Making Japanese popular food “soba” in Tokyo Hello, I am Mina of How to Japan TV! Today, I am going to try out a popular activity among tourists in Japan, making soba. I have come to a store that offers to everyone the soba making experience, Juhachiwari Soba! Step 1 Mix the flour and create the dough. Step 2 Stretch the dough into the desired length. Step 3 Cut the dough into the noodle shape. Step 4 Boil the noodles for about one minute and it is done! Put it in the dish and we are finished. I am excited to try this! It tastes really good! At places like […]

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“Ameyoko” busy market in Tokyo Today I introduce AMEYOKO shopping street. This shopping street is traditional and vibrant. It has the different attraction which the other Japanese shopping mall don’t have. Especially you can buy many affordable merchandises here. Let’ go and see what I can get at shopping street. Candy Shop “Shimura Shoten” (志村商店) Here is candy shop. Candies are not sold by normal way here. A lot of sweets are put in the plastic bag as many as possible. Store clerk shouts to customers that a lot of sweets are in plastic bags. So you can buy these sweets at 1000yen. If you buy these sweets at other […]

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How to get your Omikuji (fortune telling) OmikujiI is random fortune written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhisttemples in Japan. Literally “sacred lot”. Step 1 Pay 100 yen for your fortune. Step 2 Shake the box a few times while praying for your wish. The stick marked fortune number will come out. Step 3 The stick with number will come out. And be sure to remember this number. Step 4 Put the stick in the box. Step 5 Receive the fortune at the counter. Step 6 Confirm your fortune.there are many tipes of fortune. Great blessing (dai-kichi, 大吉) Middle blessing (chū-kichi, 中吉) Small blessing (shō-kichi, 小吉) Blessing […]

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How to visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan Before you worship, purify your hands and mouth at the “Temizuya” water pavilion. Step 1 hold the dipper using right hand, and pour water on your left. Step 2 In the same way, wash your right hand. Step 3 Hold it on your right hand, pour water on your left hand to rinse your mouth. Step 4 Wash your left hand again. Worship Step 1 Throw a coin into the offering box. Five yen coin is good.Five is “go” in Japanese.So we refer to this five-yen coin as “go-en”. And speaking about “yen”, our currency’s proper pronouciation is “en”. And “en” also […]

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Make your wish, Write on Ema! What is Ema? Ema (絵馬) are small wooden plaques.The ema are then left hanging up at the shrine, where the Kami ( 神 spirits or gods) receive them.This can be found at shrines all over Japan.As Buddhism and Shinto have mixed up a lot, it is not unique to shrines. In recent days people write their wishes or prayers on a wooden plaque that can be purchased at the shrine and then hang it up on the shrine grounds. Many foreign tourists come to shrine and write one’s wishes.You can find Korean, English, Chinese and other languages in these Ema. You can buy a […]

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