Shoyu Chicken Ramen With Fresh Corn And Choy Sum

Shoyu chicken ramen with fresh corn and choy sumINGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3cm-piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 green shallots, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
2L (8 cups) chicken stock
80ml (1/3 cup) soy sauce
15g (about 6) whole dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked, drained
2 tablespoons cooking sake
2 tablespoons mirin
2 (about 500g) chicken breast fillets
270g pkt dried somen noodles
1 sweetcorn cob, kernels removed
1 bunch choy sum, trimmed
4 soft-boiled eggs, to serve

Colorful Array Of Stripes Of Flowers Thrill The Eye In Hokkaido

Colorful array of stripes of flowers thrill the eye in Hokkaido

BIEI, Hokkaido--Visitors to the Shikisai-no-Oka flower garden here in central Hokkaido are enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime view of summer flowers arranged in a colorful tapestry of stripes.

More than 30 varieties of flowers, including marigold and plumed cockscomb, are now in bloom.

Shiitake In 'tataki' Style, The Pride Of Old Towa In Kochi

Shiitake in 'tataki' style, the pride of old Towa in Kochi

Dishes including shiitake mushrooms grown on logs is what the former Towa village, now located in Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture that is known for the clear Shimanto River, takes pride in.

Although the cooking procedure differs, this week's recipe is named after the renowned dish of Tosa called "katsuo no tataki," a type of bonito sashimi, which is broiled and served with garlic and other seasonings.

Hotel Splashes The Cash With World's 1st Pure Platinum Bath

Hotel splashes the cash with world's 1st pure platinum bath

KISARAZU, Chiba Prefecture--Even the glistening gold of Donald Trump's penthouse has got nothing on the latest accessory in a hotel here--the world's first pure-platinum bathtub, valued at 380 million yen ($3.45 million).

The Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki Fujimitei has given the tub pride of place in its large observation bathroom on the 11th floor, from which Mount Fuji can be seen on clear days.

Sauteed 'itadori' Knotweed, A Gift Of Nature Along Clear Kochi River

Sauteed 'itadori' knotweed, a gift of nature along clear Kochi river

After driving about two hours from Kochi Airport, coming off the expressway and cruising along the clear Shimantogawa river, you reach the former Towa village.

Located in the western part of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, about 90 percent of the area is covered in mountain forests, with farmland and private homes dotting the area along the renowned river.

Historic Aomori Nebuta Festival Livens Up Aomori

Historic Aomori Nebuta Festival livens up AomoriThe Aomori Nebuta Festival, an annual summer event designated as an important intangible folk cultural asset, kicked off here on the night of Aug. 2, with giant Nebuta floats featuring samurai warriors and kabuki performers parading down this city's downtown area.The Aomori Nebuta Festival, an annual summer event designated as an important intangible folk cultural asset, kicked off here on the night of Aug. 2, with giant Nebuta floats featuring samurai warriors and kabuki performers parading down this city's downtown area.

Marriott To Open Luxury Edition Hotels In Ginza, Toranomon

Marriott to open luxury Edition hotels in Ginza, Toranomon

Two branches of a top luxury hotel brand operated by Marriott International Inc. will open in central Tokyo by the summer of 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma will be in charge of the exterior and interior designs of the hotels targeting wealthy foreign tourists.

Many Thanks

Many thanks

The Yomiuri ShimbunMaiko (apprentice geiko), dressed in formal black kimono, walk in Kyoto's entertainment district to pay courtesy calls on teahouses and their teachers of traditional arts on Tuesday. Known as hassaku, which originally referred to Aug. 1 on the lunar calendar, this has become a traditional summer practice in which geiko and maiko express thanks to people who have given them assistance.

Samurai Horsemen Show Off Skills In Traditional Fukushima Festival

Samurai horsemen show off skills in traditional Fukushima festival

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- Horsemen clad in samurai armor showed off their skills in the traditional Soma Nomaoi festival held in the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture on July 30.

Events were staged in various areas including the Hibarigahara festival field in the city of Minamisoma. In the Odaka district, where evacuation orders implemented in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster were lifted in July 2016, samurai horsemen returning from the Kacchu Keiba race and Shinki Sodatsusen flag battle performed the kaeri-uma (returning horse) ritual for the first time in seven years.

A Few Twists Turn Rice Ball Into Rewarding Feast Atop A Mountain

A few twists turn rice ball into rewarding feast atop a mountain

If mountain climbing is your thing, a little ingenuity can transform the humble rice ball into more delicious fare.

That's the advice of Junji Kosuzume, who is a big fan of the great outdoors. He says there is nothing better than scaling a peak or canoeing with friends, and then taking pride in the shared accomplishment by tucking into a long-awaited meal that packs more punch.

Orange Juice Faucet No Longer Running Joke At Matsuyama Airport

Orange juice faucet no longer running joke at Matsuyama airport

A new refreshment stand featuring a unique faucet opened Thursday at Matsuyama airport in western Japan, making a reality the long-running joke that orange juice flows like water in citrus-producing Ehime Prefecture.

At the stand, named the Orange Bar, customers can serve themselves the juice of local citrus fruits for 350 yen per glass, with the type of juice varying depending on the season. Ehime is one of Japan's major citrus fruit production areas.