Month: September 2014

Ramen – Japanese popular noodle developed from Chinese noodle

Ramen is one of the most popular noodles in Japan. According to a survey, one Japanese eats ramen about 30 times per year. Ramen is cheap and tasty, and we can visit the ramen shop casually. And we can find ramen shops in any town in Japan. Ramen is originally a Chinese noodle food. In the early part of the 20th century, Chinese cooks living in Japan had served them in the restaurant. After the 1950s, some Japanese cooks began to tried to make ramen to suit Japaneser taste buds. Then many Japanese cooks appeared and ramen has formed a big category of Japanese food. Now even Chinese people recognize […]

Reserved seat and Non-reserved seat of limited express train in Japan.

When you travel around Japan, the most efficient means of transportation is railway. Shinkansen is the bullet train of Japan and it is a good way to use it for the travel in Japan. The west line from Tokyo leads to Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka in Kyushu Island. (The station name of Osaka is “Shin-Osaka”.) The section between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka is called as Tokaido-Shinkansen, and the section between Shin-Osaka and Fukuoka is called as Sanyo-Shinkansen. The line connects to Kyushu-Shinkansen at Fukuoka and it leads to Kagoshima city located at the south end of Kyushu Island. The north line from Tokyo has some branched lines. They lead […]

The climbing season of Mt.Fuji finished.

Now is in the middle of September. The climbing season of Mt.Fuji in 2014 finished, and four routes of the climb were closed. Mt.Fuji is a mountain that the world takes as the symbol of Japan. It is 3,776 meters in height and is the highest mountain in Japan. It is located at about 120 km southwest of Tokyo, and we can view it from Tokyo in a fine day. The near-complete conical shape is beautiful. And because there is no mountain around Mt.Fuji, we can view it from every direction. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan and it originated out of a feeling of awe for natural objects. […]

The means of transportation during the night is only overnight bus in Japan.

In Japan, there are many railway routes across the country. But, only several overnight trains are operated now. And some of them will be cut in March of 2015 and only one overnight train “Sunrise Izumo” running between Tokyo and Izumo city will remain. Until the 1980s, many overnight trains had been operated from Tokyo and Osaka to Kyushu Island, Tohoku area, etc. Some of them had only sleeping cars, but the others included some normal cars with seats. After that, the network of Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) was expanded and use of airplane increased. These means of transportation cut the time needed for travel, then the area where we […]

Do you believe Japan is still exposed to radiation?

Great East Japan Earthquake occurred at 14:46 on March 11, 2011. It was one of the world’s powerful earthquakes of this century, and the magnitude was 9.0. By the earthquake, the east half of Honshu Island including Tohoku region and Tokyo area was shook strongly. I am living in Nagoya city at 350 km west of Tokyo. At that time, even my house shook badly. Because Japan has been an earthquake country, many houses and buildings have been built by Japanese high quake-resistance standards. Therefore, the damage of constructions was not so much. But the great tsunami just after the earthquake caused enormous damage to the coastal area in the […]