Japanese noodles

It is impossible to come to Japan and don’t try its delicious and distinctive noodles, as it is the basic part of Japanese cuisine. Japanese people love noodles and they have many options to select from.
There are many restaurants that serve different types of noodles like:
Ramen ( wheat based pale yellowish color)

Shirataki (clear noodles from konnyaku)

Soba ( made from buckwheat and wheat flour)

Somen (thin, white, wheat-based noodle)

Hiyamugi (wheat flour noodles)

Udon ( the thickest of the noodles served in Japan).

Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle often served hot as noodle soup. It is usually cooked with different types of toppings. I tried udon with fried vegetables as topping in Miyahara service area. It has a special taste and very delicious. People in Miyazaki love Udon, thus you will see signs and banners of udon throughout the city. It’s worth trying once at least!

By: Ateffa Jalali

A solution for hot noodles ;)


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Hanabi (Summer Firework’s Festival)

How would life be like if we would live every moment of it like the moment we wait for the firework to appear?

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During summer season, firework festivals are held all over Japan to create a lively summer season. As I live in Miyazaki city, I attended this festival in Aoshima beach and Tachibana Park. We had a family picnic with our friends. After dinner we all waited for few moments with excitement and the burst of colors and light decorated the empty dark sky. It was a magical and joyful night with exceptional beauties with a colorful sky and a shiny river displaying the reflections of the firework. Both Aoshima beach and Tachibana Park were crowded with tourists and locals mostly wearing the traditional yukata, summer Kimono. Impatiently waiting for the next summer.

By: Ateffa Jalali

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Saito Koyu Nabe Gassen (one-pot cooking) Competition

Taste a variety sets of Nabe and participate in entertaining activities on 15th November!!!

There is a competition of Nabe (you can get more information about Nabe or one pot cooking through this link) (http://michikusan.seesaa.net/article/429229662.html) among nine groups of participants from different prefectures and cities including Shintomi town, Tsuno town, Takanabe town, prefectural university of Agriculture college, Rukkasho-mura office of tourism, prefectural Takanabe agricultural high school, Kawaminami town, Saito city, and Kijo town.
Each of the groups have a leader or representative of that area and its group is like its army with animated cartoons that represent their groups. Three groups of the participants will be selected to receive 3 stars, 2 stars and 1 star through voting. The ones attending the event should try from all the foods made in small portion and finish all the food in their plates.
In addition, the event has planned many other interesting activities like Hula dancing performance, singing performance, sports club dancing, etc.
It has also planned for a lottery holding and milk drinking competition. Our company Ai-road Inc is going to attend it to give information about the Koyoubitomegiri programs.

By: Ateffa Jalali
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Japanese hot pot dishes



Nabemono or simply called nabe refers to different Japanese hot pot dishes, also known as one pot dish.
I tried nabe for the first time in Fuji Inn, Nishimera Village. It is a very unique and sociable way of having dinner with friends and family. Most nabemono are stews and soups served during the cold season. Nowadays in Japan, nabemono are kept hot at the dining table by portable stoves. Thus the dish is cooked on the table, allowing more time for chit chats while it is being cooked.
There are two types of nabemono in Japan, which are lightly flavored stock, eaten with a dipping sauce to enjoy the taste of ingredients; and strongly flavored stock usually with miso, soy sauce, dashi etc. The pots are traditionally made of clay or thick cast iron and they are usually placed in the center of dining tables and diners can take the cooked ingredients they want from the pot.
Nabe has different varieties like yosenabe, chankonabe, yudofu, Sukiyaki, Oden, Motsunabe, etc. Regional varieties of nabemono in Japan contains regional specialty foods such as salmon in Hokkaido and Oyster in Hiroshima. Although, I like fried dishes more, but trying new ways have always been fun.

By: Ateffa Jalali

Our dinner table in Fuji Inn

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The best plan for a vacation
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When we travel we turn a new page of our lives. Meeting new people, knowing about their cultures, traditions, cuisine, and everything is quiet interesting. It is like you run away from your regular life and discover or search for a new you!!
You don’t really have to save a lot of money and plan big trips. Just visit a new prefecture or new city you haven’t been yet. Mostly my trips are less than a week or sometimes two days only, but I try to use every minutes and hours of the day to try a new experience.
Besides, my relationship with my husband grow stronger after each small trip we go and I admire it to great extent. I am planning to make a trip album and capture all big n small memories of my small trips.Another benefit of the travelling is that it makes you appreciate and enjoy the things you already have. For example, my house is a place I see every day and I even get bored of it sometimes but after a trip that same boring house looks new and I feel relaxed to be in it.
To sum up, traveling teaches us incredible things about ourselves. Now travelling has become the best entertainment for me and I want to travel to nearest and furthest places.
By: Ateffa Jalali

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Simple recipe of Tamagoyaki

Japanese multi-layered Omelette
Tamagoyaki is one of my favorite Japanese food and I try it every weekend. It is an important part of Japanese food which is used in breakfast, lunch boxes, topping, and as a side dish for any meal. The name tamago means “egg” and tamagoyaki means “fried egg”. The taste is slightly sweet, light and soft. I prefer my tamgoyaki to be little spicy rather than sweet, so I add some spices instead of sugar.
1. 6 eggs
2. 1 table spoon oil
3. 2 table spoons of soya sauce
4. A pinch of salt
5. 1 tea spoon of chicken curry spice

First, whisk the eggs in a bowl using a fork or chopsticks and gently add the seasoning ingredients.

Secondly, heat the oil over medium heat in a square shaped frying pan (for a better shape). Wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel and set aside to repeat periodically. Third, pour 1/3 of egg mixture to the pan and wait until it is half-set and roll it toward yourself.
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After that grease the pan and pour another third of the eggs for the second layer, allowing it to go beneath the first layer. When the layer is half-set roll it toward yourself. Re-grease pan as before and pour the remaining egg mixture and repeat the process. At the end, you can roll the omelet in a bamboo rolling mat if you want a perfect shape. You can also simply let it cool down and cut it into small pieces and serve. Now, Enjoy the soft and delicate taste!!
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Autumn in Miyazaki

Autumn has a glorious sunshine, don’t spend it in your homes!

Summer passed away and the world has got fire in its heart, burning all the leaves. It’s burning; it’s sad, but still why does it seem more beautiful than spring and summer?

It gives a mysterious feeling. A mystery you have to solve by going back to your past. It makes you thoughtful in your morning walks, while you walk in the golden carpet of dying leaves. Walk quietly and the sound of wind moving the leaves will give you a flashback of your best memories you ever had.
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If you are in love with autumn leaves like me, you can visit five of the best autumn-leave viewing spots in Miyazaki. Mt. Okue and Horigawa Valley in Nobeoka city, Ebino Highlands in Ebino city, Takachiho Gorge, and Mitate valley are known to have the best views of this romantic season. The best autumn-leaf viewing time is on October and November. You can revive your past memories or make new ones in the places mentioned above.

By: Ateffa Jalali


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Gulab Jamun Recipe

Traditional Indian Dessert

1. One cup dry milk powder
2. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3. 2 tablespoon butter or oil
4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5. 1/2 cup warm milk
6. Nuts (optional)
7. Cardamom
8. 1 Quart oil for deep frying
9. 2 cups of sugar
10. 1 Lemon

First, in a large bowl mix together the milk powder, flour, baking powder, and cardamom. Pour some melted butter or oil mix well then pour warm milk and continue to mix until well blended. Cover it and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Secondly, in a large pan mix two cups of sugar with one cup of water and let it boil for 20 minutes in medium heat. After it becomes thick enough, add some cardamom and few drops of lemon to prevent crystalizing. Then, set it aside.
Third, knead the dough and use some oil in your hands to help you make small and perfect round balls.


Now, fry the balls in a frying pan in medium heat until they turn brown. Remove from the oil to a bowl and allow to cool slightly. Place the balls into the sugar syrup and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes to soak up the syrup.
Now eat this rich dessert with hot tea or coffee.


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Kanoya Rose Garden Autumn Festival

Fun events and delicious food

Roses are one of the most beautiful creations, feeling its fragrance and touching its soft petals heals our souls. Kanoya Rose Garden has 50,000 rose trees in 80,000 square meters land. It has attractive roses, cherry blossoms and poppies. Kanoya industry executed a festival on 7th and 8th of November (Our Company Ai-road.Inc joined only the festival on 8th). The festival had fun events like games, lottery holding, and fluffy panda area for children. Also, they distributed free baby plants of flowers and customers could grasp a handful of vegetables without paying for it. In the garden you can try rose curry and rose soft ice cream too. It was an enjoyable festival and a highly attractive garden to visit.

By: Ateffa Jalali

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The Art of Shodo (Calligraphy)

Shodo is a form of calligraphy or artistic writing of Japanese language. It is a traditional part of Japanese culture, due to its uniqueness and beautiful shading of the ink. In shodo an ink-dipped brush is used artistically to write Chinese Kanji and Japanese Kana characters. It is used in special times, like writing New Year’s cards and others. At the beginning of each calendar year, children create calligraphic work to express their wishes for the New Year. It is also a good means of keeping a memory. As in my living room I have hanged name plates written using calligraphic art, which reminds me of the food fair festival I attended in Kumamoto Prefecture.

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