The Birth Story of Akita’s Traditional Dish, Kiritanpo and the Warm Hospitality of Farmers’ Wives!

Regional: Odate

Kiritanpo is a traditional dish from Akita, a leading producer of rice nationally. A long time ago, the matagi, people who made their living from hunting in the mountains, cooked pounded rice and birds together in a pot. This is said to be the origin of kiritanpo. The dish has been handed down for generations as a meal for family gatherings and for guests. As “good old home cooking,” this dish is deeply rooted in the region.

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