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Japan from the rainy season and during the summer period, department
stores and the like sell certain goods known as “Oshare Steteco”
and they are gaining in popularity.
are a type of underwear that allow for breathability, they come down
below the knees, and are worn under trousers. They are an excellent
product that can be used all year; worn in summer to help soak up
sweat, and in winter for protection against the cold. They are
usually worn by middle-aged men, so the standard product's image is
a few years back 'Oshare Steteco' (oshare means fashionable) came out
and they were Steteco made with a high sense of fashion, and they
overturned the image that “Steteco are white underwear for
large variations in color and design of these 'Oshare Steteco' makes
them really convenient, you can use them as homewear to relax in or
even wear them out when, for example, you have to make a quick errand
to buy something at the nearby convenience store. Recently there are
even some “How to wear Oshare Steteco” seminars being held in
you're looking to buy a, slightly unusual souvenir from Japan, how
about a pair of Oshare Steteco ?
Yesterday, there was an annual Nagashi Soumen (washed down noodles) event held at a nearby shrine, so I went there with my daughter.
Bamboo poles are cut into half and joined together like a playground slide , and in these Soumen (thin white noodles) is washed down and we eat it, so it is called “Nagashi Soumen”. Since the Soumen is being washed down the poles with water it looks refreshingly cool. It's really fun, like a game, because you have to scoop up the noodles as they come splashing down with chopsticks. Eating , while listening to the excited buzz of children's voices screaming,“I got some !” “I didn't get any!” is also part of the fun.
Do you have some interesting ways to eat food in your country like this Nagashi Soumen way ? Please let me know if you do. You can add comments in Japanese or English below.