A Pleasant Day in Shiga Prefecture!
By Anisa Padang Pelangi. Posted on February 19, 2016
Why Shiga Prefecture?
Shiga Prefecture is located near Kyoto and Nara, between Nagoya and Kyoto. The most popular site in Shiga is the biggest lake in Japan, called Lake Biwa (琵琶湖). But there are other interesting things to do besides visiting Lake Biwa. The city is very beautiful and clean, especially in autumn. They also have a great dish called Funazushi (鮒ずし). Funazushi is a fermented raw fish that taken from Lake Biwa. It takes 3-4 years to ferment the fish, and then they make it into a very luxurious food. This dish has become part of the local Shiga cuisine and is really popular. However, I am not going to talk more about it because I have never tried it. Even though I went to Shiga, I was unable to finish my search for raw fermented fish. I'm so sad about that.
However, in Shiga I got to experience nature and Japanese tradition! As you can see, many fish live in the city gutters. The city offers a very good environment for anyone who loves nature and colors. I bet you will have a great time taking pictures in this city. Bring your camera and click away at the autumn colors!
This is traditional street food made with fresh fish — very authentic and traditional. When you see it for the first time, you may think this is not going to be easy to eat. But if you try it, it is actually quite soft inside. It is roasted on an open fire like a barbecue, and then it is salted. I recommend eating it while it’s still hot. And try not think about the fish's face while you bite into his body.
There are many traditional restaurants around the downtown area. This is what a traditional lunch looks like in Shiga. There are udon (fat noodles), goma sauce, slices of meat, egg, vegetables, rice and hot water. How do we eat this? First, you boil your udon, then you dip it in whichever sauce you prefer, and then you eat it. It is the same with the vegetables and meat. Boil them and dip them in sauce to enjoy a healthy meal! It tastes good and fresh.
You can also try making pottery! Shiga is popular with pottery artists! You can make your own souvenirs and get them shipped to your address (only within Japan).
Do you want to try some new experiences? Come to Shiga Prefecture!
Anisa Padang PelangiAnisa Padang Pelangi has lived in Japan since 2 years ago. Now she is taking International Communication undergraduate course at Aichi University, Nagoya. She likes to travel and explore new things. One of her dream is become a journalist.
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