2012年07月27日

Japanese tea is divided broadly into two categories, "sencha" and "matcha", most of them are 'ryokucha" green tea without fermentation.

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Speaking of Japanese tea, many non-Japanese people think of 'matcha" for tea ceremony. This green tea is produced by grinding tea leaves with a hand mill and the tea leaves are elaborately grown under sunshades. Japanese people don't usually drink this kind of tea, in that it is likely to be expensive.
"Sencha" green tea, whilst, is widely drunk in Japan. "Sencha" is classified broadly into "gyokuro", "sencha" in a narrow meaning and "bancha". These sorts of tea, other than "gyokuro", are grown in tea fields as shown in the first picture taken in Shizuoka Prefecture which is Japan's greatest place of tea production. "Sencha" in a narrow meaning is produced from new leaves picked up in Spring and "bancha" from mature leaves after Summer.
The tea fields as shown in the first picture can be seen from Shinkansen bullet train windows near Shizuoka Station. The fans standing in the fields are equipped as a frost repellant. The second picture shows "sencha" leaves and packs.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年06月17日

"Depa-chika" means a food section in the basement of a department store in Japan.

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Not only in Japan but also in other countries, foodstuffs are sold in a department store or big shopping center.
However the foodstuffs being sold in the basement of a department store in Japan, what is called "depa-chika", are very unique. These are delicatessens, box lunches, desserts and alcoholic drinks of every variety from around the world.
In addition,Japan's first-class grocery stores and ready-prepared food stores set up individual booths here, therefore the taste as well as arrangement are very
well recommended.
Japanese people occasionally buy favorite foods to take back to their home to enjoy a full course dinner. Even though they are a little pricy, each department store strives to be first by having variety of items to choose from.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年06月03日

"Ekiben" is a "bento" box lunch sold at stations in Japan and each and every station has its unique one.

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Although the country whose railway stations sell snacks is by no means limited to Japan, no other countries can match Japan in the abundant varieties as well as the beautiful arrangement of foods in a box.
The beginning of the "ekiben" is not clear, but it seems to have been sold at many
stations in Japan from the late 19th century.
As a long-distance trip by air became quite common, the sales of "ekiben" is in a decreasing trend, on the other hand the sales of "ekiben" at "Shinkansen" bullet train stations remain firm in accordance with the continuous development of its network throughout the country.
The picture shows a "ekiben" stall in the precincts of Tokyo Station, same kinds of which can be found at most railway stations in Japan. Each station features its own unique "ekiben" with local foodstuffs, which attracts many sightseers.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通約案内士 高木聖久

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