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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 8, 2021

British woman, 28, goes missing in Japan

Alice Hodgkinson went missing on July 1

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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 8, 2021

Japan’s Rise of Muscle Girls

“To me, weight training every day is the same as brushing my teeth every day.” (Nobita from Japan)

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Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children

A man has admitted consuming alcohol before the truck he was driving was involved in an accident that left two elementary school children dead and three others injured… Source Japan Today

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 7, 2021

Japanese idol goes viral for display of superpowers at train station【Video】

All in a day’s work for this creative idol.

If you’ve ever visited a Japanese train station in Japan, it’s likely stayed with you as a very Japanese experience. Rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life is a great way to feel like a local, while the trains and stations themselves are filled with all sorts of foreign sights and sounds that make for a memorable journey.

If you’re lucky, one of the sights you might see at the station is a young woman with the power to control a train, if this recent viral video is anything to go by. Shared with the message, “Moving trains is my side hustle“, the video shows Japanese idol Tenka no Chan Yuki, who goes by the handle @yuki_banamon online, wielding her magnificent powers over an oncoming train.

▼ The clip above shows Tenka “pulling” the speeding train into the station…

▼ …before she starts ushering it past her with a series of powerful, well-placed swipes, until…

▼ …she unleashes it from her grip as it passes by, leaving her twintails flying in the wind as it leaves the station.

The clever video had train enthusiasts and fans alike jumping up to give Tenka a standing ovation.

“Great arm movements!”
“What a fantastic illusion! The driver of the train must have been pulled by your invisible force.”
“We’re indebted to you for your hard work with the trains!”

“I liked the cute stagger at the end!”
“That stagger made it look so real!”
“It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!”

Tenka’s powerful performance is certainly impressive, and her ability to turn an everyday moment into something magical really is all in a day’s work for her, as she calls herself the “Write, Make, Create idol“. Her social media accounts are filled with all sorts of interesting videos that showcase her talent for art and humour, which has earned her the love and support of over 22,000 fans, so be sure to check her out on Twitter and Instagram.

And if you’re looking for more magic at the train station, you might want to take a look at this one in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which has torii shrine gates on its tracks!

Source: Twitter/@yuki_banamon
Images: Twitter/@yuki_banamon
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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 7, 2021

We try Starbucks’ new Strawberry Choux Cream Frappuccino

Sure, we love puff pastry, but what’s it like to drink it?

One of the great things about our team having a reporter based in Taiwan is the fact that she’s able to give us a firsthand account of all the fantastic local Starbucks treats over there that we sadly miss out over here in Japan.

Now, she’s back to make us all green with envy once again, this time with Starbucks Taiwan’s newest limited-time offering: the Strawberry Choux Cream Frappuccino.

While this is the first time for the Frappuccino to land on Taiwanese shores, the Strawberry Choux Cream Frappuccino appeared in South Korea in 2017 and 2019 to huge acclaim. Now, it’s not only on the menu at Starbucks in Taiwan, but at a number of other Starbucks branches in east and southeast Asia as well.

The drink has been getting rave reviews from everyone who’s tried it so far, but our reporter Yui Imai wasn’t so sure if choux cream would make for a great Frappuccino, given that the milk bases they usually contain are already so creamy on their own.

Another potential problem was the fact that the drink doesn’t contain any cream puffs, which is the sweet Yui usually thinks of when she hears the words “choux cream”. Instead, the base is a blend of vanilla custard cream and milk, with plenty of strawberry pulp at the bottom.

Instead of cream puff pastry, the drink contains a topping of graham cracker pieces for a textural accent, and when Yui took her first sip of the drink, the initial flavour was similar to vanilla ice cream. A second or two later, the acidity and jelly-like texture from the strawberry pulp jumped into the flavour profile, providing a fruity refreshment to the creamy base.

Yui was almost upset to admit the beverage was actually amazing. And as for the missing cream puffs, the graham cracker pieces on top did a really good job of recreating the familiar pastry-and-cream combination. In fact, it was probably a better option than including real puff pastry pieces, which would have clumped together and created a cloying texture.

As she sipped through the drink, Yui was surprised to find that the crispy texture of the cookie, the mellow custard-flavoured Frappuccino base, and the strawberry pulp mix combined beautifully together to create an overall flavour that really tasted like a choux cream pastry.

This playful Frappuccino is available in three sizes, priced from 145-185 TWD (US$5.19-$6.63), and will be available for a limited time from 23 June.

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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 5, 2021

Where to Try the Best Ebi Fry (Deep-Fried Shrimp) in Nagoya

If you love shrimp, then Nagoya is a fantastic place to visit. Aichi Prefecture, home of Nagoya,  has one of the highest per capita shrimp consumption in the country. This is probably because shrimp can be easily fished in Ise Bay. And because seafood tastes best when it’s fresh, it is often found on the plates of the locals.

In fact, the official fish of the Aichi Prefecture is the tiger prawn. True, prawns are not actually fish, but who cares?

What better way to try some of the delicious regional prawns than by having a go at a local Nagoya specialty called Ebi Furai.

Have You Ever Heard of Ebi Furai? If Not Your Missing Out

Ebi Furai or Ebi Fry is deep-fried shrimp and is sometimes translated as shrimp fritters. Traditionally made from tiger prawns, but nowadays, more often than not using black tiger prawns or even up to 30 centimeters long Japanese spiny lobster (Ise Ebi).

The prawns are battered in Panko bread crumbs and then deep-fried to perfection. Crispy outside and juicy, but not at all fishy inside.

Ebi Furai vs Ebi Tempura: What are the differences?

Ebi Furai vs Ebi Tempura
Left: Ebi Furai, Right: Ebi Tempura

If you are wondering what the difference between Ebi Furai and shrimp Tempura is, let us clear this up for you.

Both are deep-fried shrimp—no question about it. But while Ebi Tempura is battered in a mixture of flour and water, Ebi Furai uses the characteristic Japanese Panko bread crumbs. Panko is a type of crustless white bread that is shaved into flakes before being dried. Panko bread crumbs have an airier flavor and absorb less oil than standard breadcrumbs. 

The two dishes are also served differently. While Ebi Tempura is either served with salt or a Tempura dipping sauce called Tentsuyu, Ebi Furai is either served with tartar sauce, Tonkatsu sauce, or as a Nagoya specialty with a Red Miso or even Hatcho Miso sauce.

The Origin of Ebi Furai Might Surprise You

Ebi Furai frying ebi furai
Frying Ebi Furai

The popular dish might have been invented in Tokyo sometime in the middle of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) when Japan was quickly modernizing. The Meiji Period saw many new ‘westernized’ dishes appear for the first time on restaurant menus, and Ebi Furai was no exception. But the actual origin is unknown.

Deep-fried shrimp is by no means a dish limited only to Nagoya and can be found at restaurants and Izakaya all over the country.

Ebi Furai as a local Nagoya specialty was popularized by accident in the 1980s when a then-popular comedian made fun of how Nagoyans pronounce Ebi Furai. This led to an association of Ebi Furai with Nagoya and the rising popularity of the dish in the region.

Where to Eat the Best Ebi Fry in Nagoya

While you will find Ebi Furai on Izakaya menus all across Nagoya, including at coffee shops as a popular lunch option, there are a couple of places in Nagoya that specialize in the dish. At these restaurants, Ebi Furai is taken seriously. If you love shrimp, we recommend trying one of them while you are in the city.

Ebidote Shokudo

Ebi Furai Ebidote
Ebi Furai in Ebidote

This restaurant has the word Ebi in its name, which tells us that it specializes in shrimp. At Ebidote Shokudo, you will find a whole menu of different shrimp and prawn dishes.

The highlight is Japan’s biggest Ebi Furai (at least that’s what they claim). At up to 35 centimeters long, it really is a gigantic fried shrimp.

The different fried shrimp dishes are either served as sets or as Donburi rice bowls with various sauces, such as tartar sauce, Tonkatsu sauce, and, of course, Miso.

Ebidote Shokudo is conveniently located inside the Esca Underground Shopping Street on the west side of Nagoya Station.

Ebidote Shokudo – Esca Branch (海老どて食堂エスカ店)
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:00
Address: 6-9 Tsubakicho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0015 (Located in the Esca Underground Shopping Street)
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Maruha Shokudo

Ebi Furai Maruha
Ebi Furai in Maruha Shokudo

Maruha Shokudo opened in 1950 in a small town on the Chita Peninsula. It is a seafood restaurant that is famous for its Ebi Furai.

If you have come to try Ebi Furai at Maruha Shokudo, we recommend that you try the Ebi Furai Teishoku (set meal). It consists of 2 big fried shrimp served on a bed of cabbage and a bowl of rice, Miso soup, and some pickles. There are also sets that include Sashimi or a salad topped with shrimp.

Another specialty at Maruha Shokudo is the Maki Ebi Furai, a fried shrimp wrapped like a Maki Sushi roll and cut into bite-size pieces. Other dishes include different kinds of fish, either as Sashimi, grilled, boiled, or fried.

The original shop is at the tip of the Chita Peninsula and cannot easily be reached with public transport. But that’s no problem as you will find multiple shops have opened in Nagoya. Either visit the modern shop inside the Lachic Shopping Mall in Sakae, with fantastic airy views and a great atmosphere, or the one inside Nagoya Stations Umaimon Dori.

There is also a shop at Nagoya Airport for your last chance to eat some delicious Ebi Furai before your flight home.

Maruha Shokudo – Sakae Lachic Branch (まるは食堂ラシック店)
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 22:00; Weekends 11:00 – 22:00
Address: 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Ebi Furai Konparu
Ebi Furai Sando in Konparu

This chain of coffee shops originated in Nagoya in 1947 is the place to go if you want to see the more traditional side of Japan and if you want to see what a coffee shop used to be like in post-war Japan.

Konparu is famous for one thing (and it’s not their coffee) it’s their delicious Ebi Furai Sando. A sandwich filled with fried shrimp, egg, and cabbage, and a special delightful sauce. With a price tag of 980 yen, it is definitely not cheap but so delicious that it’s worth every yen.

Ebi Furai Sando goes very well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Having the iced coffee at Konparu is an experience in itself, so we recommend you go for that.

The original Konparu is inside the Osu Shopping District, and inside, it feels like time has stood still for the past 70 years or so.

Other locations include the underground shopping malls at Nagoya Station called Meichika and Sakae called Mori no Chikamachi, with a total of 9 shops dotted across the city.

Yanagibashi Central Market (柳橋中央市場)
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: 4:00 – 10:00; closed Wednesdays and Sundays
Address: 4-11-3 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002
Website (Japanese only)|Google Maps

Misokatsu Yabaton

Ebi Furai with Miso Katsudon Yabaton
Ebi Furai with Miso Katsu in Yabaton

If you want to kill two birds with one stone, you can visit Misokatsu Yabaton. This is probably the most popular Miso Katsu restaurant in Nagoya, but it also serves delicious Ebi Furai and other fried dishes such as fried asparagus and Korokke (Japanese Croquettes).

If you cannot decide, order the set with a small Miso Katsu, Ebi Furai, and fried asparagus roll. You won’t regret it!

Misokatsu Yabaton has so many shops in and around Nagoya; chances are you will find one close by. The highest density of shops is around Nagoya Station and Sakae.

Misokatsu Yabaton – Esca Branch (みそかつ矢場とん名古屋駅エスカ店)
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Address: 6-9 Tsubakicho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0015 (Located in the Esca Underground Shopping Street
Website | Google Maps

If Ebi Furai Isn’t Enough to Quench Your Shrimp Addition, Nagoya Has Lots of Other Shrimp Options as Well

Lena eating Ebi Furai
Lena enjoying Ebi Furai

Ebi Furai is not the only shrimp specialty in Nagoya. Don’t forget to try some Tenmusu mini rice balls filled with a small shrimp Tempura. And as a souvenir from Nagoya, buy a pack of Ebi Senbei, shrimp rice crackers!

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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 2, 2021

Kiso River Cormorant Fishing in Inuyama: Experience 1300 Years of History

For over 1,300 years, local fishermen in Japan have used an unusual technique to catch river fish during the summer. Japanese cormorants called Ukai in Japanese are trained for up to three years by their owners to help them catch fish. Known as Ukai in Japanese, cormorant fishing is a unique traditional method that is rare today and mostly continued as both a tourist attraction and a way to keep old traditions alive. Inuyama is one of the best locations to enjoy watching this fantastic spectacle.

A Brief History of Cormorant Fishing 

Inuyama Ukai
Cormorant fishing night performance

The cormorant fishing technique was brought to Japan from China over 1,300 years ago. Fishers noticed that cormorant birds would catch fish and store them in their throats to bring up later to share with their family or for their own consumption. Thinking that they could help catch river fish like Ayu, fishermen began putting loose strings around the cormorants’ necks. They did it so that small fish were allowed to pass through for the cormorant to feed itself. But the line would trap larger fish in the cormorant’s throat, allowing them to be brought up later for the fisherman. 

Some of the earliest books on Japanese history include information on cormorant fishing. In the 8th and 9th centuries, cormorant fishing was not only a reliable method for fishermen to catch fish; it had also evolved into a popular pastime among the feudal and aristocratic lords. 

One of the most important feudal lords in Japanese history, Oda Nobunaga, supported the cormorant fishermen, granting some of them the title of Usho or “Master Cormorant Fisher“. This remarkable fact immensely helped the development of the fishing industry and the preservation of this form of fishing until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

During the Meiji Period, the system of government changed utterly, and the protective policy of the feudal lords came to an end. Cormorant fishing faced many difficulties. But several years later, in 1890, by order of the Imperial Family, the Emperor named the cormorant fishermen along the nearby Nagara River, Fishermen of the Imperial Agency, making them members of the Imperial Household. Since then, this title has been passed down from parents to children to this day.

From Tradition to a Tourist Attraction and a Living Museum Exhibit

Inuyama view
View of Inuyama castle and Kiso river

Currently, Ukai is preserved in only around 13 locations across Japan. With Inuyama Castle in the background, Inuyama is still one of the most scenic places to enjoy this small part of history. 

While cormorant fishing is sometimes done during the day, the best time to watch is in the evening. At nightfall, the Ukai boats go out with a fire basket hanging out over the boat’s bow to attract fish. One master fisherman and two assistants to help row and steer are located in the small wooden ship. 

Inuyama Ukai
Cormorant fisheman explaining about the cormorant abilities

The Usho (master fisherman) will bring 8-12 cormorants with them, each with one end of a rope tied loosely around their necks. The other end of the strings is loosely held in the Usho’s left hand. As the cormorants glide across the water, the ropes can become twisted, so the Usho uses their right hand to untangle the cords and make sure each cormorant can move freely. Extreme skill is required so that the ropes tied to the cormorants do not get tangled. 

Inuyama Ukai
A cormorant showing its wings to the public

The cormorants dive into the river as the glow of the fire attracts the fish. At that moment, the fisherman pulls the rope and quickly retrieves the fish from the bird’s throat. Each cormorant can hold approximately five or six fish in its mouth at the same time.

As the fishing boats move up and down the Kiso River, you can join in the hunt by boarding a sightseeing boat. Some plans even include dinner on board. You will be treated to a fantastic experience made even more special as you look up at Inuyama Castle towering on the hill beside the river.

Inuyama Ukai
Cormorants trying to catch Ayu fish

How to Access from Nagoya

You can take a Meitetsu Limited Express train or an Express train bound for Shin-Unuma station from Nagoya station. Get off the train at Inuyamayuen station, located one-stop after Inuyama station.

Once you arrive at Inuyamayuen station, exit the station and take the road to the right that parallels the train tracks. The road quickly turns right and crosses the train tracks. Follow the road for another minute or two, and you will reach the cormorant fishing office and dock.

Nagoya Castle and Meijo Park (名古屋城と名城公園)
Best Time: From the end of March to the beginning of April
Number of Sakura trees: 1,000 approx.
Light up: 18:00 – 20:00
Entry Fee: Adults 500 yen, children under 12 years free
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 16:30
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0031
Access: Take the Meijo subway line to the Shiyakusho station. Take exit 7 and it is a 5 minute walk.
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Daytime Ukai Tour (sightseeing only)
Availability: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between June 1st – October 15th
Start Time: 12:30
Cost: Adults – 3,000yen, Elementary Students – 1,500

Daytime Ukai Tour (sightseeing and lunch)
Availability: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between June 1st – October 15th
Start Time: 11:30
Cost: Adults – 5,000yen, Elementary Students – 3,600

Nighttime Ukai Tour (sightseeing only)
Availability: Every day (June – October)
Start Time: June – August 19:00, September and October 18:30
Cost: Adults – 3,000yen, Elementary Students – 1,500

Nighttime Ukai Tour (sightseeing and dinner)
(MUST be booked no later than three days in advance, and reservations are only taken for groups of 2 or more)
Availability: Every day (June – October)
Start Time: June – August 17:45, September and October 17:15
Cost: Adults – 3,000yen, Elementary Students – 1,500 (plus the cost of your chosen dinner which range from 2,500 – 7,000 per person) (drinks are separate)

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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jul 1, 2021

Top court: Rule on married surname constitutional

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that an article of the country’s civil code that says married couples must have the same surname does not violate the Constitution. (NHK)