Although our blog mainly focuses on Japanese cuisine and the art of cooking, using Japanese traditional ingredients, I wanted to share this story about the first ever Japanese Hot Tub amusement park that opened in Bappu city on the island of Kyushu in Japan. I thought not only was it a fun and interesting story but also that it shed a little light on how amazing the Japanese culture is and how stepping outside the box can be quite an experience! While swapping a few new Japanese cooking recipes to try out with my friend Linda, she began telling me about this hot tub amusement park. I didn’t quite believe her at first, however her husband who owns a hot tub business came into the room and indeed told me it was true! In fact to all you readers you may want to check out this video of the actual park to fully believe me as well!
The amusement park is located in the city of Beppu which is known for being home to Japan’s largest active volcano Mount Aso at 5,200ft! Because of this active volcano the city is forever engulfed in steam thanks to the 3,000 some steam vents that can be found throughout the land. How did such an idea for such a unique amusement park come about?? Yasuhiro Nagano, the mayor of Beppu, released a video with the idea of the amusement park sometime last year. He pledged that if they received over a million views of the video they would indeed build the amusement park. And that it did! The video quickly gained views and popularity even having over 75,000,000 yen’s donated as contribution to the building of the park!
What Can You Expect At This Hot Tub Amusement Park???
Many do not know what is in store for them should they visit this incredible park. The video sheds a bit of what to expect but for those of you still wondering think, a roller coaster ride with carriages filled with hot soapy water, workers dressed as zombies who wander around the park, and a merry-go-round. In a sense I guess you could say that this is a Japanese version of a water park here in United States. Afterall, bathing is taken seriously in Japan and there are actually bath houses and outdoor tubs that one can visit. They even have standards and rules when using a public bath house.
While my love for Japanese cuisine is quite real, I also am intrigued and interested in the entire Japanese culture all together. Just like each culture has different food ingredients that are significant to them, their ways of life and practices are unique as well. Exploring another country and culture is so amazing and there is so much knowledge to be gained! Enjoy the video and stay tuned for some of the great Japanese recipes I swapped with Linda!
Making your own sushi can be somewhat intimidating for those that are just beginning or even attempting it their second or third time. Check out this video that gives you step by step instructions to help sushi making a bit easier!
Getting ready to prepare and enjoy your first Japanese meal can be exciting and a bit intimidating, especially if you aren’t completely familiar with the ingredients that go into making it. While a lot of people associate raw fish and sushi with Japanese cuisine, and both are definitely staples of Japan, there is also many many other incredible dishes to enjoy. To get things started and all of our readers a bit more familiar with Japanese cuisine we thought we would go over the different Japanese ingredients to become acquainted with.
Japanese Cuisine Ingredients
Medium Grain Rice (a.k.a. Sushi rice)
White Miso (Shiro Miso)
Sake (drinking & cooking!)
Mirin (sweet liquor made from rice)
Sesame Seeds & Oil
Bonito Flakes (Katsu Bushi)
Japanese Soy Sauce
While there are definitely more ingredients that are used in Japanese cooking these are the basic and most often used. The great thing about Japanese cuisine is that it can be altered a bit to compliment pretty much all eating preferences. For example, Japanese use tofu in many of their dishes. This is perfect for those that are vegan or vegetarian. If a recipe should call for chicken, beef or fish tofu can be substituted and the dish will still be delicious.
Another factor I like about Japanese cuisine is that is relatively healthy fair. There are not a lot of oils or additives when it comes to Japanese recipes, which is great for our health.
A few other important components of Japanese recipes include:
Dashi- japanese soup stock used in MANY japanese recipes
Miso Soup- Great beginning to a meal & also Japan’s traditional soup
Teriyaki Sauce- you can even make your own! Great for a fish/meat/tofu marinade
Simply exploring Japanese cooking and different recipes is always great for those first trying Japanese cuisine, so that you may ease your way into the different flavors that are brought forth in japanese dishes. You never know you just might find your new favorite meal and become one heck of a Japanese Chef!
Hello and welcome to our blog focused on Japanese cuisine. We wanted to bring this blog to life to share all of the cooking techniques, cuisine, and main ingredients of Japenese recipes. We hope to ignite your love for Japanese cooking while exploring Japans delicious food staples that go far beyond the boundries of just sushi! Tell your friends, co-workers, neighbors etc. about our blog and help us spread our love and passion for Japanese cuisine!