The Mochi culture of Japan and the eternal landscape of the Land of Gold
Regional：Ichinoseki - Hiraizumi / Iwate
The Japanese food culture featuring mochi (rice cakes) dates back 400 years to the Hansei period when the Date-han started offering mochi to the gods every month in prayer for peace and health. Nowadays, the practice of making and eating mochi on important days during life and at the end of seasons, including important family ceremonies and on New Year's Day, is still going on as “hare-no-shoku” which means Japanese celebratory cuisine. Even in Japan, Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi is one of the few rare areas where you can experience the traditional food rituals.
Local foods Mochi Honzen
“Mochi Honzen” (full-course mochi dinner) came from the samurai culture of showing respect for rituals. The ceremonial dinner adopted by Lord Masamune Date of Sendai Hanso is a dinner consisting of three soups and seven vegetable dishes, which is served for entertaining guests with the utmost hospitality at formal ceremonial gatherings such as family ceremonies. Please enjoy this traditional regional cuisine that has been continuing since the Edo period.
Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi mochi cuisine has evolved uniquely throughout history since the Hanso period, and there are now more than 300 recipes. You can enjoy a wide range of mochi dishes to suit your taste, including traditional regional mochi dishes such as anko (red bean), walnut and fusube (winter vegetable), as well as pizza mochi, mochi rolled cabbage, mochi spring rolls, and mochi parfaits.
There is more to see in Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi than just visiting the World Cultural Heritage sites, such as Chuson-ji Temple and Motsu-ji Temple. There are many sights that fascinate tourists, including Honederamura Manor Ruins, where the amazing rural scenery of yesteryear still exists today, Geibikei, a famously beautiful gorge with a range of cliffs at a height of approximately 100m which was selected as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan, and Genbikei, a river gorge designated as a natural monument with a dynamic scenery created by erosion from the river.
At Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi, you can enjoy unique “Mochi Honzen” experience and mochi-making experience along with mochi-making songs that have been handed down in the region since ancient times. At Tategamori Ark Farm and Honederamura Manor Ruins, there are many programs which you can get the most out of the local attractions, including various agricultural experiences while interacting with the local people.
Visit the World Cultural Heritage sites such as Chuson-ji Temple and Motsu-ji Temple first, and enjoy the agricultural experience and the rural scenery at Honederamura Manor Ruins, which used to be the manor house of Chuson-ji. After experiencing the hospitable cuisine of “Mochi Honzen,” take a boat downstream at the famously beautiful Geibikei, and enjoy a comforting stay at a traditional ancient home unique to this region. This will become an unforgettable memory.
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