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November Guide Sign

Now is a time to enjoy autumn colors with eyes, and two types of winter-grown citrus in mouth,

i.e. one variety that is sweet, juicy easy to peel and another that is tart and bitter with thick and flavorful peel.

The former includes the tangerine called mikan in Japanese .

The latter is called yuzu,. Yuzu is not really edible,

but its fragrant peel and juice are widely used to flavor and color dishes of Japanese cooking.and indispensable in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Japan is the fruit’s largest producer and consumer.

Nowadays yuzu can be available in many convenient forms such as spice paste, sauces and freeze-dried throughout a year,

but fresh yuzu can be savored only during the winter time.

In Japan,the yuzu has been valued for its refreshing and sweet fragrance since ancient time.

The yuzu is rich in vitamin C and used in many recipes of cooking.

In this respect, yuzu is very similar to lemon,but it was cultivated in Japan around 1870s, brought here with western dishes.

While the lemon has a relatively short history for Japanese food culture,

yuzu has been associated not only with seasoning over centuries but also with soaking.

Soaking in a hot fragrant bath with fresh yuzu floating in it on the winter solstice is Japan’s long tradition for enjoyment and medicinal purposes,

as the citrus fruit is believed to prevent colds.

Yuzu bath dates from the Edo period (1603–1868) and may have been inspired by Japanese wordplay—the characters for

“winter solstice” and “hot-spring cure” can both be read as tōji.

Yuzu soak is perfect on a cold day. So you can take a yuzu bath whenever you want to.

Fresh yuzu soaking and seasoning is really a winter pleasure in Japan.

















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Japanese Language Lesson Beginners’ Course 【Level1 Step2】

Japanese Language Lesson Beginners’  Course【Level 1 Step2】

Monday & Thursday  /8:15pm – 9:45pm
October 2 – November 22 (except Oct. 9)

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065 yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.

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September Guide Sign

Finally early autumn has come. The season of a good appetite.

All over Japan you will find many restaurant window displays decorated with replica food.

They are made so accurately that they look good enough to eat.

They are used to display their dishes served at the restaurant and as a promotional tool to attract customers. Besides,

the fake food models help people see the food in advance exactly what they are getting.

They were born in Japan in the 1920s

when a restaurant in the department store in the central part of Tokyo had the idea to display the dishes they prepared using real food.

But it didn’t work well, as they were thrown away in sad-looking at the end of the day everyday.

Craftsmen producing models of human organs for doctors were approached by the restaurant to do the same thing for the food they wanted to sell.

The idea spread rapidly as eating out was getting popular in those days.

The models gave a quick visual explanation to people unfamiliar with what city restaurants offered.

Wide-spread display of fake food is said to be closely related to Japanese preference for ‘first tasting with their eyes’.

The making practice has changed little since the appearance of the first replicas except for what they are made from – in the beginning from paraffin and now from durable silicone.

Even today almost 95% of all fake food is crafted by hand.

Highly trained craftsmen make fake food by hand to create a realistic look and feel.

The craftsmanship of Japanese food models has been raised to such a superb art form as to be exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 1980.

It’s not a growth industry these days, though.

The food samples cost more money than the actual dish.

Modern technology can reproduce color photos in high quality less expensively.

The industry doesn’t stick to old recipes .It is pushing into new lines like fake food fashion accessories, such as fruit earrings and fried egg rings.

Food samples can be purchased and workshop for making them be enjoyed in Kappabashi-dori, the Japan’s biggest kitchen supply street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa.

Kappabashi is a plyayground for cooking lovers, while Tsukiji is the first stop for fresh food eaters.

A trip to downtown Tokyo including visiting Kappabashi. It sounds great, doesn’t it?.





















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JLPT Preparation N2 Course

JLPT Preparation N2 Course

at Azabu juban school   2-20-10 Azabu juban Minato-ku, Tokyo

Wednesday / 18:00 – 20:00

Sep. 27 – Nov.29

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.



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Japanese Language Lesson Biginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step3】

Japanese language Lesson Complete Beginners’  Course【Level 1 Step3】

Wednesday  /6:00pm – 8:00pm
August 23 – Nov. 15

Tuition Fee : 56,160 yen for 13 lessons (4,320 yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.

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