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Tours - Japan‘s Summer Food Experience
Do you feel the heat of Japan's hot summer months? We would like to offer some summer-exclusive cuisines to help you resolve the heat!

1. Somen
Somen is a white, wheat-based thin noodles. This traditional Japanese food is commonly eaten in summer. Somen is usually served with a light-favoured dipping sauce called 'Tsuyu'. Tsuyu is Katsuobushi-based sauce, mixed with onion or ginger.
Somen is definitely a great substitute of drinking a cold drink. Some restaurants offer nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles) in the summer. The noodles are placed in a long flume of bamboo across the length of the restaurant. As the sōmen pass by, diners catch noodles with their chopsticks and dip them in tsuyu.

2. Kakigori - Japanese shaved ice
The Japanese shaved ice dessert flavoured with syrup. Popular flavours include: strawberry, cherry, green tea, melon, grape, sweet plum. To sweeten the kakigori, condensed milk or evaporated milk is poured on top of the dessert beside the syrup.
There's nothing better than having Kakigori on a hot summer day. It is like you are going to have freshly fallen snow! Where to have it? Festivals, convenience stores, coffee shops and restaurants, or even in the street.

3. Unagi  - grilled freshwater eel
Unagi has a rich, fatty flavor that lends itself well to grilling. Unagi may be prepared in a variety of ways, but the most popular style is called kabayaki in which the unagi fillets are grilled and basted in a savory sweet sauce. Unagi is served year round; however, it is especially popular during the summer months due to properties thought to increase stamina and heat tolerance. Grilled unagi is almost always accompanied by a container of powdered sansho (Japanese pepper) which has a strong, astringent flavor that helps balance the fattiness of the eel. Despite being a bit expensive comparing to the above dishes, it still worth the try!

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