Every spring, people in Japan flock to strawberry gardens for a chance to pick ripe strawberries (called 'ichigo' in Japanese) with their own hands. Visitors can eat lots of berries on the spot, or bring some home as a tasty souvenir.
Japan is home to a large number of unique strawberry varieties, some of the most popular of which being Tochiotome, Akihime, and Toyonoka, just to name a few.
Some varieties are considered regional specialties: Fusanoka from Chiba, Beni Hoppe from Shizuoka, Yayoihime from Gunma, and Asuka Ruby from Nara, are all strawberry representatives of their respective regions. Strawberry picking is a very popular weekend activity among Japanese people, typically from January until early May.
When Can Japanese Strawberries be Picked?
The best time for picking depends on the region and also the cultivation style.
・Greenhouse Cultivation: Many strawberry growers are open for business from January through Golden Week, the first week of May. However, some indoor gardens may allow picking as early as December. Colder regions tend to be open later in the season. For example, Nagano offers strawberry picking well into the end of June. In Kanagawa and Chiba, there are many places that are open during Golden Week.
・Open-field Cultivation: In rural areas with heavy snowfall, there are many farms with field-grown strawberries. Hokkaido in particular is an especially popular spot for outdoor strawberry picking, with a relatively short season that typically lasts from late June until late July.
El año pasado aprovechando mi visita a la ciudad de Kanazawa estuve en la playa de Chirihama en la prefectura de Ishikawa en Japón.
Tiene la peculiaridad de que es la única playa en el país donde está permitido circular..., en coche!
Para los que disfruten conduciendo en esta playa pueden circular 8 kilometros por la arena al lado del mar, aunque digamos que es algo bastante simple la verdad es que es una experiencia única y muy chula.
Los fines de semana y festivos dependiendo a que horas he oído decir que puede haber muchos coches, lo recomendable sería ir entre semana, pronto por la mañana o a útima hora de la tarde que es cuando fuí yo, no había prácticamente nadie y además puedes ver la puesta de sol sobre el mar ya que la playa está situada mirando al oeste.
Karaoke (カラオケ) is the singing of songs to music accompaniment synchronized with lyrics displayed on-screen. It originated in Japan and is now popular around the world, especially in Asia. Karaoke is a well-liked pastime enjoyed by people of all ages in Japan, and also makes an interesting activity for tourists to Japan, especially those looking for some night entertainment. Karaoke establishments usually open from around 11:00am to 3:00am the following morning, with longer operation hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Modern karaoke establishments consist of multiple private rooms (karaoke boxes) that are each equipped with a karaoke player and microphones. Besides countless Japanese songs, a reasonable selection of English songs is usually available. Songs in Chinese, Korean and other languages may be available to a lesser degree. One can also order?food and drinks?in most karaoke boxes via phones that connect them directly to the reception.
Old-fashioned karaoke bars, where patrons sing in front of everyone instead of in a private environment, can also be found in entertainment districts. They tend to be small drinking places catering to a male clientele.
Where to do karaoke
Across the country, karaoke establishments can be found in numbers, particularly in?big cities. They are often located close to?train?stations. There are mom-and-pop karaoke centers, but the easiest way to enjoy karaoke is to go to an outlet from one of the more prominent karaoke chains, such as Shidax, Big Echo, Cote D'Azur or Karaokekan. These chain outlets usually offer a more up-to-date selection of songs than individual shops.
Going to a karaoke center
Although practices vary at different karaoke establishments, the general procedure for a karaoke session at a karaoke chain outlet is as follows:
1. Head to the reception counter, where the receptionist will inquire about the following points:
2. Is it your first time there? Many establishments require a registration for first-time customers. This involves filling out a simple form and showing a proof of identity, such as a passport.
3. The number of people in your group.
4. How long you expect to sing or the plan you would like to purchase.
5. An eventual initial food or drink order.
6. What karaoke player type you would like to use. Some establishments offer more than one type as elaborated further in the following section.
7. A room will be assigned according to the size of your group, and a tab will be given to you indicating your session's starting and ending times.
8. Establishments may either have the song catalogs in the rooms or have them available at the reception, in which case you would have to bring them to your room if desired. The same applies to percussion instruments such as tambourines and maracases.
9. Go to your room, pick your songs with the karaoke player and sing with the provided microphones.
10. When your time is up, bring your tab to the counter for payment or inquire about an extension.
Posted by: Leo (April 25, 2018 11:00 AM) | Permalink
Una de las cosas de comer que más me gustan de Japón son los Curry-pan, una especia de Donut, bollo o berlina, rellena de estofado de Curry (un poco picante).
Este donut además de relleno está rebozado y frito y como se imaginan está realmente delicioso.
Hay varias marcas en el mercado, el más conocido es el de Yamazaki Pan (es una marca como Bimbo o Panrico) aunque también hay otras marcas que tienen sus propios Curry pan.
También se pueden encontrar Curry panes artesanos o "de panadería", generalmente algo más caros pero con una calidad menos industrial.
El curry pan de Yamazaki (arriba en la foto) puede costar en un supermercado menos de 80 yenes (a día de hoy, menos de 60 céntimos de Euro), aunque en las tiendas más caras ronda casi los 100 yenes (unos 75 céntimos de Euro).
En Tokio todavía persisten muchos pequeños comercios como esta vieja tienda de Té en el distrito de Itabashi, lugares donde es una delicia pasear tranquilamente e ir entrando en las tiendas para curiosear y quizá encontrar algún souvenir especial.