Catch Your Own Noodles


Next time you hoist a brew over the sad story of the one that got away, nobody is going to believe it was a NOODLE. But if you want to snag a tasty bite of nagashi sōmen, that’s just what might happen when you try to scoop the slippery little dudes up with your chopsticks as they float by. Learning to catch them is worth it, though, on the hot summer days that are just around the corner!


Cold sōmen noodles dipped in a savory broth flavored to your taste with wasabi and spring onions are the perfect way to beat the heat, and they taste even better after a morning of exploring the interior of the giant Daibutsu in Kamakura or doubling your money at the Zeni Arai Benten Shrine.

If you want to try nagashi sōmen at Chaya Kado the next time you visit Kamakura, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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