No need to resolve the timeless dilemma when meal-time comes, as you can do both at the same time, and all in the comfort of your own home!
Is this the makings of a great meal in the great outdoors, or another one of Mr. Sato’s too-crazy-for-his-own-good schemes?
If you’ve ever experienced summer in Japan, you are familiar with the swampy hell-like conditions that force the entire country to be extremely creative with ways to stay cool. One of the most delicious ways to escape the temperature is to enjoy some summer Japanese treats like ice-cold somen noodles.
But why just eat your cold noodles in a little cup when you can grab them while they barrel down at high speeds down a bamboo slide? It’s called “nagashisomen” and a city in Hiroshima Prefecture recently woke up to discover a gigantic one constructed at a local temple. And rumor had it the noodle slide was built for an upcoming TV shot by the J-Pop superstar group Tokio.
Ever the popular food, the Japanese noodles nagashi somen (“flowing noodles”) are the perfect treat for those beleaguered by the summer heat. Unlike your typical ramen, udon, or soba noodles, you can’t get nagashi somen in any old restaurant. Using a special set-up, thin, white noodles are sent down a bamboo trough of fresh, ice-cold water. Customers then have to try to catch the noodles with their chopsticks before it quite literally passes them by. It’s both a fun and frustrating experience for hungry patrons.
So what does this have to do with cats?
Perhaps the 11th tip to keeping cool during the scorching Japanese summer is to enjoy a cool bowl of somen for dinner. Somen are thin noodles served chilled with various vegetables, sauces and other toppings.
However, if you want to add a little challenge to your somen experience, we’d recommend trying some nagashisomen. This involves the noodles zooming past you in cold water flowing along a bamboo half-pipe while you try to pluck them out with your chopsticks.
And if you really want a challenge you can try to catch one of the World Nagashisomen Association’s somen noodles. On 11 July they set out to break their previous Guinness World Record for fastest flowing somen noodle: 14.5 km/h.