NIEF OUTDOOR SPORTS FESTIVAL 2017

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With the arrival of summer comes the Niigata City International Exchange Foundation’s annual Outdoor Sports Festival! Come enjoy a day of team sports and good times by the beach. There will be plenty of time to play, eat, or just stand around talking. Teachers from local clubs will be present to provide instruction for Beach Volleyball and Capoeira.

(Picture: Outdoor Festival 2016 写真:アウトドア・フェスティバル2016) (more…)

SAKE NO JIN 2017

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The sake cup in the picture may look pretty shallow, but for two very special days in March, it’s as deep as the sea. That’s right, Sake no Jin is back, and on March 11th and 12th (Sat & Sun) anyone with an official cup can drown themselves in unlimited samples from nearly all 90 of Niigata’s sake breweries. Sake no Jin is the ultimate sake lover’s event, and busloads of sake drinkers come from around the nation to drink their fill.
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Renta-cycle

Niigata City has a super easy to use renta-cycle system that is definitely worth a try!KIMG0794.JPG

 

Regretfully, all of the information about this system can only be found in Japanese here (until this post! ) so I will try to explain the system in such a way that it makes sense but you will need at least basic Japanese- better yet bring a friend who can speak/read Japanese if you can’t (useful Japanese phrases can be found throughout this post)

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Look for the above lettering!

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Hiyashi Chuka 冷やし中華

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As the weather warms up, I have already started seeing restaurants post their summer menu items and, more often than not, at the top of the list is this noodle dish. Served chilled, kind of like a salad, this is a refreshing and easy to make summer dish!

The common themes with the recipes I found are it is served chilled, the toppings are in strips, the toppings are in a range of colors (red, green, yellow, etc). So not pay too much attention to the amounts and the specific ingredients (especially the toppings, just keep it colorful)! This is a highly customizable recipe so have fun with it! (more…)