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Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour of Ueno Park, a spacious public park which occupies the site of the former Kan'ei-ji, ...
a temple closely associated with the Tokugawa shoguns.
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The 84-hectare park was owned by once wealthy land holder. In the 17th century, the Shoguns seized the area which became a public park only in 1878. Today, it’s a favorite picnic and excursion place of young and old alike.
There's a wide flight of steps running to Cherry Hill. The attraction of the Japanese to the cherry blossom is wildly known and if you go there in spring you'll understand why. Cherries themselves cannot be a favorite as in this country they never mature; however, this pink plant has inspired an unbelievable number of paintings, poems and songs. Vsevolod Ovchinnikov, a journalist from Pravda was driven to write The Flower of the Cherry Tree which is a good read for every visitor.
When speaking of Japanese gastronomy, everybody thinks of sushi, sukiyaki, tempura and teriyaki. It’s known similarly to the Chinese, the Japanese serve little bits of food in China dishes with chopsticks. It’s also known that they drink rice wine, Saki, before each meal.
Saki tastes similar to malt wine. After eating, they sip green tea. In Tokyo, there are thousand of restaurants. Of course, among the wide range of their American fast food restaurants, European restaurants considered exotic, street bake houses and luxury restaurants, but you can only encounter the real Japanese cuisine in small eateries and sushi bars.
On the streets with markets and bazaars, raw fish and stereos, silk kimonos and vegetables are sold next to each other. The sellers are less separated than in other eastern bazaars. Of course for an island, seafood plays a significant role. Almost everyone has heard about fugu fish that can only be processed by a specially trained chef since if its gallbladder is damaged its juice causes deadly poison. Despite this, Fugu is very popular.
Kaisaki isn't just dangerous because it is made of nicely arranged raw vegetables and served before a tea ceremony. Japanese and Chinese cuisine has a lot in common. Nevertheless, according to experts Japanese have not yet caught up with the Chinese in shear numbers. Still there are more and more Japanese restaurants opening all around the world.
Sukiyaki can be eaten really authentically with chopstick sitting at both tables on a straw mat called Tatamu. The shape of the wok is reminisced into the plow shear and its name comes from this resemblance. Strips of beef onions and vegetables are chopped and stir fried in melted butter and its stripping is flavored by soy sauce and Saki.
Sashimi contains fresh raw slices of fish with a vegetable garnish. Sonoma is cooked oyster while Damburi is a one-course dish with poultry eggs, vegetables and rice. Kabayaki is roasted real season with soy sauce and Suynamo is turtle soup. Tempura is shrimp, squid or fish which is dipper in butter, fried in hot oil and served with soy sauce, ginger and horseradish.
Maybe the most well known is sushi which is fish or crab rolled in capon rice and served cold. Various kinds are better served on rotating trays or conveyor belts in special sushi bars. Japanese cuisine has a good effect on health because of the vegetables, fish and other seafood mainly reducing cholesterol level, blood pressure, and reducing the risk of cancer.
The most popular dessert is ice cream and moki, a rice cake. The leading drinks are tea, Saki, and beer, and it's good to know that tap water can be drunk every where.
In Japanese restaurants, plastic food models show customers what is featured on the menu. In hotel restaurants, you can find international cuisine alongside Japanese. But you can eat the finest food small eateries.
The Ikebukuro district is a modern district situated in the northern part of the Pacific.