Trip to Savor Mochi, a Traditional Good-Luck Food from the Edo Period: Ichinoseki and Hiraizumi

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Rice cake, or mochi, is an ancient but still popular Japanese food made of steamed sticky rice pounded in a large mortar into gruel. Sometimes, mochi forms a privileged relationship with local tradition. The Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi area in the Tohoku district is one such example. Here are some of the attractive features of rice cake dishes that are worth trying when you visit this area.

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World-Famous Gastronomy of Tsuruoka: Savoring Local Dishes with Local Ingredients

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In December 2014, the city of Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture was designated by UNESCO as the first Creative City of Gastronomy in Japan. Besides being one of the largest granaries in the country, Tsuruoka is blessed with a wide variety of seafood as it is located on the Japan Sea coast. This area continues to delight the palates of food connoisseurs across the globe. The rich ingredients available here lend themselves to various preparations including local, as well as Italian dishes with distinctive features. The following is a brief outline of Tsuruoka, a gastronomical paradise drawing worldwide acclaim.

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Savor Buckwheat-Rice Porridge, the Local Cuisine of Nishi-Awa, and Learn the History behind it

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If it is your first visit here, you will surely be amazed by the spectacular views of lush mountains with local houses and agricultural fields nestled peacefully on the steep mountainsides. This is Nishi-Awa, which is often called “the hidden place of Japan.” Let us explain the distinctive local cuisine of Nishi-Awa, buckwheat (soba in Japanese) rice porridge, which originated in this mountain village. This local specialty is considered to be closely connected with a historically significant event in Japan.

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The Finest Ayu Cuisine, using Fish from One of the Most Beautiful Clear Streams in Japan

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Have you ever heard of sweetfish, or ayu in Japanese, which is a very popular Japanese dish? Sweetfish is a delicious fish that you must try when visiting Japan, though there are few places remaining where you can eat it. Wild sweetfish is precious as it can thrive only in clean, clear streams. The Maze region in Gero is one such place where you can taste top-quality wild sweetfish. Would you like to enjoy rich Japanese food culture in Maze?

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Enjoy the luxury experience of raclette cheese made with moor hot-spring water poured over Tokachi-grown ingredients

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In Hokkaido, located at the northernmost tip of Japan, there is a unique local cheese made with hot-spring water. The name of the cheese is Tokachi Raclette Cheese Moor Wash, which is washed-rind cheese. Once you scrape off the bubbling, melted top layer of the raclette cheese onto fresh potatoes and other local vegetables, a delicious and luxury gourmet experience will amaze you! Let us explain the raclette cheese, which you must try when vising the Tokachi area.

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