Popular since the early 8th century and often referred to as the Japanese take on the Chinese favourite […]
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Tanabata is an important Japanese festival held on the 7th day of the 7th month and represents the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, the names of two stars (Vega & Altair) portrayed as lovers who only have a chance to meet once a year.
As with many Japanese festivals, there are lots of traditional customs for Tanabata. The most popular is the custom of writing one’s wishes onto a small strip of paper and then hanging them on a piece of bamboo. The bamboo is then set afloat down a river so that the wishes can be taken away and hopefully come true.
Of course, like other Japanese festivals, tanabata is a great way to celebrate with friends and family and eat some popular Japanese festival foods. During Japanese festivals, the streets are alive with small stalls selling everything from dango mochi balls to takoyaki octopus balls and all number of snacks in between! We know that not everyone can be in Japan during the tanabata festival so instead, Japan Centre has four of the top Japanese festival foods to introduce to you along with some easy to follow recipes so you can make these great tasting dishes at home.
Yakisoba is a fried noodle dish that originated in China and is similar to Chow Mein. Even though soba is part of the word yakisoba, it is not made using soba (buckwheat) noodles, but instead made with wheat or egg noodles. It is a hugely popular dish at Japanese festivals and events, but can also be one of the easiest ways to enjoy Japanese food at home.
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