NAIST GSK hosts Nagashi-Soumen events on campus to celebrate the summer and enjoy being outside, for a change.
Nagashi-Soumen is a popular Japanese dish and summer activity, in which thin noodles flow down a stream of cold water in a length of bamboo and participants catch them with chopsticks. The noodles are then dipped in tsuyu, a light sauce, and devoured with pleasure. Endless fun for all ages!
Nagashi-Soumen is easy, as long as you have the materials. For this party, the materials came from the nearby bamboo forest, which also supplies the raw material for the local tea whisk artisans. Did you know that bamboo tea whisk production is a historical trade of the area, and over 90% of tea whisks produced in Japan come from the township of NAIST? Ridiculous, but true.
The soumen are cooked for just 2 minutes, then cooled off quickly and kept in ice water, until they ride down the bamboo, are caught with chopsticks and meet their fate in the mouth of a pleased attendant. Dropping the noodles on the floor is traditionally punished by short glances from your neighbors and silent judgment of your chopstick skills.
Would you like to inhale some tasty noodles from a bamboo stream? Then join us at the last Nagashi-Soumen event that is planned for September. Stay up to date on upcoming campus events here and at NAIST GSK.