Japan and Korea

In Korea, The Pyeongchang Olympic Games will start today. Most of Filipinos may not be familiar with the winter Olympic Games.

The nearest foreign country from Japan is Korea. Both countries had exchange since ancient times. I have heard that language of Japanese and Korean have the same grammar. Before the modern age, advanced Chinese culture was often brought to Japan via the Korean Peninsula. One of the ancestors of the Emperor is the empress from the Korean Peninsula.

Flags of Japan & Korea, 日韓の国旗

By the way, 73 years ago, there was no Korea country. From 1910 to 1945 the Korean Peninsula was also Japan.

It was not desirable, But since the Korean Peninsula is surrounded by China, Russia (Soviet) and Japan, at that time it was not able to stand the position of an independent country.

However, after the end of the Pacific War Korea has been independent from Japan. And there are many Koreans in Japan who continue to live in Japan.

Naganegi

“Naganegi(長ネギ)” is one of the representative vegetables in Japan. In English it is called “Welsh Onion” or “Japanese leek”.

Naganegi、長ネギ

Occasionally it is confused with Onion leaf, but Welsh Onion and Onion leaf are another plant.

The season of Naganegi is winter. Raw it have strong stimurate taste. But if we heat it it gets sweet. It is useful as ingredients such as Nabe-ryori.

Also, Naganegi has a preventive effect against cold. In one zoo the chimpanzees do not catch cold at all since zoo keeper gave them Naganegi.

By the way this Pokemon always has it.

Farfetch'd, カモネギ

Fried shrimp and Tempura of shrimp

One of my favorite foods is shrimp. In Japan, We eat raw fresh shrimp. In addition we cook “Ebi fly(海老フライ)” and “Ebi-no-tempura(海老の天ぷら)” . Both are fried shrimp with oil.

Fried shrimp, エビフライ
Ebi fly
Tempra shrimp, 海老の天ぷら
Ebi-no-tempra

There is a difference between them. For Ebi fly, We use flour, eggs, bread crumbs as a coating before frying. But for Ebi-no-tempra, We don’t use bread crumbs. Then, Fried shrimp is more crispy than tempura.

Greeting

General greetings in Japanese are as follows.

Hisatsu, 挨拶

Oni

Oni()is a populer human-type monster in Japan. They appear in the stories of many old fairy tales.

They have some horns and afro-hair, colorful skin, and wearing tiger leather pants. Most of them are physically better and more powerful than humans.

In one theory, Westerners who arrived in long ago Japan became models of Oni.

Oni, 鬼
Oni are driven away from beans hit by humans in Setsubun.

In addition, many Oni who appear in the story have a ruthless personality. Therefore, even now, we call “Oni” to person who make unreasonable demands to others.

Setsubun

“Setsubun(節分)” is a traditional event on February 3rd. In each house, saying “Oni wa soto(鬼は外), Fuku wa uchi(福は内)” and sprinkle beans at the entrance. “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi” means “davil is outside, God of luck is inside”. Also it is good to eat beans as many as your age.

Setsbun set, 節分セット

In short, it is a remnant of customs when superstitions were believed, but bean confectionery will be focusedly sold for Setsubun at the supermarket after the New Year.

Natto

If you can eat “natto(納豆)”, you may as well be a resident in Japan. Natto is a fermented soybean. It smells like a sulfur, but it is so delicious food.

Katto, 納豆Usually, we stir it for several dozen times with chopsticks and thoroughly stickiness, then eat it with favorite seasoning. For example with yellow mustard. Also, it is extraordinary to eat it with rice.

It smells tasty, not everyone likes it. That is the same as Dorian. Actually, many Japanese people do not eat natto in the Kansai area.

In addition, since you tend to have a bad breath after eating natto you might as well watch out for the timing to eat it.

Soybean

Soybeans are one of the most important crops for Japanese people alongside rice. Soybeans will be the seasonings and raw materials of food as follows.

  • Soy sauce
  • miso (Fermented soybean paste)
  • tofu
  • Aburaage (fried slice tofu)
  • Natto (Fermented soybeans)
  • Edamame
  • Kinako(sweet soybean powder)
  • Soymilk
  • Protein (supplement)

Soy been, 大豆