Morning Market (Asaichi) information -Part 1-

Do you know about Asaichi in Joetsu area ? Asaichi literally refers to  Morning Market in English, as Asa means morning and Ichi means market.  Morning markets are held for 21 days per month with different dates at four different locations. ( I will write about each market information on the next blog.) The stands sell local […]

A recommended place to see Carp streamers (koinobori) around Joetsu!

May 5th is Children’s day in Japan!! In the past, the day was known as Tango no Sekku− the ceremony held at the imperial court.  Originally, Tango no Sekku was called Boys’ Day, while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government declared this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all […]

Japanese traditional hand-made soy sauce and miso shop

Soy sauce and miso play very important roles in Japanese cuisine. They are indispensable when we make Japanese dishes at home. Soy sauce and miso are made from soybeans, but each product has different mixtures. Soy sauce is mixed with soybeans, flour, and salt. Miso is mixed with soybeans, rice or barley, and salt.  It […]