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The newest in coffee-vending-machine technology: watch the brewing live with accompanying music.

ハイテクコーヒー:ライブみせてもらいました

Wakame Soup

英語で: Most modern Japanese would, of course, just go to a konbini and buy some packets of instant soup. The alternative, however, does not really take that much more time.

Japanese: わかめとごまスープつくりました!

Wagyu

英語で Outside of Japan there are some rumours on the luxurious treatment of cows before they get cut into wagyu beef, varying from daily massages to a special diet which includes nihonshu. Whether or not these rumours are true, the resulting meat is rather special, ideal for yakiniku (fried meat).

Japanese: 和牛の焼肉!学生にもらいました。

Agriculture

英語で: Amongst the mountains and cities, Japanese farmers still manage to find land to grow their produce. Around 12% of land is used for agriculture, mostly for growing rice, but also for wheat, barley, sweet potatoes and vegetables.

Japanese:

Fish II

英語で: Fish!

Japanese: さかな!

英語で: This dish is appropriate for those with intermediate level skill with chopsticks.

Japanese: はしですこしむずかしかったです。

Hiraizumi

英語で: A few hours north of Sendai, one can find Hiraizumi. In the twelfth century, this small town was briefly the centre of what is now Tohoku. The Chuuson-ji (temple) became a Buddhist centre for the region, attracting many artisans from Kyoto. The main remnant of these days is the Konjikido, a richly decorated, golden hall.

Japanese: 平泉町に行きました。金色堂をみました、そしてわんこそばたべました。

Rice-fields

ごはん

Tanabata Festival

英語で: Sendai is host to one of the major Tanabata festivals. The local shopping arcade was turned into a forest of decorations.

Japanese: 仙台はたなばたまつりがありました。アーケードは森そうになりました。

Kinoko-gohan

英語で: As mentioned before, rice is the staple of the Japanese diet. Once one knows the basics of cooking it, one can add some extras.

Japanese: きのこごはんつくりました。

だし

The day before, add konbu (kelp) and dried mushrooms to water and leave in the refrigerator to create a dashi.

Udon

英語で: Udon are thick wheat noodles, often served in a soup, either hot or cold. The cold version is especially refreshing in the hot weather.

Japanese: となりのうどん!