The famous Japanese recipe of Dorayakis

The famous Japanese recipe of Dorayakis

Dorayakis, the most popular sweet in Japan

Currently, we can affirm that practically all countries consume Japanese food. Certainly, sushi and ramen are two very popular dishes in Japan and increasingly in other parts of the world. Even so, the most traditional dishes of Japanese culinary culture are still unknown. For this reason, we want to give you the famous Japanese recipe of Dorayakis.

Dorayaki is known worldwide for being Doraemon’s favourite sweet. It was invented in 1914 by the Usagiya pastry shop in Tokyo. Nowadays, the establishment is a place of pilgrimage for many fans of this cake.

The famous Dorayaki recipe

The Dorayaki consists of two circular biscuits filled with anko (candied red bean). Also, you can fill them with chestnut cream, jam, chocolate, fruit, etc. The recipe is very easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients for the dough

  • 2 eggs
  • 25 g of sugar
  • 80 ml of water
  • 150 g of flavour
  • 60 g of honey
  • 5 g of baking powder

Ingredients for the filling

  • 70 g of red beans
  • 5 g of glucose
  • 60 g of sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Procedure for the dough

First of all, you must take a large recipient. Then, you must pour the flour, sugar and eggs, and stir everything very well. When mixed, you have to add the yeast, water and honey.

Secondly, you must beat all the ingredients with a blender until you get a completely homogeneous mixture. The mixture should have a semi-liquid consistency.

After that, you should let the dough cool in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Next, heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Use a ladle to pour some dough into the pan and when bubbles start coming out, turn it over.

Finally, when the biscuits are cooked, you must stack them 2 in 2 and then fill them.

Procedure for the filling

Firstly, you must put the red bean soak for 12 hours. Then, you must put the beans to boil for 30 minutes and strain them.

Next, you must bring the beans back to a boil and incorporate the glucose and sugar. These should be cooked until you get a homogeneous paste.

Finally, you can put the filling between two biscuits and get a perfect Doriyaki!

We hope you will be encouraged to cook the famous Japanese recipe of Dorayakis with your family! Anyway, we recommend you come to Japan and taste the traditional dorayakis.

If you are organizing a trip to Japan, do not forget to apply for Japanese visa. This document will be mandatory for travelling to Japan in 2020.

Enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan!

Enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan

Japanese Christmas traditions

First of all, if you want to live a different and unique experience, we recommend you enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan. Certainly, Christmas day is not a holiday in Japan, due to the most important celebrations are the New Year’s Eve and the New Year. Anyway, you can live and enjoy the previous preparation days.

Christmas in Japan

Despite not celebrating Christmas day, the Japanese have adapted this celebration in their own way. You can enjoy this day in Tokyo, Kyoto and other places.

The most traditional way of representing Christmas is through lights and lighting assemblies. For example, there are important representations in Tokyo: the Omotesando Street in Harajuku; the Marunouchi area near Tokyo station; the Ginza neighborhood; etc. Also, you can find some Christmas markets to buy wine and hot chocolate.

As a curiosity, on Christmas day the Japanese usually eat at the KFC. Anyway, you can make a reservation in a restaurant and enjoy a romantic night.

The most typical Christmas candy in Japan is the Christmas cake, a cream cake with strawberries. If you are in Tokyo, you can buy this dessert in Daimaru Tokyo, Cozy Corner, Fujiya or Patisserie Coco Ange. On the other hand, if you are in Kyoto, you can buy this dessert in Lamartine, Qu’il Fait Bon, Daimaru Kyoto or Tous les Deux.

New Year’s Eve in Japan

The Japanese spend the last night of the year in a temple to hear the 108 Buddhist bells. This celebration is called “Joya no kane”.

On the one hand, the most important temples in Tokyo are: Azabusan Zenpukuji Temple, Zojoji Temple, Honsenji Temple, Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Zojoji Temple and Yoyogisan Unshoji Temple.

On the other hand, the most important temples in Kyoto are: Kiyomizudera Temple, Daikakuji Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Chionin Temple and Shinyodo Temple.

In addition, after welcoming the New Year, most citizens go to the sanctuary to make their first visit of the year. This is known as the hatsumode.

Also, one of the modern New Year traditions in Japan is to buy the bags of lucky fukubukuro.

In conclusion, we recommend you to enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan because it is a very good experience to meet other cultures.

If you finally decide to travel to Japan this Christmas, do not forget to apply for japanese visa. This transaction will be mandatory to travel to Japan in 2020.

New work visas in Japan

New work visas in Japan

How to work in Japan?

Japan has just opened new doors to foreigners interested in working in the country. The country estimates to receive up to 345,000 workers from other countries in the next five years.

We inform you that two new categories of work visas in Japan have been included during this April 2019. The visas aimed at accepting foreigners with knowledge or experience in the areas with the greatest lack of labor.

Certainly, it is no secret that the country faces difficulties in sustaining the economy, with the prospect of an increasingly aging population.

In addition, a Japanese Government survey indicates that the population should fall by 32.3% in 2060 and the workforce may suffer a 45.9% reduction, with a lower number of people of working age.

Also, concerns about meeting market demands and sustaining economic power led the country to loosen stringent laws to allow more foreigners to come to work in the country.

The new visas

The new visas are the “Special Technical Skills” (Tokutei Ginou / 特定 技能) category 1 and 2, being the first one aimed at workers with more basic knowledge or experience. Anyway, this category does not allow the arrival of relatives and has a maximum term of five years.

Also, for foreigners with extensive knowledge or experience in some of the proposed areas, the authorization to stay in category 2 has advantages. For instance, the withdrawal of the maximum period of stay in the country and the possibility of living with the family.

After that, the Brazilian community in Japan (200 thousand people) is formed mainly by descendants of Japanese immigrants and their spouses. They receive special visas, without work limitations and carry out their activities, mostly in factories.

Certainly, the difference between the new visas is that they are not only for descendants. Above all, any foreigner who has experience or training in the areas of greatest need for labor can now register to work in the country.

AREAS OF WORK:

1. Caregiver of Elderly
2. Cleaning of buildings
3. Agriculture
4. Fishery
5. Food production
6. Restaurant service
7. Raw materials industry
8. Manufacture of machinery
9. Manufacture of electronics
10. Construction
11. Mechanical
12. Boats and shipbuilding
13. Aviation (airports and aircraft maintenance)
14. Hotels

Of these areas, elderly care, agriculture, civil construction, and hospitality stand out as areas in which Japan suffers from a greater lack of manpower at present.

REGISTRATION

Firstly, to obtain the new visas, the candidate will be subjected to a skills test in the desired area and another basic knowledge of Japanese. Also, the candidate must sign the employment contract for special skills with the company interested in hiring.

Secondly, if you meet the requirements and pass the tests, the visa can be applied for at an Immigration Office in Japan. Foreigners with greater difficulties with the bureaucratic part can also hire the services of an agency specializing in visas, which will take care of the formalities.

7 reasons to fall in love with Japan’s cherry trees

7 reasons to fall in love with Japan's cherry trees

Cherry trees bloom

Every year the Japanese wait anxiously for their cherry blossoms. We inform you that the official month of flowering is during April, when the total flowering of cherry trees in the central region of Japan (Tokyo) occurs.

Next, we explain to you the 7 reasons to fall in love with Japanese cherry trees.

1. Announcing the end of winter

The cherry blossom marks the beginning of spring and the end of the cold season. From January, still in winter, they begin to bloom in the hottest region of Japan, in Okinawa and end in May, in full spring in the coldest part, in Hokkaido.

Suddenly, the days start to get longer and little by little the cold is losing strength. The gray landscape begins to gain color and movement in the blink of an eye.

2. National passion: cherry blossom

Prepare yourself to find a universe of flowers and everything you imagine related to the subject. At that time, cherry blossoms are present everywhere: in shops, on restaurant menus, in decoration, in houses, temples, and in the streets. They are sweets, drinks, porcelain, clothes, stationery and everything you can imagine with the cherry symbol.

Although the chrysanthemum is considered Japan’s official flower, the cherry blossom (Japanese for sakurah) is considered the country’s most popular national flower. It is present even in the most widely used coin, the 100 yen coin.

3. The year begins in April

From the once dry branches, ressure the flowers which in turn give rise to the leaves. It is the right time to think about the future, new desires and projects.

This time marks the beginning of the fiscal year, the school year and the calendar of harvests in the country.

4. The show will begin

As flowering depends on climatic conditions, you never know exactly the right time. Some trees are ahead, others are behind, but the big show begins when full flowering occurs. And when that’s about to happen, the cherry trees take over the news and the streets.

Using a methodology based on low temperatures during autumn and winter, the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) pronounces the dates when cherry trees begin to bloom and reach full bloom throughout the country.

Each year, the spectacle has been brought forward. Previously it was more common to happen in April. However, in recent years it has occurred in the last week of March.

5. Time to Celebrate

The tradition of celebrating dates back to the Heian period (794-1185). Many festivals take place at that time. The parks are packed with groups of employees, families and friends who often have picnics and celebrations under the cherry trees, both during the day and at night.

It’s also a great time to plan a walk. The pleasant climate and landscape contribute to this moment. The walk to Mount Fuji, the visit to a temple or the view of the castle becomes more exciting with the view of the cherry trees in the background.

The National Tourism Organization of Japan (JNTO) brings information about the most suitable places to contemplate them.

In Tokyo, one of the most visited places is the Shinjuku Garden, which was originally built for the imperial family. There are 65 types of cherry blossoms in about 1100 trees.

6. Symbols

Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801) portrays well the importance and representativeness of cherry trees for the Japanese.

It is no coincidence that since the 8th century the subject has continued to be widely celebrated and disseminated by artists.

The well-known kamikazes painted the flower on the plane and carried branches of trees on the mission.

For the samurai, who were willing to sacrifice themselves often, the flower was associated with their code: to live the present without fear, as their life could be as short as the cherry blossom.

7. Time of contemplation: hanami

There are nine basic species and more than 600 varieties of cherry trees. Cherry blossoms have pink, white, yellow or green tones that may vary during flowering. Difficult to describe the sensation when contemplating them, for that there is even a term in Japanese: hanami, which means contemplation of flowers.

Between flowering and falling petals, the flower does not last more than 7 days. It seems like a lot, but that only means a weekend. And the show, like at the beginning, is surprisingly beautiful until the end. The show ends when the flower petals, with the help of the wind, invade the streets, the lakes, creating a unique stage.

Finally, If you identify yourself with the Japanese culture and want to live an unforgettable experience, do not hesitate to visit Japan during the spring.

Tokyo, the safest city in the world!

Tokyo, the safest city in the world!

We would like to inform you that The Economist affirm that Tokyo is the safest city in the world. They have decided to publish this report due to they have measured digital security, health and personal, as well as the quality of infrastructure in different cities around the world.

Next, we will explain to you more about this study.

Why is Tokyo the safest city?

The Japanese capital is the first safest city in the world since 2015. This is mainly to its low crime rate. In fact, there have been no terrorist attacks.

However, respect personal security, Tokyo drops to fourth place. It is because is one of the areas most exposed to major earthquakes. Fortunately, in recent years it has developed really good infrastructures and action plans.

Tourism in Tokyo

It is necessary to talk about the part of its charm lies in the contrast between modern, busy neighborhoods and the century-old temples, such as Meiji in Shibuya. In this neighborhood, you can visit the statue of Hachiko or go shopping in its malls.

Other tourist possibilities in Tokyo are to taste the delicious sushi in some establishment of the market of Tsukiji or to accede to the interior of the temple Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple of the city.

Certainly, one of the most unique visits you can make in Tokyo is to stroll through the Akihabara neighborhood, which is full of comic shops and electronics centres.

Another option is to visit its museums. The Tokyo National Museum is the largest and oldest in Japan. And in the Museum of Science and Innovation, you will be able to experience the latest scientific news.

In conclusion, we recommend you to visit without fear Japan and feel you safe during your stay.