To increase the absorption rate of beta-carotene, it is more effective to cook carrots in oil than to eat them raw, and to cook them in oil rather than stewing them. When eaten raw, with vinegar or lemon is recommended. To store carrots, wipe dry and cut off the leaves at first. Then, wrap each one in a piece of newspaper. After put them in a ziplock or plastic bag, and store upright refrigerate. It can be refrigerated for 2~3 weeks!
In this recipe video, I will introduce how to make Soup Curry. Soup curry is one of Japan’s curry dishes. It became popular in Sapporo in the 2000s and has since spread nationwide. This curry is a soup, so it can be eaten quickly and easily during the summer months. This is a great recipe not only for Japanese curry lovers, but also for those who want to store plenty of nutrients with the power of spices and vegetables, or for those who want to get rid of summer fatigue. Read More
As the seasons change from spring to summer, people put away their warmer clothing and take out their lighter, thinner clothing. Some families even use different furniture and household utensils.
Although things have changed considerably from the days when kimonos were worn every day, the custom of changing clothes according to the season still continues.
Schools and workplaces with uniforms also have the custom of changing clothes. Jackets are removed, tops are changed from long-sleeved to short-sleeved, and bottoms are made of light, breathable fabrics such as linen. Also, depending on the industry, many workplaces are encouraging employees to wear no-ties or casual clothes to work only during this time of the year.
In very olden days, it was the custom at the royal court to change into summer attire on April 1 of the lunar calendar and back into winter on October 1. In later years, the Shogun issued precise regulations regarding dress to all samurai and ladies of the court. Commomn people as well were bound by the regulations.
During the Meiji period, the government established official dates for the seasonal change of clothing. To this day, it is still general practive to change from winter to summer clothes on June 1 and back to winter on October 1.
Seasonal Changes in the House
Yoshido (葦戸) : Sliding door made of reeds
Hanagoza (花茣蓙)：Colorful rush matting to lay on top of tatami
Kayari (蚊遣り) : Mosquito coils burn in holders of various shapes
Uchiwa (団扇) : Round flat fan
Kaya (蚊帳) : Mosquito netting is rarely used in Japan nowadays but until dairly recently people slept under these nets during summer.
Natsu-noren (夏暖簾) : Noren are long divided curtains often hung in the entryways of shops and restaurants. During the summer, many shop owners noren made of linen or other light babrics.
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Oranges are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and skin benefits. You may have trouble storing them when they can’t fit in the refrigerator or when you can’t finish eating them. In such cases, I recommend wrapping oranges in newspaper and storing them at room temperature in a cool, well-ventilated, dark place. 1 to 2 weeks will keep them tasty without drying out. Just don’t forget to refrigerate them before eating!
In this recipe video, I will show you how to make Hiyashi Chuka. This cold ramen is eaten in Summer time here in Japan. Hiyashi Chuka is topped with summer vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes, ham or cha-siu (braised pork), and a thinly sliced egg, and served with a sweet and sour sauce.