Nagashi Sōmen, “flowing noodles,” is a summer favorite in Japan. Sōmen are very thin, white noodles made from wheat flour. They are usually served cold during the summer months.
In nagashi sōmen, the noodles are put in cold water flowing along a long bamboo chute. Diners position themselves along the bamboo with chopsticks in one hand and a cup of sauce in the other. As the sōmen come down the chute and pass by, you catch them with your chopsticks and then dip them in the cold sauce. The dipping sauce, tsuyu, is a fish based sauce and is flavored with chopped spring onions, ginger or wasabi.
Recently, nagashi sōmen machines are available so you can enjoy nagashi sōmen at a restaurant or even at home. However, eating them outdoors is best. One such place is the Yoshihara region of Kochi City. Nagashi Sōmen is served there on weekends in July and August. Why don’t you try this Japanese dining tradition this summer?
Dates: 12am - 3pm, 30 & 31 in July, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 in August
Place: Yoshihara, Kagami, Kochi City
Fee: 1200 yen for adult and children over 6 and 600 yen for children under 6
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