Udon

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Udon is one of my favourite fast foods and I like Suzuya , a local udon restaurant in my town. It’s an old-fashoned restaurant and not a laxury place so that you can’t expect a gorgeous dish(see the pic!). What I like is its simple and pure taste.

https://goo.gl/maps/u5U8NLZ1nBx

http://tabelog.com/chiba/A1204/A120401/12006332/

There are many udon varieties around Japan and this restaurant serves Musashino version of udon, which roots in a traditional udon recipe served in Musashino region consisting of Tama(western part of Tokyo) and western part of Saitama Prefecture.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udon

Now I know “ramen” is booming but please try “udon” too when you are in Japan. 🙂

Have a nice trip!!

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Ashikaga Flower Park

Ashikaga Flower Park (https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/index.html) is my favorite place in springtime. In my experience, the best period to visit is between the end of April and the beginning of May.

I took the pic attached last year,  and I will try to update this year, of course!!

CNN was introducing the park as one of the dream destinations for 2014.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/25/travel/cnn-travel-2014-wish-list/

Have a great journey. 🙂

 

Season of cherry blossoms

The seasonal event is ready now in Tokyo and generally it will be the best for viewing in one week or 10 days. 🙂

By the way, do you know why cherry blossoms, Somei-Yoshino or Sakura in Japanese, tend to blossom at the same time and then the petals fall off in synch?

Answer:

Most cherry trees planted are by PEOPLE, not natural placements, so,, as a result, they are related to each other sharing the same DNA.

Enjoy your trip!

Cherry Blossom Forcast

Do you know  cherry blossom forecasts available such as…

http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (March 21st / Tokyo)

http://www.tenki.jp/sakura/expectation.html (March 23rd / Tokyo)

http://weathernews.jp/ip/info/sakura/2016/ (March 21st-26th / Tokyo)

, which tell the expected bloom date.

Once they start to bloom, they generally reach full bloom in one week time. 🙂

No one can perfectly predict the exact date but it’s going to be in two weeks and in full bloom at the end of March this year in Tokyo.

Enjoy your trip!

Hey Fever

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In springtime, hey fever is commonly caused by cedar pollen and people wear a mask to deal with that.

This is the result from reforestation policies after World War II as cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees were  an important resource for the construction industry.

As a result, they started to produce large amounts of pollen.

Springtime is approaching

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The Japanese people feel the arrival of springtime by various ways and cherry blossom is well-known.

Prior to full-blown Somei-Yohino, which is the most popular variety of cherry blossom in the country, another type of tree, called Kawazu-zakura(see pic attached), tells the advent of spring much earlier.

It’s getting warm and, yes, time to go out!!! Are you ready?

Cheers,