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Aichi Prefecture Nagoya


Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture (愛知県 , Aichi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tokai region of the Chūbu region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.

Originally, the region was divided into the three provinces of Owari, Mikawa and Ho. After the Nou-sama era, Mikawa and Ho were united into a single entity. In 1871, after the abolition of the han system, Owari, with the exception of the Chita Peninsula, was institutionalized as Nagoya Prefecture, while Mikawa combined with the Chita Peninsula and formed Nukata Prefecture. Nagoya Prefecture was renamed to Aichi Prefecture in April 1872, and was united with Nukata Prefecture on November 27 of the same year.

The highest spot is Chausuyama at 1415 m above sea level.
The people of Aichi are described as being earnest, austere and rational.

Aichi's industrial output is higher than any other prefecture in Japan: the prefecture is known as the center of Japan's automotive and aerospace industries.
The Nobi-plain is famous for rice planting, with the rivers Nagara, Kiso and Ibi. Fish and seafood come from Ise and Mikawa Bay.
Largest output of aquafarmed eel is from Aichi, second is Kagoshima. Especially in Mikawa, Isshiki 三河一色, with 30 % of the Japanese eel production.
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Nagoya Castle (名古屋城, Nagoya-joo)
Imagawa Ujichika built the original castle at Nagoya around 1525. Oda Nobuhide took it from Imagawa Ujitoyo in 1532, but later abandoned it.

In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the various daimyo to help with the building of a new castle on the site. This new castle was to become the new capital of the existing Owari Province. The source for many of the building materials for the new castle was from the smaller Kiyosu Castle, including Kiyosu castle's tenshu, which was located in the existing provincial capital of Kiyosu. Nagoya castle's reconstruction was completed in 1612.
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Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館) Tokugawa Bijutsukan
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Yanagibashi chuuoo ichiba 柳橋中央市場
Yanagibashi Central Market
Most shops there sell local produce, like fish from the nearby sea and chicken from the area.
Best are mirugai みるがい【海松貝】trough shell, hiragai ひら貝, torigai とりがい【鳥貝】Japanese cockle and kochi こち【鯒】 flathead fish .
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at the market there is a store for

mukimono むきもの (剥き物)(野菜の飾り切り)
decorative garnishing with vegetables. Eggplants, carrots and radish are used, also fruit. Popular since the early Edo period.
Vegetables are cut to artistic figures to serve as table decorations, especially for festivities. They used to be made by many cooks themselves, but this art is almost lost and there is even a shop that specializes in them. Within five minutes the "vegetable artist" cuts a crane out of a big radish !
Some say to comment on these beautiful garnishes makes for an easy start of a serious business lunch or dinner ...
Special knives are used.
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Suzukame 鈴亀, the present owner is in the third generation.
Look here at the Gallery of Suzukame shop

Mukimono - The Art of Japanese Fruit and Vegetable Carving
Book by Bob and Yukiko Haydock


More dishes from Aichi 愛知郷土料理
Most are simple and have a high nutritional value. Ideas from North and South of Japan often meet here and make room for new inovational dishes.

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arame 荒布 sea oak
Eisenia bicyclis Setchell

arame to rakkasei no nimono アラメと落花生の煮物
arame is a seaweed of the kombu family from the pacific coasts, rather thick and tasty. Peanuts are watered for one night before boiling, with sugar and soy sauce.

aramemaki, arame maki アラメ巻き/ Arame roll
for the New Year. wrapped around haze fish. ARAME is thought of like a futon bed and you eat this dish with the wish of being happy and warm all year round.
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asari, yaki oo-asari 焼き大あさり fried big littlenack clams
Ruditapes philippinarum
Japanische Teppichmuschel

atsumidori あつみ鳥
local chicken from Atsumi peninsula
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bora zoosui ボラ雑炊 rice gruel with bora springer
striped black mullet, Mugil cephalus
It used to be prepared in each home with a different taste and brought for town meetings and festivals.
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dentoo yasai 伝統野菜リスト一覧 traditional vegetables

furofuki daikon ふろふき大根 boiled radish
with a bit of red hatchoo miso on top

hebomeshi へぼ飯 rice with black wasps

hitsu mabushi, hitsumabushi ひつまぶし
eel on rice mixed in a bowl
a kind of unagi don, cut barbecued eel on rice with sweet soy sauce in a bowl, when everything is mixed in this bowl called HITSU 櫃. Bits of yakumi spices are added and the rest s eaten as ochazuke with rice. So you can enjoy the dish with three different flavors.
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kishimen きしめん / きし麺 / 棊子麺 kishimen noodles
broad wheat noodles, made from wheat, salt and water.

When Tokugawa Ieyasu had the castle of Nagoya build, he ordered food for the workers to be prepared fast, so a kind of thin but broad noodles were invented that could be cooked faster to feed the many workers. With their wide surface, the noodles could take up a lot of flavored soup to make a delicious meal for the hungry.

The name has three possible origins.

kishuumen, noodles from Kishuu, the neighboring province.
kijimen, noodles with kiji, pheasant meat. This was a favorite food of the Tokugawa daimyo, who once ordered OKAWARI, one more dish, and the cook had no more meat, putting a piece of abura-age on the noodles instead.
kishimen, like KISHI, the small stones for the GO-game, since in the beginning the noodles were not long bit just like dumplings.

CLICK for more miya kishimen PHOTOS They are also served at the shop "Miya Kishimen 宮きしめん" at the shrine Atsuta jinguu 熱田神宮(あつたじんぐう).
In dashi broth with light soy sauce with deep fried tofu (abura-age), chicken meat, seasonal vegetables and hana katsuobushi.

Also eaten as miso nikomi 生きしめん味噌煮込み
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cold as zaru kishimen ザルきしめん
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Flat noodles of this type are called "himo katsuo" in Kanto.
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Bandnudeln, flache Nudeln

. Shrine Atsuta Jingu 熱田神宮 .

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The flat thin noodles from regional wheat of Imokawa 芋川 are alreday mentioned in old travel books, as
Imokawa udon 芋川うどん or Imokawa soba 芋川そば.
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The soup was prepared with pheasant meat (kiji), because pheasants were abundant in this area.

The name himokawa derived from them.
himokawa udon ひもかわうどん broad udon noodles


kashiwa no mizutaki かしわの水炊き
chicken and vegetables cooked in a pot at the table and eaten after being dipped in a sauce
bijin nabe 美人鍋 hodgepodge for a beautiful lady

Nagoya Koochin, コーチン Nagoya Cochin, Nagoya Kochin, the local chicken
名古屋コーチン鍋 hodgepodge with Nagoya chicken, since the Meiji restauration
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konowata このわた dried roe of fish


Macha green powder tea from Nishio 抹茶(まっちゃ)/ 西尾茶 (にしおちゃ)

Mikawa buta みかわ豚 pork from Mikawa
mikawa pooku 三河ポーク Mikawa pork
buta soba 豚そば Chinese noodles with pork
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MISO 味噌 miso paste

hachoo miso, hatchoo miso 八丁味噌 from the Mikawa region. Haccho Miso
hacho, hatcho miso paste
This is made by steaming the beans to keep the nutritions high.
It keeps well and can be used for a long time. Samurai took it with them to battle. It is dark and rather firm, made purely from soybeans, kooji and water, with NO other ingredients.
It was first made in Ozaki and the distance to Osaka was eight choo, hatchoo. One choo 丁 is about 108 meters. Ozaki has rich resources of good water suited for miso.
There is a miso museum in Okazaki, with the Kakukyu Family
Location: 69 Aza Okandori, Hatcho-cho, Okazaki
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Dengaku 田楽 dance and food
Miso Dengaku Dengaku ... 田楽 (でんがく) and tsukemono

akadashi miso, tamari miso, all made with hatcho miso.

misodon, mido-don みそ丼 rice and cutlet with miso sauce
from the shop DARUMA だるまのみそ丼
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miso katsu みそかつ miso with pork cutlet
The sauce is made from miso paste, sugar and some bonito dashi.
The meat is deep-fried with batter, and a lot of shredded cabbage is added
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miso nikomi udon 味噌煮込みうどん udon noodles in miso broth
The dashi is made from katsuobushi and red miso (mame miso, aka miso 豆味噌(赤みそ). The noodles are made from wheat flour and water only and are rather firm. Chicken meat (kashiwa), abura-age tofu, egg, leek and kamaboko fish paste are boiled slowly in an earthen pot. All ingredients are highly nutritient and healthy. Aichi is the birth place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and produces the famous hatcho miso

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Waraji miso katsu わらじ味噌カツ Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl
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misooden, miso oden 味噌おでん oden with miso paste

The ingredients cooked in oden broth are served on a plate, covered with a thick sauce of sweetened hatcho miso paste
or the oden broth is thickened with hatcho miso, sugar and ricewine to start with.
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moroko no oshizushi モロコの押寿司 pressed sushi from moroko carp
Gnathopogon elongatus, kind of carp
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namazu no kabayaki 鯰(なまず)の蒲焼
broiled catfish (Silurus asotus)

nameshi なめし rice with leaves of daikon radish

naporitan ナポリタン spagetti, Napolitan
This dish is usually called itarian supagetti.
In Nagoya, it is prepared in a frypan, then placed on a hot castiron plate and surrounded with two eggs, so the food keeps hot whilst eaten.
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Ogura toosuto おぐらトーストOgura-Toast
In memory of Mount Ogura and the red cherry blossoms.
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ogura-an おぐら餡 red bean paste
Ogura-Toast mit süßem Bohnenmus

rakkasei no nimame 落花生の煮豆 boiled peanuts
They are soaked in water over night, then carrots, gobo, konnyaku are simmered together.
peanuts from Hekinan 碧南市
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renkon no ni-ae れんこんの煮和え simmered lotus root salad
with radish, carrots, abura-age. simmered until all liquid is gone.

senji せんじ grated ice with sugar and whipped cream

shiroshooyu "white soysauce" thin soysauce, prepared from wheat
helle Sojasauce

Taiwan raamen 台湾ラーメン Taiwan Ramen Soup
One bowl of ramen noodle soup topped with minced meat flavored with red pepper and miso paste.
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tebasaki 手羽先 chicken wings
... kara-age 手羽先唐揚げ seasoned deep-fried chicken wings
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tenmusu 天むす rice balls with tempura

tonteki とんてき / トンテキ pork steak with garlic sauce
“Ton”= pork and “Teki” = steak. First prepared at the restaurang Rairaiken
Yokkaichi 四日市 

. Tora Dooji 寅童子 Tora Doji Tonkatsu cutlet .

. Toyokawa Inarizushi 豊川いなり寿司
Toyokawa Inari Sushi Festa and more specialities

. Tsukimi Dango 月見団子 Dumplings for Moon Viewing  

uiro ういろ, uiroo ういろう kind of jelly sweet
It comes in various colors, mostly green (powder tea), pink (red beans), brown (brown sugar) and white.
Made from rice flour, starch and brown sugar, which are made into squares and steamed.
uiro mochi 外郎餅
It has a history of about 600 years, when a Chinese cook and medical man came to the area to make medicine. His decendants kept making sweets called uiro.
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Süßigkeit aus Reismehl und braunem Zucker

UIROO 外郎 was also made in Odawara during the Edo period, as a round medicine. Brought by Reihoo 礼部(れいほう) 員外郎(いんがいろう In Gairoo) 陳宗敬. His descendants made it in Hakata.

Uiro sellers from Odawara
Uiro sellers in Odawara. Katsushika Hokusai, 1804

From a Kabuki Play called "Uiro Sellers" 外郎売り, selling the medicine TOOCHINKOO (Tochinko) 透頂香(とうちんこう).
It is supposed to be good for bad breath and infected wounds.

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外郎売 (ういろううり)の科白
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uzura no tamago うずらの卵 quail eggs
eaten to many dishes, for example cold soba buckwheat noodles. In some restaurants, a speial pair of scissors is added to cut the egg yourself.
During WWII, all the Japanese quail were killed. After the war, a farmer from Toyohashi, Suzuki Tsuneji すずき つねじ, went to Tokyo, where miraculously a pair of quails had survives as pets. He started a new breed in his hometown, where quail breeding is now the highest in Japan. His family is still producing quail eggs. Tsuneji used the quail eggs to feed the small children some nutrition right after the war.
Toyohashi Town. 豊橋地域

waga no kara-age わがの唐揚げ deep fried waga fish
waga is a local dialect for yume kasago ユメカサゴ / 夢笠子
hilgendorf saucord、Helicolenus hilgendorfi
kasago is Skorpionfisch
This fish is also eaten as sashimi or simmered.
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yubeshi ゆべし jelly with yuzu and walnuts

Worldwide use

Things found on the way


. Basho and Mount Ogura

Related words

***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

. Folk Toys from #Aichi .





Gifu prefecture



***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Topic
***** Category: Humanity


Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県, Gifu-ken) is a prefecture located in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu. Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."

The land area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567.
The first character 岐阜 used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.
Historically, the prefecture served as the center of swordmaking in all of Japan, with Seki being known for making the best swords in Japan.

The northern Hida region is dominated by tall mountains, including parts of the Japanese Alps. The southern Mino region is mostly made up of parts of the fertile Nōbi Plain, a vast plains area with arable soil.

The Mino region has long been known for its high-quality paper called Mino washi, which is stronger and thinner than most other papers in Japan.

Shirakawa and Takayama 白河 高山.
Gifu is famous for cormorant fishing, which has a history of over 1,300 years.
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Maze Village 馬瀬村
famous for its clear river water, supported by a broad-leaf forest.
mori ga sakana o sodatsu, the forest helps grow good fish.
uotsukirin 魚付林(うおつきりん) a forest needed for providing food for the fish

the ayu sweetfish are the best of all Japan. Also called fragrant fish, koogyo 香魚.
ajime dojoo 味女泥鰌 (あじめどじょう) loach are often caught with bamboo contraptions placed in little fjords in the river.

ayu no misoyaki, grilled ayu with miso paste
ayu no shioyaki 鮎の塩焼 grilled with salt

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In Maze, tradigional small waterways run through the village to provide fresh water to each home. There is a basin to wash the vegetables and food, and beside this, another basin to keep some fish who feed on the leftovers from washing food. The fish in turn end up on the dinner table.

Maze is situated in the southern part of Hida area , Gifu Prefecture, close to renowned resorts like Gero (one of the top 3 spas in Japan), Takayama (little Kyoto), and Shirakawa-go (UNESCO world heritage site of traditionally straw-thatched roof houses).

CLICK for more photos Maze (population 1,500) is a mountain village, at 500m high, long 25km from North to South, and wide 4km East to West. Our particularity is the Maze river, famous for Ayu (sweetfish unique in East Asia) and other stream fish. They are the kinds of fish you can find only in clear mountain waters.Plecoglossus altivelis.

Mountains surrounding the Maze river need to be in good shape for fishing. We have luckily kept away from rapid industrialization that changed the whole landscape in other parts of Japan.
Thus, old, wooden houses remain as before. For example, small shrines closely related to each hamlet, to which city dwellers pay little attention, are still well maintained, and play important roles in villagers' daily life. Work on the fields does not start before sunrise, and finishes before sunset. Late autumn harvests stay below the snow cover, a natural refregirator for vegetables. Local fishermen are on the river at 5am, and can start working in offices at 8am.

* Miki-no-Yu outdoor bath next to the river in a natural setting.
* Fishing center which is an information center for fishing, you can rent fishing equipement, get info on fishing, enjoy a BBQ, let your children catch mountain trout by"hand", and have your first experience of the sweetfish fishing, using an Ayu as a live decoy (duing July thru August, you can come empty hands to experience this traditional fishing method).
* Restaurants preparing "Slow Food", contrary to what you have in cities, with selected local ingredients.
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Japan singles out five tourism promotion areas
with unique farming and food features:
Tokachi in Hokkaido,
Hiraizumi near Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture,
Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture,
Nishi-Awa in Tokushima Prefecture
Maze in Gifu Prefecture
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Shirakawa  白河郷 / 白川郷
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Village and World Heritage Area
They grow a lot of soba buckwheat.

Hagimachi 萩町
At the local shrine Hachimangu, there is a festival where doburoku ricewine is served to more than 5000 visitors.
どぶろく祭, 白川八幡神社
A special lion dance is performed with four people inside the "centipede lion" "mukadejishi" 百足獅子 and two leading the lion and fighting with him.
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14th - 19th Oct. Doburoku Matsuri
People pray to the mountain god for safety and a good harvest and offer doburoku(unrefined sake) to the shrine to express their gratitude. While private alcoholic beverage production is banned in Japan, people in Shirakawa are given special permission to produce doburoku for a limited quantity for this festival. Doburoku looks like rice porridge. It is thick and slightly sweet. Doburoku first offered to the shrine later entertains people gathered in the precincts. People there dance, perform niwaka(improvised buffoonery), sing songs and so on. The Doburoku Matsuri Festival is the biggest among the festivities for the villagers.
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doburoku, trüber Sake


Local dishes from Gifu 岐阜の郷土料理

akakabu no tsukemono 赤かぶの漬物 pickles from red turnips
from Hida Takayama, made from special round turnips of the area 八賀カブ, Hida no akakabu 飛騨紅かぶ in the village 丹生川村. In 1918 the turnips turned red.
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CLICK for more photos ayugashi, ayu kashi 鮎菓子, 鮎がし, あゆ菓子 "sweetfish cakes"
made from castella dough in the shape of sweetfish, remembering the cormorant fishing with these fish along the Naragawa river.
Also as senbei or arare.

ayu no shioyaki 鮎の塩焼 grilled sweetfish with salt
ayu ryoori 鮎料理(雑炊) various sweetfish dishes, including zooni
ayu are a speciality in the rivers Kisogawa, Nagaragawa and others.

WKD : Cormorant fishing (ukai) in Gifu


bijomochi, bijo mochi 美女もち. 美女餅 "pretty woman" mochi
From Hida Asahi 飛騨あさひ
uruchi rice is kneaded into sticks. They can be fried or grilled or simmered.
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dangojiru だんご汁 dumpling soup
made from sato-imo taro. Made for moonviewing imo meigetsu in autumn. The dumplings are first offered to the Moon.
7 parts wheat flour and 3 parts rice flour were mixed for the dumplings. Vegetables were boiled in the miso soup. The soup was then eaten first to make you feel less hungry. Normal cooked rice was served later.

dobujiru どぶ汁(スリタテ汁)mashed beans soup
mashed beans (before making tofu) were boiled in hot water. Then flavored with soy sauce.
This looks white like doburoku, new ricewine.
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Enku 円空 <> Master Carver Enku san

In memory of this famous carver, who spent some time in the Mino area.

Enkuu kurokke 円空コロッケ croquettes "Enku"
En-chan boo 円ちゃん棒 Sticks "Enku"

made from the local rice Minonishiki みのにしきand local taro potatoes Enkuu sato-imo 円空さといも

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Two sticks make one portion.


Fuyuu gaki, Fuyuu kaki 富有柿 persimmons from Fuyu town

Goheimochi 五平餅
also from Nagano

hachiyagaki, hachiya kaki 蜂屋柿 persimmons from Mino region
"as sweet as honey" (hachimitsu)

hebo gohei へぼ五平 gohei mochi with wasps
Japanese yellowjacket, Vespula flaviceps
hebo ヘボ is a local name for the larvae of a kind of large black wasps, kuro suzumebachi クロスズメバチ. They are mashed and mixed under the gohei dough. They have a good flavor.
The wild wasps are lured with meat and a thin whiff of cotton. When they carry the lure home to their nest in the woods, the "hunter" follows and takes out the nest.
Others keep the wasps in special wooden hives near their home. Once a year there is even a contest for the heaviest hive of wild wasps.

When a hive is opened, the larvae are picked out of the nest with pincettes and then cooked with soy sauce and sugar, like a tsukudani.

... hebo meshi へぼ飯 rice cooked with wasps
from Tajimi Town 多治見市

WASHOKU : Insects as Food (konchuu ryoori)


Hida Takayama Specialities

chuuka soba, Chinese noodle soup
Hida gyuu, Beef from Hida
Hida soba, buckwheatnoodles
kooreichi yasai ... vegetables from cold areas, the temperature difference from day and night is high and produces a good taste. große tägliche Temperaturvariation
miso and hooba miso
mitarashi dango, Süße Klöße (Knödel aus Reismehlteig)
sake, with a history of more than 300 years
tsukemono, Eingelegtes Gemüse (Japanische Essiggemüse)
... red beet and wild mountain vegetables are pickled

yomogi udon よもぎうどん / ヨモギうどん mugwort noodles, green with ground yomogi
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hiruganian howaito ヒルガニアンホワイト camembert
Hiruganian White from Jersey cows
kanmanbeeru chiizu カマンベールチーズ camembert cheese
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hooba miso, Hoba Miso ほうばみそ miso paste served on a hooba leaf
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Speciality from the Hida Takayama area 飛騨高山, where a lot of food is prepared with the large leaves of the hooba magnolia. Each home prepares its own version of miso, with leek, shiitake, ginger and sesame, served on a washed leave of hooba. The leave is grilled over charcoals.
Hooba is said to be antibacterial so it is good to perserve food in summer.
There is also
hoobazushi 朴葉寿司 with Nagara Masu fish and
hoobamochi 朴葉もち in Gifu.
朴葉(ほうば) weißgraue Magnolie, Magnolia obovata
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Besondere Misopaste aus Gifu, auf einem Hoba-Magnolienblatt serviert

Ibigawa kenton sooseeji いびがわけんとんソーセージ
River Ibigawa 揖斐川

Ibuka shigure 伊深しぐれ simmered gluten of wheat
Vegetarian dish. Simmered hot and sweet.
shigureni shigure-ni 時雨煮 is usually made from hamaguri clams or white chicken breast with ginger. A kind of tsukudani.
Ibuka is famous for its old castle 伊深城.

iburidoofu, iburi doofu いぶり豆腐 smoked tofu 燻り豆腐
岐阜県郡上市大和町栗巣1670 .
toofu no kunsei 豆腐の燻製 smoked tofu

imokyamochi, imokya mochi いもきゃもち mochi from potatoes
From 高山市高根町日和田地域.
Boiled potatoes are mixed with buckwheat flour and simmered at low heat. They area very fragrant.
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imomochi いももち mochi with grated taro roots
To make them tasteful, they are covered with negimiso ネギ味噌 miso with leek or shooga shooyu 生姜しょうゆ soy sauce.
From the Kashimo 加子母 area.
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inago no tsukudani いなごの佃煮 simmered grashoppers


kanten ryoori 寒天料理 agar-agar dishes
From Yamaoka Town 恵那市山岡町
Made since the beginning of the Showa period in winter, because the area is very cold but does not have much snow.
天然細寒天 is used to prepare kaiseki dishes.
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karasumi wagashi からすみ(和菓子) sweets
Eastern Mino Region 東美濃地方
Made from rice flour and sugar. Often for the Boy's festival in May.
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keichan けいちゃん / 鶏ちゃん chicken dishes
keichan is a kind word for chicken. The meat was pickled in miso and then fried with cabbage and other vegetables.
From Hida. Now there are also keichan dishes with soy sauce.
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koi no arai 鯉の洗い carp sashimi
koi koku 鯉コク
and other carp dishes, cut to sashimi pieces and washed in cold water
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komodoofu no nitsuke こも豆腐の煮付け boiled "komo" tofu
Tofu was wrapped in straw and bound tightly as a food to keep.
From Hida, a festival food prepared for many people
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kuri kinton, kurikinton 栗きんとん sweets from sweet chestnuts
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From the Eastern parts of Gifu. Sweet chestnuts are cooked and sived (gesiebt), then sugar is added and they are pressed with a cloth (chakin shibori 茶巾絞り, mit einem Tuch geformte Paste) to give them a special pattern.
They are well liked by poets and enjoyed with a cup of green tea.

kuri okowa, kuri-okowa 栗おこわ steamed rice with csweet hestnuts
From Hida
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.... also gyuu okowa 牛おこわ with Hida gyuu Beef from Hida 飛騨牛

kuwanokimame 桑の木豆おこわ okowa rice with beans
kuwa no ki mame 桑の木豆 (くわのきまめ) is a kind of green beans (ingenmame). kuwa no ki is the mulberry tree, grown to provide food for the silk worms. The beans were grown at the foot of these trees. The beans were dried with the shells and then eaten with the pod.
From 美山町. The area was famous for silk production

ingenmame, ingen mame 隠元豆 haricot beans, Schminkbohne


Meihoo hamu 明宝ハム / メイホウハム bacon from Meiho
Since Showa 28, made from local pork meat.
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Meihoo tomato kechappu 明宝レディース
トマトケチャップ Tomato Ketchup from Meiho
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From very sweet Momotaro Tomatoes.

from Gujo Hachiman Town 郡上八幡特

This looks almost like a little Daruma to me.

Meiho Ham / 明宝ハム


Mino yomenasubi 美濃よめなすび
eggplanst from Mino "for the bride"
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A kind of sweet to go with green tea.
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WKD : Eggplant, aubergine (nasu) ... a KIGO

nasu no misoni 茄子の味噌煮
eggplant boiled in miso
Eggplants are first fried in oil, then dashi, sugar and miso is added for simmering. Some like it really sweet, it is a "Mother's taste".


myoogabochi みょうがぼち mochi wrapped in Japanese ginger
from the Northern part of the province
made from wheat and braod beans
bochi is the local dialect for mochi.
The simple moche were wrapped in a leaf of Japanese ginger (myooga).

renkon katsudon れんこんカツ丼 cotelette with lotus root on rice
with fresh lotus root from the area and local pork

sasanoko ryoori ささの子料理
dishes with sasa babmoo grass sprouts
prepared in May and June to last for the whole year.
From Hida, vegetarian dish.

shinazuke しな漬け pickles from red turnips
benikabu 紅カブ red turnips, mixed with eggplants, cucumbers, myooga ginger and mushrooms. They have to pickle for about 1 month before eating.
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Takayama senbei 高山せんべい / 高山煎餅
rice crackers from Takayama
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tooganjiru とうがん汁 / 冬瓜汁 wax gourd soup
WASHOKU : toogan, wax gourd, white gourd-melon

warabi shiruko わらび汁粉 sweet soup with fern
warabi no ohitashi わらびのおひたし simmered fern
warabi 蕨汁(わらび)bracken

zaigo ryoori 在郷(ざいご)料理/ 在郷料理 vegetarian temple food
From Hida, Furukawa 飛騨古川
Prepared as vegetarian food for meetings of the Pure Land Sect of Shinran, HoonKo 報恩講料理 in memory of the founder Shinran
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Worldwide use

Things found on the way

. Furukawa Drum Festival
古川の起し太鼓 okoshi daiko


tsukudani no inago to natte hige o kosu

to make tsukudani
out of grashoppers ...
strain the whiskers 

Ishida Tokiji 石田時次


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ayugashi o hoshigaru ane ni okuritsutsu

I keep sending
sweetfish cakes to my older sister
who likes them so much

Suiren 水蓮


Takayama ya hanami tsuide no tera mairi

Oh Takayama !
enjoying the cherry blossoms
and a temple visit

Kobayashi Issa

And we have
Takayama Village History and Folk Custom Museum
close by is the
Issa Yukari-no Sato Museum / Museum in memory of Issa

read the discussion here,
Issa was most probably in Hida-Takayama.
Issa and Takayama

Related words

Insects as food (konchuu ryoori 昆虫料理)

***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

***** . Folk Toys from Gifu .