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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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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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