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Learn about different types of donburi dishes

17.11'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter
Categories: Popular culture
Donburi is a Japanese food item. The word basically means bowl and includes a bowl of cooked rice served with a food toping. There are many varieties of donburi, served with different toppings.

Oyakodan is one of the most popular donburi dishes. This traditional Japanese dish is served with chicken and egg and sometimes with salmon and ikura. Katsudon is another donburi dish which is served with deep fried pork cutlets, eggs, and onions.

For the seafood lovers, there is kaisendon. It is a seafood donburi where rice is topped with a variety of raw food. The seafood that is served on kaiseondon donburi may vary from one place to the other and may differ according to the season. But some of the seafood items that are served are tuna, shrimps, salmon, crabs, and sea urchin.

To enjoy both seafood and vegetables together, check out Tempura Donburi. Deep fried pieces of seafood and vegetables are dipped into soya based sauce and are then topped on bowl of cooked rice.

If you enjoy eating beef, try out Gyudon donburi. You would love the taste of bowl of cooked rice with beef. Unagi donburi is made out of grilled eel prepared in thick soya sauce.

There are many more varieties of Donburi. You can find most of the donburi dishes in inexpensive hotels and restaurants spread all across Japan. You may taste curry, wasabi, sushi, ramen, and many other Japanese dishes. Most restaurants have menus in the Japanese language. It would be good to hire a Japanese language translator with you. German Japanese translator would explain you the meaning of different Japanese dishes. Enjoy Japanese food.

Packing tips for traveling around in Japan

25.10'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter
Categories: Popular culture

Whether you are visiting Japan for work or for leisure, make sure you pack carefully when travelling around if you wish to avoid the inconveniences that most foreigners experience.

Pack lightly when travelling around as you may not get space for bulky luggage in trains in Japan, especially during the peak hours. Overhead space in trains is not large enough and can not accommodate big suitcases. You can keep your luggage in front of you, but it would be quite uncomfortable to do so.

If you are using city buses in Japan, it would be better to carry small sized bags which you can conveniently place on your lap or in front of you. If you wish to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of finding storage space at trains and buses, make use of private taxis. They can easily carry your large suitcases in their trunks.

You can make use of storage counters and coin lockers for storing your luggage. Luggage storage counters are available at the airports and charge depending on the number and size of the items that you store with them. Coin lockers are available at the train stations and outside some of the tourist attractions.

To learn about Japanese business etiquettes, culture, and tradition, look for a qualified and experienced Japanese interpreter. He would help you understand the ins and outs of the Japanese culture and would ensure that you are able to impress your Japanese business colleagues with your behaviour and mannerisms.

Sitting rules that you must follow in Japan

21.10'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter
Categories: Popular culture
Going to Japan for a business meeting? Make sure that you follow the sitting rules and order that people in Japan follow.

In Japan, it is quite common to sit upright on the floor in a kneeling position. Both the genders practise this style of sitting. The Japanese word for this formal way of sitting is Seiza. As a foreigner, you may not feel comfortable sitting in seiza style. In fact, many Japanese people also find it difficult to sit like this and are able to sit in the seiza style for only few minutes.

For this reason, the formal style of sitting is followed at traditional meals, Japanese tea ceremony, and at other traditional events and festivals. On casual occasions, Japanese males sit cross legged and women sit with both legs at one side.

If, however, you are not able to follow the Japanese sitting style, do ensure that you adhere to their sitting order. The most important or the senior most guest sits farthest from the entrance. There is a special honored seat for him. It is known as kamiza in Japanese language. The person who is least important or one who is host sits closest to the entrance, called shimoza.

Adhere to the sitting rules and etiquettes when doing business with the Japanese people. They would be impressed and would show keen interest in doing business with you.

If possible, look for German Japanese translator or English to Japanese translation services. You would get a better insight into the Japanese culture, their ways of doing business, and every day living and the knowledge that you gain would aid you in doing business with your Japanese colleagues.

Popular flowers found in Japan

22.07'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter
Categories: Popular culture

Flowers hold a very special place in every culture and Japan is no exception. Flowers are natural, they are pure, innocent, simple, yet beautiful, and the perfect means to express a variety of emotions. In the Japanese culture, flowers hold a mirror to the different seasons and stand for the passage of time.

The popular types of flowers that are found in Japan are Plum Blossoms, Cherry Blossoms, Tulips, Pink Moss, Wisteria, Roses, Irises, Hydrangea, Sunflowers, Lavender, and Autumn Colors.

There are many flower parks and botanical gardens in Japan where different species of flowers are grown. The locations are ideal for flower viewing and attract tourists, as well as locals throughout the year.

If you are visiting Japan for business, take some time out of your busy schedule and visit some of the places that are popular for flower viewing. You may visit Furano Flower Fields, Biei, Tambara Flower Park, Ashigaka flower park, or Kameido shrine, Hase temple, or Meigetsuin Temple. There are many other places where you can enjoy beautiful flower varieties that bloom during different seasons in this beautiful, culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and modern nation. Before you visit any particular park or garden, check on the details for specific varieties of flowers that bloom in a given season.

For a better insight though in to the Japanese culture, society, and attractions, you may look for a Japanese Language Translator. He would familiarize you with different species of flowers that grow in Japan, the best places to view those flowers, and the norms to follow when at Japanese gardens and shrines so as not to offend the locals or the Japanese business colleagues with who you visit the Japanese flower gardens and parks.

About Japanese Food Theme Park

18.07'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter
Categories: Popular culture
Japan is a country of gourmets. Japanese food theme parks have a special place in the Japanese society and culture. These themed parks are spread all over the country, though most of them are located in the Yokohama area.

The Japanese food theme parks specialize in one type of food and offer various versions of that particular dish. The food is prepared by renowned chefs and reputable restaurants to let the visitors get a real taste of the Japanese cuisines that are famous all over the world.

If you are in Japan and want to visit one of these amazing food theme parks, you may check out the following:

Shin Yokohama Ramen museum-the amazing food theme park offers ramen in various styles found all over Japan.

Ikebukuro Gyoza Stadium-located in the Sunshine City shopping centre in Tokya, the Gyoza stadium has many Gyoza related styles featuring over 100 varieties.

Ice cream city-if you have a sweet tooth, this dessert theme park is worth checking out. With so many different types of ice creams, this one truly is a dessert’s paradise for the ice cream lovers.

Kirin Yokohama Beer village-for those who enjoy drinking beer, this food themed park in Japan is surely a Mecca to taste Japanese watery beer. They even organise beer tasting tours inside this themed park for those who are interested in knowing how kirin was made.

Sushi museum in Shizuoka-you would most probably enjoy this food themed park located in the S Pulse Dream Plaza in Japan. With 10 different sushi shops, there is so much to treat your taste buds.

The information listed at the Japanese food themed pars is usually in Japanese. There is very little information available in English. To know more about Japanese cuisines, foods, table manners, and how to use chopsticks, look for a Japanese interpreter. With his help, you can truly enjoy your visit to the Japanese food parks.