Foreign Tourists Increasingly Head To Kagawa, Okayama

Foreign tourists increasingly head to Kagawa, OkayamaKagawa and Okayama prefectures in western Japan saw the sharpest increases in overseas tourist numbers in 2016, thanks largely to the popularity of an art festival, a survey by a travel website operator showed.
The number of foreign visitors to Kagawa Prefecture, which includes the cities of Takamatsu, Sanuki and Higashi-Kagawa, rose 3.4-fold from the previous year, taking the No. 1 spot, according to Rakuten Inc., operator of the Rakuten Travel website.

Simmered Dish Of Salt-preserved Leafy Vegetable A Must In Niigata

Simmered dish of salt-preserved leafy vegetable a must in NiigataJapan is blessed with a myriad of food cultures and numerous dishes rooted in the locale that come from all over the mountainous island, stretching north and south.
These local favorites, however, are at risk of vanishing as they are becoming increasingly difficult to hand down at home and also within farming and fishing villages due to the aging population and other factors.

Usuda Asami And Okamoto's Okamoto Reiji Announce Marriage

Usuda Asami and OKAMOTO'S Okamoto Reiji announce marriageIt's been reported that actress Usuda Asami (32) and rock band OKAMOTO'S drummer Okamoto Reiji (26) have gotten married.
According to Okamoto's agency, the couple started dating about two years ago. Further details will not be revealed per the couple's request.

Details On Otsuka Ai's New Single 'watashi' Revealed

Details on Otsuka Ai's new single 'Watashi' revealedOtsuka Ai will release her new single "Watashi" on February 15.
As previously reported, the title track was picked up for Fuji TV's drama "Kirawareru Yuuki" that premiered just the other day. Besides this, it will include "Sakura Hara Hara" which is the theme song for the digital art exhibition "FLOWERS by NAKED 2017 -Risshun-".

Miwa To Release A Visual Book In March

miwa to release a visual book in MarchIt's been revealed that miwa will release a visual (currently untitled) in March.
This will be a visual book to accompany her 5th album "SPLASH☆WORLD" to be released on February 22. The book features photographs by Leslie Kee, artwork by Morimoto Chie, and styling by Iga Daisuke.

Shinjuku Swan 2

Shinjuku Swan 2Tatsuhiko Shiratori (Gou Ayano) works as a scout, recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment business. He movies to Yokohama from Shinjuku, Tokyo. He comes into conflict with Masaki Taki (Tadanobu Asano) who is the CEO of a scout company.

Kinosaki Onsen Ranked No. 1 Hot Springs For Foreign Tourists

Kinosaki Onsen ranked No. 1 hot springs for foreign touristsOffering a warm welcome to overseas visitors along with a town full of soothing waters, Kinosaki Onsen in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, was selected as the top “onsen” hot spring resort extending “omotenashi” (hospitality) for foreign tourists.
In the onsen awards event, supported by the Environment Ministry, the onsen town of Kinosaki was recognized for its successful efforts to increase the number of inbound tourists.

Tempura With Ginger Sauce

Tempura with ginger sauceIngredients
1 medium (about 100g) carrot, peeled
Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
24 medium green prawns, peeled with tails left intact, deveined
1 small (about 80g) white onion, thinly sliced crossways
16 large fresh basil leaves, washed, dried
Pinch of salt
330ml (1 1/3 cups) iced water
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
200g (11/3 cups) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Ginger sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
5cm-piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
80ml (1/3 cup) rice wine vinegar
80ml (1/3 cup) soy sauce
60ml (1/4 cup) water

Chicken Donburi

Chicken donburiFor a healthy weeknight meal, you can rely on this Japanese donburi with soy sauce, sushi rice, tender chicken and sliced green onion.

1 1/2 cups SunRice Japanese Style Sushi Rice
1 sachet (2 teaspoons) dashi soup stock (see related article)
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 medium brown onions, halved, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
600g chicken breast fillets, trimmed, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
6 eggs, lightly beaten
thinly sliced green onion, to serve

Fuchu: How To Correctly Pour A Beer And Have A Safe Childbirth

FUCHU: How to correctly pour a beer and have a safe childbirthPlace a dry glass in your left palm and raise your right hand, the one you’re holding the can with, as high as possible. From there and all at once, pour the contents into the glass until it’s half full. It will seriously foam. Wait. Wait a bit more. When the foam has stabilized, tilt your glass and pour the beer down the side of the glass.

Shimajima Kaisha

Shimajima KaishaUmi (Aoi Ito) is a young girl with excellent hearing. Due to her hearing, even small out-of-sync sounds give her headaches. Yuko (Sakura Ando) is a violinist from Tokyo. She visits the island for a concert. Umi and Yuko meet and a bond forms.

Honnouji Hotel

Honnouji HotelIn Kyoto, Mayuko (Haruka Ayase) stands at a crossroad in her life. She's thinking about marriage with her boyfriend Kyoichi (Hiroyuki Hirayama). By an accidental opportunity, Mayuko stays at Honnouji Hotel. There, she meets historical figure Nobunaga Oda (Shinichi Tsutsumi) who is attempting to unify Japan.