made of thin strips of wood, which are laid flat and tied together to make a curtain-like screen. By hanging sudare from the top of the window frame, you can block the heat of the sun and stop insects coming into the room while allowing a cool breeze to pass through the spaces between the wooden slats.

Uchimizu

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Uchimizu is the custom of sprinkling water in gardens and on streets to make the passing wind cooler. People see uchimizu as a practical way of cooling the breeze while continuing an aesthetically pleasing and courteouscustom. Sprinkling water with a ladle also reduces dust from dry roads and the ground underfoot.

Uchiwa

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Usually uchiwa have a round shape, with a frame of thinly split splayed bamboo onto which paper is glued.

Furin

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Furin are usually made of glass, iron and other materials, which create a ringing sound when they touch each other. They are hung outside under the eaves of the roof so we can enjoy the cool and soothing sound the chimes make when they are blown by the wind.

 

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Japanese tradition Omiyage and Temiyage

Omiyage are souvenirs brought home from a trip while temiyage are thank-you gifts you bring when you visit someone. Japanese tourists tend to buy lots of souvenirs for their friends, relatives and co-workers. Consequently, tourist spots and airports feature many souvenir shops specializing in local foods and products.

When foreign visitors meet friends or a host family in Japan, it is not imperative for them to bring gifts, but it is a nice gesture that is appreciated. Recommended gifts items include food, drinks or other products from your home country. In general, they should be neither to cheap nor too expensive – typically between 1000 and 5000 yen. Note that there are restrictions on bringing certain types of food and plant products into Japan.

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Baseball in Japan

Japanese enjoy baseball – like Americans enjoy american football, Canadians enjoy soccer – Baseball is currently among the country’s most popular participatory and spectator sports. The current league, Nippon Professional Baseball, consists of two leagues of 6 teams each. High school baseball enjoys a particularly strong public profile; the Japanese High Schoold Baseball Championship (Summer Kōshien) each August is nationally televised and includes regional champions from all of Japan’s 47 prefectures. If you have chance to go to the professional base ball game, you enjoy the chanting of each baseball team. From middle of May to middle of June, interleague games are on, after that regular season starts.

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Top 5 Japanese food

1. Ramen / Ramen noodle is popular all over the world nowadays! There is Ramen Noodle restaurant is awarded a Michelin star.

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2 Yakitori /  – charcoal grilled chicken – is seasoned with either shio (salt) or tare (a sweet soy sauce-based sauce) 

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3 Tonkatsu / Tonkatsu is breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet. There are two main types, fillet and loin. It is often served with shredded cabbage.

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4 Okonomiyaki / Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yakimeaning “grilled” or “cooked”

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5 soba /  It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or buckwheat and wheat flours (Nagano soba).Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

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