Deep Japan Summer Theme

Deep Japan has been gathering a wealth of valuable information from our Senpais. This week, to finish off a hot and humid summer as we move into the cooler (but still warm!) autumn season, everyone’s favortie: Food!

We had some great posts for recommendations on what to eat!

What “power food” do Japanese people eat to help survive a hot and humid summer?

Summer power food in Japan – believe it or not, curry!

Although I still haven’t quite got used to the concept, many Japanese people love to eat spicy curry when it’s very hot and humid.

My mother-in-law says that it’s because it helps to increase your appetite. Curry is hot and spicy, so it is easier to eat, and somehow makes you end up feeling better.

So in my experience, a lot of my tennis friends will want to get curry after a match when the heat was oppressive. So don’t be surprised when people suggest curry on a scorcher of a day. Better yet, you might be the one to suggest it to your friends!

a popular Japanese meal during summer, as the spiciness is great for energy


Did someone say unagi!

When I first came to Japan, I didn’t expect the summers to be as long and as torturous as they are. Hot temperatures both highs and lows, day after day and month after month. Knowing the right drinks for a hot and sticky summer night is easy: beer! Food on the other hand is more difficult.

But if you talk to most Japanese people, the common answer is unagi, or freshwater Japanese eels. Unagi is commonly eaten in the summers and is said to give you strength and stamina to endure the long hot summer as it is rich in protein, calcium and vitamin A. There is even a special day in late July to eat unagi called Doyo Ushi No Hi.

In recent years the price of unagi has been on the increase. But if you do get the chance while in Japan, try an unagi rice bowl or unagi sushi. The unagi is usually covered in a sweet reddish-brown sauce that tastes great.

So, if you want to beat the heat in Japan in summer, try some very tasty unagi!

unagi, a typical Japanese power food for the summer season

More to come for summer, and soon to be fall at Deep Japan