• Chinese Restaurant Bamiyan

    [From March Issue 2015]

    “Chinese Restaurant Bamiyan” is a chain of 342 restaurants. They offer not only standard dishes like gyoza (dumplings with minced pork and vegetable stuffing) and ramen (Chinese noodles in soup), but also authentic Chinese food like Peking duck. Seasonal fare dishes are made with high quality ingredients and are available for a limited period only. With set menus you can eat for a reasonable price. English menu available.

    [No. 1] Authentic Grilled Gyoza 239 yen

    Made in house, these dumplings are fried to a crispy finish on one side. Wrapped in a springy case, the filling is as juicy as xiaolongbao soup dumplings. Delicious even without any dipping sauce.

    [No. 2] Bamiyan Ramen 449 yen

    Traditional ramen in soy sauce, chicken bone and dried bonito broth. Pork fat and garlic create a subtle flavor.

    [No. 3] Fried Rice 499 yen

    Frying the rice almost to the point of burning it brings out its delicious taste, pleasant aroma and fine texture. Unlimited soup refills come with this dish.
    Chinese Restaurant Bamiyan[2015年3月号掲載記事]

    「中華レストラン バーミヤン」は342店舗を展開する中華料理のチェーン店。ぎょうざやラーメンなど手軽なものから北京ダックなど本格的な料理まで取りそろえている。高級食材を使った期間限定フェアも開催しており、その時期だけのメニューも楽しめる。コース料理を含め、どれも手頃な価格で食べられる。メニューには英語も掲載。

    【No.1】本格焼餃子 239円


    【No.2】バーミヤンラーメン 449円


    【No.3】チャーハン 499円


    中華レストラン バーミヤン

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  • The Power of Song to Bring Peace to the World


    指揮者 加藤洋朗さん
    Choral conductor KATO Hiroaki works with a faith in the “power of song to bring peace to the world.” The NHK Tokyo Children Chorus was founded in 1952 and between 2003 and 2012 Kato was active as its principal conductor. In 2009, they were given the opportunity to perform for the pope (Benedict XVI). Today, Kato coaches youth choirs all over Japan while lecturing at the music department of Toho Gakuen College.
    As a choral coach, he wanted the children to mainly focus their best efforts on trying to create good music. “If you’re seriously engaged in music, there are times when you express yourself in a way you could never do with words, and that gives you a strong sense of achievement. In those moments, you’re happy to be alive. Once you discover this joy, the idea of starting a fight to kill people becomes unthinkable,” says Kato.
    Kato himself had in intense experience of surpassing his own abilities as a junior high school student. Because of this experience, he set out to become a conductor and then a singer. However, as he began his advanced studies, he sensed the students around him were far more talented. He also had doubts about his ability to express himself as a male singer the way he wanted. “In my 20s, I lost all hope for a future in music,” he recalls.
    During the time he was worried about his future career, he met TANAKA Nobuaki, one of Japan’s trailblazing choral conductors. While singing for three years in a choir conducted by Tanaka, he observed Tanaka’s conducting technique as much as possible. “From him I learned what music and even life itself is. My choral conducting today is based on what I learned from him.”
    Since last October, Kato has been coaching a choir of ambassadors’ wives who “want to make an appeal for peace through song.” Having only practiced for one month and a half, they gave their first concert for an audience of some 60 people from 30 embassies. They sang Christmas songs and “Hana wa Saku (The Flower Will Bloom),” a charity song for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. “They sang ‘Hana wa Saku’ in Japanese because they all wanted to, but it was a struggle for them.”
    The concert was a great success. After the performance, Kato discovered that the wives had been very nervous. When he shook hands with them their hands were very cold. The wife of the Finnish ambassador, who made the final speech, rounded up proceedings with tears in her eyes, saying, “I never thought I, of all people, would be able to make an appeal for peace through music.”
    “Regardless of your technical skill, if you have a strong desire to express yourself, your message will reach your listeners,” says Kato who’s rediscovering the power of music. In the future, with the goal of world peace and integration in mind he wants to create good quality music with more young people.
    Photos by WATANABE Tsutomu
    Text: ICHIMURA Masayo[2015年3月号掲載記事]

    指揮者 加藤洋朗さん
    写真:渡辺 力

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  • Pioneer in Optical Devices Soon to Celebrate its Centenary

    [From March Issue 2015]

    Founded in 1917, Nikon Corporation (Minato City, Tokyo Prefecture) is a world-class manufacturer of optical devices. It was founded to manufacture optical products which could not be imported due to the ramifications of World War I and an investment by IWASAKI Koyata, President of Mitsubishi Limited Partnership made it possible to merge three companies that respectively made gauges, glass, and lenses. When it was established, the company name was Nippon Kogaku K.K.
    Nikon was originally the name of a small camera Nippon Kogaku K.K. launched in 1948. In the planning stages the camera had initially been called the Nikolette, a name derived from Nikko, an abbreviation of Nippon Kogaku. The idea was revisited, however, because many in the company felt that “Nikolette would be too weak a name for a future core product.” Then, to make the name sound stronger, ‘n’ was attached to the end of Nikko and thus Nikon was used.
    There is an anecdote concerning the company name. At a ceremony to mark the twinning of Tokyo and Paris, then president FUKUOKA Shigetada introduced himself to the mayor of Paris as “Fukuoka from Nippon Kogaku K.K.,” but the mayor looked baffled. When his secretary informed him that the company made Nikon cameras the mayor answered in a friendly tone, “I know Nikon very well.”
    The product name had become more famous than the company name. The company name was changed to Nikon in 1988 at the suggestion of insiders who believed Nikon was already an internationally well-known brand with a reputation for reliability.
    Nikon cameras and “NIKKOR” interchangeable lenses are so reliable that they are used by the majority of media companies in and outside Japan. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, photojournalist David Douglas DUNCAN took pictures with NIKKOR lenses. Those pictures were featured in the American photo magazine “Life.” The sharpness of these pictures created quite a stir in the magazine’s editorial department in New York. At the same time the New York Times wrote about Nikon’s high quality.
    Nikon products are also used in space. Designed to NASA specifications, in 1971, the “Nikon Photomic FTN” was used on the Apollo 15 mission. Since then, Nikon has long been supplying cameras and interchangeable lenses to NASA. WAKATA Koichi, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth in May 2014, used a “D4” to take pictures of space and the Earth.
    Today, with an emphasis on precision equipment, imaging and instruments, the company has diversified. Its focus is not only on cameras, but also on the development of industrial products such as semiconductor/FPD (flat panel display) lithography systems, microscopes, and measuring instruments. Considered the most precise machines in history, semiconductor lithography systems make IC (integrated circuits) which are an integral part in all electronic devices. Nikon is beginning to apply its core technologies – namely optics and precision engineering – in the fields of health and medicine.
    Nikon Corporation
    Text: ITO Koichi[2015年3月号掲載記事]

    ニコン製品は宇宙でも活躍しています。1971年にはアポロ15号でNASA仕様の「Nikon Photomic FTN」が使われました。これを皮切りに、ニコンは長年にわたってNASAにカメラと交換レンズを納入しています。日本人初の宇宙ステーション(ISS)船長を務め、2014年5月に地球に帰還した若田光一さんが、「D4」を使って宇宙空間や地球を撮影しました。

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  • Treasuring Friendships Made at Japanese School

    [From March Issue 2015]

    HU Shuhao
    YU Zhihang
    “We like Japanese comics and anime. We particularly like ‘One Piece.’ The passionate friendships between characters made a big impression on us,” say HU Shuhao and YU Zhihang from China. The two are currently studying at JCLI Language School in Shinjuku City, Tokyo Prefecture. “One of the good things about this school is that you can make friends with people from a variety of different countries. I became especially close friends with Yu-san because we have a similar liking for comics and anime,” says Hu. “Hu-san is like an older brother to me,” smiles Yu.
    Hu began studying Japanese during his third year of university in China. “It was because I was interested in Japanese society and culture. However, since my studies in China put an emphasis on grammar, I came to Japan because I wanted to study speaking,” says Hu. Yu says, “After graduating high school in China, I came to Japan because I wanted to go to a Japanese university. Since I had hardly studied any Japanese before coming here, it was very difficult in the beginning,” he says with a smile.
    There are approximately 700 students at JCLI Language School, and there are four semesters each year. “I entered the Beginner II class in April, 2014, and am now in the advanced class. I sometimes teach classmates struggling with kanji how to write the characters and the difference between “網” (ami: net) and “綱” (tsuna: rope),” says Hu. Yu says, “I entered the Beginner I class in April, 2014, and am now in the Intermediate class. I enjoy the lessons in which each student introduces their own country’s customs and culture.”
    The downside of living in Japan is that it costs a lot of money. About six months into his stay in Japan, Hu started looking for a part-time job. “I handed in my resume after seeing a poster in Uniqlo advertising for staff. I was overjoyed when I got the call telling me I was hired,” says Hu. Yu reflects, “About three months after arriving in Japan, I began searching for part-time work. I visited several convenience stores and left resumes. It took about one week to land a job.”
    They struggled numerous times during work hours because they didn’t understand the Japanese spoken by the customers. Hu says, “I did not understand the meaning of zaiko (stock), nor could I pronounce the name of our recommended product. It is challenging because particular terms are used for serving customers, and the products often have long katakana names.” Yu says with a smile, “I still wind up calling the manager when I cannot catch what the customer is saying.”
    They have recently become more comfortable with speaking Japanese. “Transactions that were once difficult at the bank and at government offices are now easier because I can understand Japanese. My part-time job is fulfilling not only because my Japanese has improved, but also because my knowledge of the products has deepened; I can now recommend products to customers and show workers with less experience than me where a certain product is located,” says Hu. Yu laughs, “When I understand the dialogue in anime, I am happy that my Japanese has improved.”
    Hu wants to “study sociology in a Japanese graduate school.” Yu says, “All I can think about at this point is trying my best to improve my Japanese.” They both enjoy spending their spare time with classmates. “We go out to drink or play games together. But we’re a little lonely as there aren’t any goukon (mixed-sex dating parties),” jokes Hu. Yu says, “I go sightseeing around Tokyo with my buddies. I adore Akihabara. Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge are great, too.”
    JCLI Language School
    Text: SAZAKI Ryo[2015年3月号掲載記事]

    胡 書豪さん
    于 志航さん

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  • Thrilling School Drama

    [From March Issue 2015]

    In this comedy YAMAGUCHI Kumiko is an unconventional teacher working at Shirokin Gakuin boy’s high school. The title “Gokusen” signifies that Kumiko is both the female heir to a crime syndicate and a school teacher. It was serialized from 2000 through to 2007 in the comic magazine “YOU.” It was adapted into a TV drama and movie, and through these works many actors became well-known.
    A teacher at Shirokin Gakuin – a school with many problem children – Kumiko is put in charge of class four of the second year (junior year). The students proceed to make fun of seemingly mild-mannered Kumiko. One day when student KUMAI Teruo is attacked by senior year students, Kumiko comes to his rescue. Soon everybody comes to adore the hot-headed Kumiko. While helping out Kumiko, student leader SAWADA Shin finds out about Kumiko’s shady background.
    Since her parents died in a traffic accident, Kumiko was left in the care of her grandfather KURODA Ryuichiro from a young age. The Kuroda clan, which her grandfather leads, has an excellent legal adviser called SHINOHARA Tomoya. Owing a debt of gratitude to Kumiko’s grandfather, Shinohara has remained in the underworld and during this time Kumiko has continued to hold a torch for him. Though she has the support of the clan’s henchmen, this romance does not develop.
    As class four year two begins to come together as a group, Shirokin Gakuin’s future becomes uncertain. The school board chairman stops recruiting students for the next fiscal year and it’s rumored that the school is due to close. Angered by the news, Kumiko makes the board chairman write out a contract stating that if the school becomes number one in a sport or in a humanities subject within two months, the closure will be cancelled.
    Though still having difficulty dealing with her students, with the help of the other teachers Kumiko begins to take charge. Kumiko and Sawada set up a boxing club, and challenge Japan’s most prestigious school to a match. Thinking that the team wouldn’t be able to win by playing fair, Kumiko uses underhand methods during the match. After securing a victory Shirokin Gakuin escapes closure.
    During graduation Kumiko’s background come to light and she is forced to resign. Shinohara who has decided to return to Hokkaido because of his father’s illness asks the depressed Kumiko to marry him. But Kumiko elects to part with Shinohara when her students desperately plead with her to attend their graduation. Later, thanks to the efforts of the principal and her co-workers, she returns to Shirokin Gakuin.
    The spirited protagonist is strong in a fight, but when it comes to love is completely clueless. So much so that she isn’t aware of her student Sawada’s affection for her until the last episode. After the series ended, special episodes were published several times. The growth of their mutual affection is depicted in these episodes.
    Text: KAWARATANI Tokiko[2015年3月号掲載記事]



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  • The Island Where You Can Connect With Rabbits

    [From February Issue 2015]

    Ohkunoshima in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
    Japan is a country consisting of roughly 6,800 small and large islands. Some of these are inhabited by large populations of certain animals. For instance, Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture and Aoshima in Ehime Prefecture are known as cat islands and deer roam free at Itsukushima (or Miyajima) in Hiroshima Prefecture. Home to over 700 rabbits, Ohkunoshima in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is one such island.
    Covering an area of about 0.7 square kilometers, Ohkunoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea. It’s 12 to 13 minutes away by ferry from Tadanoumi Port in Hiroshima Prefecture or Sakari Port in Omishima, Ehime Prefecture. The island has several hotels, hot springs, and various leisure facilities including tennis courts and swimming pools. You can also enjoy bathing in the sea, fishing and sea firefly viewing. There is a camp site as well, where camping supplies are available for rent.
    Until the end of World War II, there was a Japanese military facility producing poison gas on Ohkunoshima. In addition to the Poison Gas Museum, remains of gun batteries and factories from those days can still be found on the island. This makes Ohkunoshima a good place to learn about the importance of peace and about the history of the war.
    The main means of transportation on Ohkunoshima are free buses that run very slowly or rental bicycles. You are not allowed to drive your own car on the island. Tourists who have driven there have to park their cars in the parking lot at the port or in parking spaces on the island. With the exception of service dogs, it’s forbidden to bring animals onto the island. In an environment with no traffic and few predators, rabbits live peacefully.
    The rabbit that inhabits Ohkunoshima is a species native to Northern Africa and Europe called the European rabbit. They were brought into Japan as pets, livestock, and experimental subjects. It’s unknown why there are so many of them on Ohkunoshima now, but the prevailing theory is that eight rabbits kept as pets at a local elementary school were set free in 1971, went feral and multiplied.
    A number of people visit Ohkunoshima several times a year just to see the rabbits. Some can be seen enthusiastically taking pictures of them. Pictures and videos of the Ohkunoshima rabbits have been much discussed in other countries as well, so the island also attracts foreign tourists.
    KADOWAKI Hirokazu of Kyuukamura Ohkunoshima (National Park Resort Ohkunoshima) says: “Rabbits are weak animals. They tend to get stressed easily, so please do not chase them around or pick them up. If they get sick or injured, they won’t be able to live in the wild. Also, rabbits that have been kept in captivity can’t survive in the harsh natural environment. Please refrain from leaving rabbits and other animals on the island.”
    Kyuukamura Ohkunoshima
    Text: SAZAKI Ryo[2015年2月号掲載記事]


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  • Construction Sites Make Fascinating Tour Destinations

    [From February Issue 2015]

    Tours to inspect construction sites, such as tunnels and expressways, are generating quiet interest. The Kinki Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism created an exclusive website called “Miseru! Genba” (Enchanting! Sites) last August to draw in visitors. “Since we maintain the infrastructure with tax money, we wanted the public to know what our job involves. So, we decided to have people come see how the work is carried out,” says MATSUO Jun of the Planning Department’s Planning Division. Anyone of elementary school age or over can visit free of charge.
    Matsuo says the appeal of these construction site inspection tours is being able to see areas that will remain hidden once the construction is complete. Furthermore, “Since the construction work of the Kinki Regional Development Bureau is national government work, you can see construction on a grand scale,” he says, hyping this special feature. Also popular are rides given on the big heavy industrial machines used for construction work.
    As visitors range from elementary school pupils, to students going to engineering schools, to construction industry officials, staff members with detailed knowledge of the site accompany them in order to answer any technical questions. In addition, since the conditions at the construction site change day by day, the content of the tour and the itinerary is updated frequently. Therefore, there are people who sign up many times. Although it was only held for four months last year, 2,100 people participated.
    However, there are also concerns. “The primary goal of the construction site is to push forward with construction. If the numbers of visitors rises too much, there is the concern that the construction work will not progress. Because of this, one of the conditions is that we reduce the number of tours, taking only applications for groups of ten people and over,” Matsuo says.
    There is a movement to make this kind of tour available as a tourist attraction. In conjunction with the Japan Society of Civil Engineering, the Japan Institute of Country-ology and Engineering, and the major construction contractors, the travel agency JTB is finding out whether this kind of construction site visit has the potential to become a sightseeing attraction.
    Many visiting tours are carried out free of charge by administrations and municipalities like the Kinki Regional Development Bureau. However, FUKASAWA Reiko, section manager at JTB Domestic Travel Plan East Japan Division Business Development Section – the department in charge of this project – says, “Because we’re a travel agency we can add that little extra spice to the experience along with a narrative element that will satisfy participants.”
    The first tour they planned was a construction site inspection tour of the Tokyo Outer Ring Road. Their target audience was parent and child groups who were able to pass through a section that was normally restricted to authorized personnel. The content of the tour included writing messages and signatures on the tunnel, and observing an experiment to test the strength of the concrete. They made it available to 20 pairs, but after it appeared in a newspaper, they sold out that day.
    There are future concerns, too. “Because there’s the safety aspect to consider, we limit the number of participants for a single tour. Moreover, it’s a lot of work for the travel agency as it’s not possible to carry out the same tour numerous times at one site,” says Fukasawa. The work of the site manager in ensuring safety increases and bottlenecks might build up when tours are halted due to safety concerns. However, since a lot of people are hoping to sample such a rare experience, Fukasawa feels that there is enough potential for the tours to become a tourist attraction.

    Text: ICHIMURA Masayo[2015年2月号掲載記事]



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  • A Similar Sense of Hospitality

    [From February Issue 2015]

    Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
    in Japan
    “Before I came to Japan, I imagined that since it’s a developed country, all the windows would open and shut electronically. But conditions in the rooms of the lodging house I rented as an international student were surprisingly different from what I had imagined: they were very small, the toilet was shared, and we had to go to the public bath to take a bath,” says Ambassador Gursel ISMAYILZADA in perfect Japanese.
    The Ambassador started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, but went to Japan in October of 1996, as a graduate student. “After graduating from Baku University in my home country, I received a scholarship from Japan and studied Japanese at Tsukuba University for six months. After that I went on to receive a master’s degree and doctorate at Sophia University. In January of 2005 I returned home, but wanting to give something back to the country that had facilitated my studies, I returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in September of that year I started working as a diplomat at the newly-established Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Japan.
    Located on the west coast of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. “My country opened an embassy in Japan in 2005. After getting involved with the establishment of the embassy, I first worked as counsellor and then became an ambassador. The fact I could speak Japanese was a huge advantage in my career as a diplomat.”
    When the ambassador was a student, there was no Japanese program at Baku University. “After I decided to study abroad in Japan I found some textbooks – which were mostly in Russian and English – and spent a few months studying Japanese on my own. The Azerbaijani language has more vowels than Japanese, and the word order is similar, so learning to speak Japanese wasn’t too difficult. But learning to read and write hiragana and katakana along with the many kanji, was quite a struggle,” he recalls.
    He quickly became accustomed to the food and customs of Japan. “Japanese food is healthy and simple. Kaiseki (a traditional multi-course meal) is exquisite. My favorite dishes are yakitori and shabushabu,” he says with a smile. “I also quickly got accustomed how to use the Japanese public bath. I am the type of person who wants to experience everything and was able to adapt,” he adds.
    “Before coming to Japan, I thought the Japanese were very serious and diligent, living like monks in a monastery. But once I got there, I saw all the comedy and rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) on TV. Although students took their studies very seriously on campus, at night they would go out drinking, even with the professors. Then they were right back in class the following day with the same serious faces again, which was amazing,” he laughs.
    “By living in Japan, I’ve deepened my knowledge of Japanese culture,” he says. “For instance, I learned the difference between giri (obligation) and gimu (duty) from reading Ruth BENEDICT’s ‘The Chrysanthemum and the Sword.’ But after coming here and interacting with Japanese people, there came a point at which I realized what ‘obligation’ truly meant. I gained a deeper understanding of what was going on in ‘Black Rain’ – a movie set in Japan – when I watched it again after returning to Japan.”
    “The best quality of the Japanese is the way they work together. I want to learn more about this from them,” says the ambassador. “When the Tohoku disaster occurred, I heard the news in my home country and it greatly saddened me, but at the same time I knew that Japan would quickly get back on its feet again. In fact, at Sendai Airport, which had been damaged by the tsunami, partial service was restored within just one month after the disaster. The teamwork of Japanese people is truly astonishing.”
    “On top of that, Japanese people are gourmets. I think that in Tokyo, you can eat better Italian food than in Italy and better French cuisine than in France. Tokyo has more Michelin stars than anywhere else. Japan’s other attractions include its unique cultural traditions such as kabuki,” the ambassador says.
    “The people of Japan and Azerbaijan are alike in both friendliness and hospitality. My country is just about the size of Hokkaido. You can get around the whole country in a short amount of time, so please come visit it. I recommend trying dolma, which is mutton wrapped in grape leaves with yogurt dressing. The cheese and kebabs are also delicious, and each locality has its own unique pilaf.”
    Azerbaijan is a country rich in high grade petroleum and natural gas. “Because the petroleum is close to the surface, there are places where fires burn continuously. I think that’s probably why the fire-worshipping Zoroaster religion originated here, and it’s said that even the name of the country derives from fire. My country is at the crossroads of the East and the West. Boasting numerous historical buildings, part of the capital, Baku, has been designated a World Heritage site.
    “My country gained its independence in 1918 for two years, becoming the first democratic republic in the Islamic world. During that time, women were given the right to vote. Then, Azerbaijan became a part of the Soviet Union in 1920, and religion was prohibited. The majority of citizens are Muslim, but Azerbaijan is a secular country,” the ambassador states.
    “The people of Azerbaijan are very pro-Japanese,” says the ambassador. “During the Soviet Era, ISHIKAWA Takuboku’s haiku about the suffering caused by poverty were often read for propaganda purposes. This fostered pro-Japanese sentiment amongst the people. In today’s market economy, they admire Japan as a country that has achieved high economic growth, and Japanese-made cosmetics are a huge hit with women. Anime is popular among the youth,” says the ambassador.
    “Japanese martial arts are very popular. There are many people practicing judo and karate, and in the Beijing Olympics an Azerbaijani won a gold medal in judo. The Sumo Federation has a presence in Azerbaijan, with wrestlers competing in international sumo tournaments. Eventually there will be Azerbaijani sumo wrestlers in Japanese professional sumo. If that happens, I would love to give them their sumo names,” the Ambassador says expectantly.
    “Lastly, I’d like tell non-Japanese readers studying Japanese that you made the right decision. Japanese is a language worth learning,” says the ambassador. “Interacting with Japanese people is the best way to improve your Japanese. It’s difficult to learn the difference between ageru (give) and morau (receive/be given) from a textbook, but you can grasp it through actual conversation with Japanese people. Please do come to Japan and converse with Japanese people as much as you can,” says the ambassador.

    Text: SAZAKI Ryo[2015年2月号掲載記事]






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  • Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

    [From February Issue 2015]

    This is the first malt whiskey distillery to be constructed in Japan. One of the whiskeys manufactured here is “Single Malt Whiskey Yamazaki” which has received awards at various alcoholic beverage competitions around the world. A guided tour (free of charge, reservations required) explains the whiskey making process and attracts many visitors. At the Whiskey Museum you can taste about 100 different brands of whiskeys, including rare unblended whiskeys and limited edition whiskeys, for a fee.
    Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Yamazaki Station of JR Kyoto Line or Oyamazaki Station of Hankyu Kyoto Line
    Yamazaki Whiskey Museum
    Opening hours: From 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Last admission: 4:00 p.m.)
    Yamazaki Distillery Guided Tours
    begin every 60 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays they begin every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    An audio guide is available in English, Chinese and French.
    Admittance: Free of charge
    Closing days: Year-end and New Year holidays, factory holidays (and during temporary closures)
    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery[2015年2月号掲載記事]


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  • Hotto Motto

    [From February Issue 2015]

    “Hotto Motto” is a chain of 2,700 stores that sells take-out lunch boxes. The company has shops in Korea and China as well as in Japan. Many people choose to buy take-out here because of the reasonable prices and variety on offer. Since all the cooking is done in-store, customers can savour the delicious taste of a freshly-made lunch. Box lunches with smaller portions of rice are also on sale. Orders can be made in advance on the Internet. A delivery service is available.

    [No. 1] Seaweed Lunch Box 306 yen

    Layered on top of a bed of steaming rice is “okaka kombu” (finely chopped dried-bonito and kelp boiled in soy sauce and sugar) and dried seaweed produced in Japan. The dish is topped off with fried chikuwa (tubular rolls of boiled fish paste) and fried white fish meat.

    [No. 2] Fried Chicken Lunch Box 408 yen

    This crispy fried chicken and vegetable dish is seasoned with a special ginger, garlic and soy sauce dressing.

    [No. 3] Fried Pork and Vegetable Lunch Box 463 yen.

    Cabbages, carrots, onions, edamame (soy beans), bean sprouts and pork fried in a special sauce.
    Hotto Motto[2015年2月号掲載記事]


    【No.1】のり弁当 306円


    【No.2】から揚弁当 408円


    【No.3】肉野菜炒め弁当 463円



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