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Fukushima Aizu


Fukushima 福島

Fukushima Prefecture (福島県, Fukushima-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshū. The capital is the city of Fukushima.

In the 4th century, Fukushima was incorporated into the Yamato Province, Japan's first unified nation.

The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.

The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.
The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.

Fukushima is the southernmost prefecture of Tōhoku region, and the closest to Tokyo. It is divided by mountain ranges into three regions called (from west to east) Aizu, Nakadōri, and Hamadōri.

Legend has it that an ogress, Adachigahara, once roamed the plain after whom it was named. The Adachigahara plain lies close to the city of Fukushima.

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. Aizu matsuri 会津まつり Aizu festival .
and Lord Hoshina Masayuki 保科正之


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Regional Dishes from Fukushima 福島郷土料理

Aizu jidori 会津地鶏 local chicken from Aizu Wakamatsu
They come in many local dishes and in the station lunchbox of
Koriyama 郡山市.
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bandeimochi ばんでい餅 Bandei rice cakes
They are covered with special じゅうねん味噌 junen miso, ten year old miso, and then roasted over a charcoal fire
These mochi are eaten at the rituals at the
. Yama no Shinkoo 山の神講 The Mountain God prayer group .

komugi manjuu 小麦まんじゅう manjuu cakes from wheat flour

konnyaku こんにゃく gelatinous food made from devil's-tongue starch
Konnyaku is grown in Gunma, Tochigi and Fukushima. I
. Konnyaku, konjac, konjak 蒟蒻 Amorphophallus rivieri .

kuriimu pan クリームパン small white bread with cream
from Koriyama 郡山
kuriimu bokkusu クリームボックス toast with cream
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にしんのさんしょう漬け / にしん山椒漬 nishin no sanshoo tsukemono
herring pickled with Japanese pepper

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Herring with sansho pepper
Nishin-No-Sansyo-Zuke is one of the representative dish of Aizu.
Gutted, cleaned and dried herring is pickled with leaves of sansho pepper and soy sauce. This particular dish can be tasted only in Aizu. Characteristic of sansho pepper preserve herring longer, peculiar scent and sour taste can remove smell and bitter taste of fish. The soft body of fish preserved in the way taste awesome. This is the best dish along with drinks and as a side dish. Special ceramic serving bowls are produced.
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. Japanese pepper, "Mountain pepper"(sanshoo 山椒) .


- and one more speciality with Mountain Pepper

sanshoo-uo no kunsei さんしょううおのくんせい smoked salamander
山椒魚の燻製. サンショウウオの燻製
kuroyaki 黒焼き


karee  カレー curry sauce for many dishes

karee chaahan カレーチャーハン fried rice with curry sauce
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karee raamen カレーラーメン noodle soup with curry sauce
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karee yakisoba カレーやきそば fried noodles with curry sauce

- from Aizu Wakamatsu
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kurikomochi, kuriko mochi 栗粉餅 mochi with sweet chestnut powder


kozuyu こづゆ soup for festive situations
tsuyuji つゆじ is another name.
from Aizu Wakamatsu 会津若松

The soup is made with dried scallops (hotategai). Various vegetables and fu gluten are added. Soy sauce and some ricewine give it a special taste.
It is served in wide dishes, often made of red lauquer.
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There is a more simple dish called
zakuzaku ざくざく vegetable soup
where the soup for every day is made from konbu and cheap vegetables like daikon are used.

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KOZUYU (Traditional local soup)
This clear soup is an essential dish served on auspicious occasions, such as at the new year, and at other ceremonial gatherings. Each family has handed down their own recipe to their children and grand children. Basically the soup is made from dried scallop holdfasts, carrots, mushrooms, konnyaku jelly noodles, wheat gluten croutons (mame-fu), seasoned with salt and soy sauce. In addition, it should be served in exclusive bowls, called Teshio-zara, (red lacquer produced in Aizu-Wakamatsu). Long ago, it is a custom to bring great dish served in other houses to your own house and have them with family. Common practice is to have as much of the soup as you like.
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nikusushi, niku sushi 肉寿司 meat sushi
from Aizu Wakamatsu, with ginger
horsemeat 馬肉 is used.

肉寿司三種盛 - 赤身、中落ち、稲荷。

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Shirakawa 白河

ramen with soy sauce flavor

Residents point to the local variety of ramen noodle soup as the town's main claim to fame.

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Shirakawa Daruma Ramen 白河だるまラーメン
Noodle soup "Daruma"

Daruma sake だるま酒 Ricewine in a bottle looking like a Daruma
from Shirakawa
Shirakawa Daruma Ricewine ”白河だるま酒”

Museum : Shirakawa Daruma Dolls 白川だるま


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soba 蕎麦 buckwheat noodles
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Fukushima Soba Kaidoo
Soba Road of Fukushima

Negi-soba (Takato-soba)
Soba with green onion 高遠そば
Taste the history of Aizu.

You can try Negi-soba (soba originated in Takato) at Ouch-Juku in Shimogo-Machi, a town in Fukushima Prefecture's Aizu region. Long ago, when Prince Masayuki Hoshina returned to Aizu from Nagano Prefecture, a retainer from Nagano's Takato clan came with him.
The retainer introduced people in Aizu to eating soba with grated daikon radish when they saw him eating it. The practice spread throughout the Aizu area, becoming known as "Takato-soba."
Some time later, the owner of the Misawaya restaurant at Ouchi-Juku came up with the idea of eating Takato-soba with a green onion in place of chopsticks and use it as a spice. These days, it is a popular local comfront food in Ouchi-Juku. When traveling through Fukushima, this unique local dish should be tried at least once.

Aizu - Home town of soba
Tasty hand-made soba and warm hospitality...
A great treat for the people of Aizu, soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles made in Aizu) has its own unique cultural history. Because the buckwheat is harvested after its ripens, Aizu soba boasts a delicate balance of flavor and fragrance. The native species which have been cultivated in Aizu for generations are especially delicious and yield bountiful harvests. It is from those crops that the famous "Shinano Ichi-go" ("Shinano No.1") soba originated. Recently, cultivation has begun in earnest of a new kind of buckwheat called "Aizu no Kaori ("the flavor of Aizu") . It has been registered as a type of soba unique to Fukushima Prefecture. This new soba is chewy and sweet, and possesses a beautiful aroma. We recommend trying and comparing both the traditional and the new.
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wappa meshi わっぱ飯
(Seasonal rice in special "Mage-Wappa containers)
"Mage-Wappa" is a kind of container which was used as a lunch box by the woodcutters of Hinoemata Village for over 600 years. "Wappa Meshi" contains a variety of dishes made with seasonal vegetables local to the mountains of Aizu.
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yubeshi ゆべし / 柚餅子 sweet made from a yuzu citron.
yuzu is stuffed with mochigome, miso, soy sauce, sugar and nuts, simmered.
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Daikokuya's Kurumi Yubeshi
Kaden Yubeshi


- - - - - Popular Sweets and Food of Fukushima

Daikokuya's Kurumi Yubeshi
Ecusson Pie
Kaden Yubeshi
Kumata Bun
Kuu-ben - bento with Tamakawa village's specialty vegetable, Kushinnsai.
Shibori tomato juice - Using a technique called "Shibori," the tomatoes are grown without being watered, causing their own natural sweetness to come out.
Usukawa Manjuu

Japanese Sake (rice wine) made in Fukushima

Sukagawa City is the hometown of Tsuburaya Eiji, creator of Ultraman.

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Worldwide use

Things found on the way

. Koma 駒 horse folk toys from Fukushima


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***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

March 11, 2011
. Japan - after the BIG earthquake -   





KANTO sweets


Sweets from the Kanto region

In the Kanto area we have some traditional sweets from the Edo period, like grilled dumplings, the taiyaki and ningyooyaki, but we also have some of the earliest sweets with Western influence, coming via the opening of the Port of Yokohama.
In the year 2009, this port celebrated 150 years of operation.
Reference : 150 years of Yokohama

Cheese cake, Baumkuchen rolls and other types of Western cakes and chocolates are only some to name.

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Cake Shops in Tokyo

Gunma prefecture is a great producer of wheat and many sweets are made with wheat flour.


Tokyo Sweets Guide



gokaboo ごかぼう【五家宝/五荷棒】rice flour sweet sticks
Kumagaya, Saitama
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Since the middle of the Edo period.

. Fukutaro Engi Mochi 福太郎縁起餅 .
Mishima Shrine, Shizuoka

heraheradango, herahera dango へらへらだんご / へらへら団子
Kanagawa, Sashima 佐島 in Yokosuka
Prepared from wheat flour and jooshinko rice flour to make balls, then flatten them. The outside is covered with red bean paste.
Made for the Boat Festisval in July of this part of the city.
It is not made for sale and not known much outside of Sashima.
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a kind of ankoromochi あんころ餅. They look similar to akafukumochi 赤福餅 (speciality of Mie prefecture).
In Atami hot spring, Shizuoka, they prepare another kind of herahera mochi with a sauce of sesame flavor.

iga manjuu いが饅頭 / 毬饅頭 / いがまんじゅう special rice cakes
Northern parts of Saitama. iga manjū
IGA is the name for the burr or skin of a chestnut that covers the nut.
Here it signifies an anko-filled steamed bun wrapped in red bean rice (sekihan). The red color is hopet to ward off illness in children.
Saitama is a great producer of wheat flour. It is said to be the best wheat of Japan, grown on the slopes where rice can not be grown.
Igamanju are made for festivals.
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Kamakura sweets
Daibutsu manjuu 大仏まんじゅう / 大仏饅頭
... Sweets from the Big Buddha, Kamakura
Hachimangu kawara senbei 鶴岡八幡宮 瓦せんべい
... Senbei with Hachimangu shrine imprint
Kamakura hato saburee ハトサブレー
... sable bisquits in the shape of doves
Butterkeks in Form einer Taube (Vogel vom Schrein Hachimangu)

kankoyaki かんこ焼き grilled dumplings
Kanagawa, Sagamihara, Tsukui Town 津久井町
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mountain vegetables and mushrooms are stuffet into the manju. It is not really sweet, but eaten as oyatsu snack.
The name comes from a big drum used for Gagaku, kakko 羯鼓(かっこ), which is similar in form.
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Kuzu-mochi 葛餅 arrowroot mochi
Kanagawa, at Kawasaki Daishi Temple
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Minamoto Kitchoan 源 吉兆庵 Seasonal Sweets and Daruma sweets, Kamakura

misopan みそパン bread with miso paste
Numada Town, Gunma 群馬県沼田市
Miso paste is put into freshly baked french bread
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momo serii, momoserii 桃ゼリー peach jelly
Since 1931 Kanagawa produces even more peaches than the famous Okayama prefecture.

ningyooyaki 人形焼 figure waffles
They come from the Ningyocho-District of Edo. 人形町通り

nogonboomochi, nogonboo mochi のごんぼうもち
nogonboo is another name for oyamabokuchi オヤマボクチ ( 雄山火口)
Synurus pungens, a kind of smelly mountain thistle.
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It is a kind of sansai, harvested in spring in the Eastern Chichibu area. It is prepared like yomogi mochi. Prepared in spring and then frozen it can be eaten all year long. The mochi look quite dark in color.

sakemanjuu, sakamanjuu 酒まんじゅう"manju with sake"

Kanagawa, Sagamihara. Sake-manju
made from fermenting kooji and cold rice, then add wheat flour. Filled with sweet bean paste.
They are made a bit different in each family.
They have a saying for the girls in Sagamihara: If you can not spin your own silk and prepare sake manju, you can not get married.
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They are also made in other areas, for example Fukuoka.

taiyaki  鯛焼き sea bream waffles

tansan manjuu 炭酸まんじゅう "carbonated manju cakes"
Gunma prefecture, Saitama prefecture
Gunma is a great producer of wheat and these cakes filled with sweet bean paste are made in every home to serve to visitors.
They are baked with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda, juutansan sooda じゅうたんさんソーダ【重炭酸ソーダ】.
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tochimochi 栃もち, とち餅 mochi from horse chestnuts
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They are prepared for the New Year celebrations in Saitama. The nuts are very bitter and need special preparation to get rid of the bitterness. Mochigome sticky rice is pounded with the horse chestnuts.
It is said to ward off brain hemmorage in the elderly.
Also made in Tottori.

yakimanjuu, yaki manju 焼きまんじゅう grilled manju
For the cold winter Daruma marked, for blossom viewing or other outings, you always feel the smell of grilled manju.
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Some of them are filled with miso paste
miso yakimanjuu 味噌焼きまんじゅう
The manju are on a stick and some sweetened miso paste is spread over them.
It used to be a regional snack (oyatsu) in Gunma. Wheat powder was blended with cloudy sake (nigorizake) to make it ferment. Now they are sold at roadside stalls (yatai) during festivals.

yubeshi 柚辺志(ゆべし)yuzu and walnut jelly
Kanten jelly is dissolved and soy sauce, sugar and mirin added. An egg and juice from squeezed ginger is added and all let to harden in a square pot.
yubeshi 柚餅子 dumpling with yuzu
first prepared for the warlord Takeda Shingen.
Black sugar is melted, the skin of yuzu citrons and walnuts are mixed with kyooriki 強力粉 flower.
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There are different ways to prepare it in various regions of Japan. Most important is brown sugar, waltnuts and the peel of yuzu.
Also from Toyama.

Things found on the way

Daruma Sweets

Famous Daruma Sablee from
Kawasaki Daishi Temple

川崎大師名物 元祖ダルマサブレー

sekidome ame, cough drops from Kawasaki Daishi
cut in a special way, ame kiri 飴切り

Dorayaki, Cakes with beanpaste filling
from Temple Jindai-Ji

Sweets with DARUMA

. ame-kiri no oto ni umoruru hatsu Daishi
the sound of cutting sweets,
just deafening -
First Daishi Ceremony

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tansan senbei 炭酸センベイ
Hyogo prefecture
Prepared with the bubbeling carbonated water from Arima hot spring.

. Arima Hot Spring .
Arima Tosen Shrine 有馬 湯泉神社


Related words

Various types of MOCHI

***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

***** WAGASHI ... Sweets SAIJIKI






The Japanese Food Saijiki



Autumn Food

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Autumn
***** Category: Humanity


The Haiku Autumn begins on August 8, according to the Asian lunar calendar.

There are many food specialities for Autumn in Japan.
In Alphabetical order of the Japanese.
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If the name of a vegetable is mentioned, it represents the cooked form as it is served with rice.

shokuyoku no aki 食欲の秋  Autumn Eating, Autumn Appetite
the season of hearty appetites
the season for strong appetites
feeling strong appetite in autumn


Early Autumn

Sakubei 索餅(さくべい) Sakubei-noodles

Sasagemeshi 豇豆飯 ささげめし
cooked rice with soybeen milk

Shin doofu 新豆腐 (しんどうふ)
new soybean curd, new tofu

Tofu (toofu), bean curd Japan

toogajiru 冬瓜汁(とうがじる)soup with wax gourd tooganjiru

Yakigome 焼米 (やきごめ) roasted rice
yaigome やいごめ、hiragome ひらごめ、irigome いりごめ、
torinokuchi とりのくち
yakigome uri 焼米売(やきごめうり) seller of roasted rice



Botamochi "Ricecakes in difficult times" Gonan no mochi
御難の餅 (ごなんのもち)
in memory of saint Nichiren

Hararago 鮞 (はららご) fish roe, hard roe
harako はらこ、roe of salmon
sujiko 筋子(すじこ) salted salmon roe 、suzuko すずこ、甘子(あまこ)
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harara jiru 鮞汁(はららじる) soup with hard salmon roe
hararago meshi 鮞飯(はららごめし)
cooked rice with hard salmon roe

Hassaku no iwai 八朔の祝 Hassaku Harvest Festival
hassaku gama 八朔釜. Rice Gruel, O-bana no kayu 尾花の粥

Hishikozuke 鯷漬 (ひしこづけ)
pickles hishiko sardines

hishiko hosu 鯷干す(ひしこほす) drying hishiko sardines
hishiko are also called katakuchi iwashi.
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***** Iwashi 鰯 (いわし) sardines and hishiko KIGO List and FOOD

Hizu namasu 氷頭膾 (ひずなます)
vinegared fish head namasu

A speciality of the Northern provinces of Japan. The head cartilage parts are especially chopped up for this.
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Kinukatsugi 衣被 (きぬかつぎ)
cooked satoimo taro potatoes

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A court food of the Heian period aristocracy. A special kind of potato (satoimo 里芋) is cooked with the peel, then the peel is take off and the mash slightly salted.
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Kurimeshi 栗飯 (くりめし)
cooked rice with sweet chestnuts

栗強飯(くりおこわ) kuri okowa
Chestnut, sweet chestnut (kuri) Japan. Castanea sativa


Matsutakemeshi 松茸飯 (まつたけめし)
cooked rice with matsutake mushrooms

kinokomeshi 茸飯(きのこめし)cooked rice with mushrooms
Mushrooms (kinoko, Japan ki no ko, take

とんぶり, tonburi seeds
from the summer cypress Kochia scoparia

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Late Autumn

Asazuke daikon 浅漬大根 (あさづけだいこん)
lightly pickled big raddish

Radish (daikon) Japan. Pickled radish, takuan.

HOW TO prepare tsukemono


Hachi no ko 蜂の仔(はちのこ, 蜂の子)
bee and wasp larvae

roasted bee larvae, jibachi yaki 地蜂焼(じばちやき)
rice with bee larvae, hachi no ko meshi 蜂の子飯(はちのこめし)

Hoshigaki 干柿 (ほしがき, 干し柿)
dried persimmons

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The sight of persimmons lined up to dry from the eaves of a farm house is a special treat of AUTUMN in Japan.
hanging persimmons, tsurushigaki 吊し柿(つるしがき)、tsurigaki 釣柿(つりがき)kushigaki 串柿(くしがき)persimmons on sticks
amaboshi 甘干(あまぼし)、shirogaki 白柿(しろがき)
drying persimmons, 柿干す(かきほす)kaki hosu
kaki tsurusu 柿吊す(かきつるす)hanging persimmons
korogaki ころ柿(ころがき), korogaki 枯露柿(ころがき)
kaki sudare 柿すだれ(かきすだれ)"persimmon curtain"
kaki yookan 柿羊羹 (かきようかん) sween persimmon jelly
Persimmon (kaki, hoshigaki) Japan


Kachiguri tsukuru 搗栗作る (かちぐりつくる)
preparing dried chestnuts

uchiguri tsukuru 打栗作る(うちぐりつくる)
preparing chestnuts by hitting them


Karasumi (からすみ) dried mullet roe
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Chinmi, special delicasies


Kiku namasu 菊膾 (きくなます)
vinegar pickles of chrysanthemum blossoms
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The Chrysanthemum is one of the typical flowers of Autumn in Japan.
Chrysanthemum kiku, chiyomigusa (Japan)
Chrysanthemum Festival kiku matsuri (Japan)
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Kiritanpo きりたんぽ skewers of mashed rice
tanpomochi たんぽ餅(たんぽもち), yamamochi やま餅(やまもち)
CLICK for more photos A speciality of the Akita region. Freshly cooked rice is pounded and mashed, then formed into a cylindrical saussage form around cryptomeria skewer. It is then roasted over an open hearth. It is served with sweet miso or used cut as dumplings in soups and stews.
tanpo is a word for a special spear with a top rounded by cloth, used for practise. The form is similar to this food. Because the food stick is cut (kiri) the name developed.
WASHOKU : Kiritanpo (kiritampo) きりたんぽ skewers of mashed rice


Kuri no ko mochi 栗の子餅 (くりのこもち)
mochi rice cakes from sweet chestnuts

kurikomochi 栗子餅(くりこもち)、kuri no ko mochi 栗の粉餅(くりのこもち)

Kuri yookan 栗羊羹 (くりようかん)
jelly from sweet chestnuts

kurimushi yookan 栗蒸羊羹(くりむしようかん)
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Chestnut, sweet chestnut (kuri) Castanea sativa


Mukago meshi 零余子飯 (むかごめし)
cooked rice with propagule from wild yam potatoes

nukago meshi ぬかご飯(ぬかごめし)、nukago jiru ぬかご汁(ぬかごじる) soup of mukago
imogo meshi 薯子飯(いもごめし) cooked rice with wild yam potatoes
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Sanma .. 秋刀魚 (さんま).. pacific saury fish

aburi-sanma boozushi 炙りさんま棒寿司 pressed sushi with seared saury
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boozushi ぼうずし【棒鮨】 (bozushi) is a kind of pressed sushi.
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Shin kooji 新麹 (しんこうじ) new malted rice
rice yeast, Hefe

Shin mai 新米 (しんまい) New rice
kotoshi mai 今年米(ことしまい)rice of this year
wase no meshi 早稲の飯(わせのめし)
komai 古米(こまい)old rice (of last year)
koko mai 古古米(ここまい)old rice of two years ago
shin mochi 新糯(しんもち), shin nuka 新糠(しんぬか)
..... Rice plants (ine) New rice (shinmai)

Shinshu 新酒 (しんしゅ) ... new ricewine
Rice wine (ricewine) sake, Japan Reiswein

Shin soba 新蕎麦 (しんそば)
new buckwheat noodles
aki soba, autumn buckwheat 秋蕎麦(あきそば)、hashiri soba 走り蕎麦(はしりそば)
hatsu soba 初蕎麦(はつそば) first buckwheat, ara soba 新蕎麦(あらそば)
Buckwheat (soba), Buckwheat flowers Japan


Tochimochi 橡餅 (とちもち)
ricecakes with horse chestnuts

tochimen 橡麺(とちめん)、tochidango 橡団子(とちだんご)
rice gruel with horse chestnuts, tochi gayu 橡粥(とちがゆ)
It takes a lot of effort to get the bitterness out of the chestnuts. But the poor farmers of old did not have much choice but use any kind of nuts from the autumn forrest as food to survive the harsh winter.
..... Horse Chestnut (tochi) Aesculus hippocastanum


Uruka (うるか) salted entrails and roe of ayu trout fish
kouruka (こうるか), wata uruka 臓うるか(わたうるか)
niga uruka, bitter entrails, 苦うるか(にがうるか)
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Yubeshi 柚餅子 (ゆべし) Yuzu rice cakes
yubishio 柚醤(ゆびしお)
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Yuzu citrons are cut out in the middle and filled with a paste of mochigome rice, miso, sugar and soy sauce. They are simmered about 20 minutes. The paste comes out of the top, has to be stuffed in back, then the yuzu is dried in the cold air. This is repeated until the inside is completely dry. Many of my neighbours still prepare this and hand it to their neighbours as an autumn present.
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Yumiso 柚味噌 (ゆみそ) miso with yuzu citron
yuzu miso 柚子味噌(ゆずみそ), yugama 柚釜(ゆがま), yumisogama 柚味噌釜(ゆみそがま)
Yuzu (Japan) a ctiron fruit

yudebishi 茹菱(ゆでびし) boiled water chestnuts
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All Autumn

Edamame 枝豆 (えだまめ) green soybeans snack, twig beans
tsukimi mame 月見豆(つきみまめ) beans for moon viewing
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The green soy beans are cooked for a short while. When they are cold, they are salted and peeled as you eat them.
They are a favorite snack in autumn evenings with a cool beer !

WKD : Edamame and Haiku

TSUKIMI, moonviewing food and haiku


inago 蝗, 稲子 ( いなご) 螽 grasshopper
catching grashoppers, inago tori 蝗捕り(いなごとり)
grashoppers on sticks, inagogushi 蝗串(いなごぐし)
inago no tsukudani

. kohadazushi 小鰭鮨(こはだずし) Kohada sushi  
from spotted shad, Clupanodon punctatus


Saki namasu 裂膾 (さきなます, 裂き膾)
"torn" vinegared sardins

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Suzuki namasu 鱸膾 (すずきなます)
vinegared sea bass
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Tororo jiru とろろ汁 (とろろじる)
grated yam with miso bean paste soup

yam paste, yam gruel
tororojiru 薯蕷汁(とろろじる)、tororo とろろ
yam soup, imojiru 薯汁(いもじる)
yam rice gruel, imogayu 薯粥(いもがゆ)
grated yam with wheat, mugitoro 麦とろ(むぎとろ)
buckwheat noodles with grated yam, sobatoro 蕎麦とろ(そばとろ)
tororo yam, tororo imo 薯蕷芋 (とろろいも) a kind of "long yam", naga-imo
Tororo preparations are especailly common in the mountainous areas, where the yam potatoes still grow, even if rice is scarce. They turn into a rather sticky mass when grated.
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Tororojiru at the Tokaido Hanga and Food
'Mariko no Tororojiru'

tororomeshi, tororo meshi とろろめし rice with ground yam
a specialtiy in many mountainous areas.
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. Yam (Dioscorea japonica), kigo and food  


Yashoku 夜食 (やしょく) Night meal, midnight snack
taking a night meal, yashoku toru 夜食とる(やしょくとる)
eating a midnight snack, yashoku kuu 夜食喰う(やしょくくう)
time for a night meal, yashokudoki 夜食どき(やしょくどき)
rice gruel for a night meal, yashokugayu 夜食粥(やしょくがゆ)
In autumn farmers are especially busy until it gets dark to bring in the harvest. The meal was often taken late an night. Now also students who prepare for an examination take a late meal.

The normal evening meal, supper or dinner is called yuushoku 夕食 and is a topic for haiku.

Worldwide use

Things found on the way


across the Pacific
in their lexicon

Kiyoshi Fukuzawa, Asahi Shinbun, August 2008


surikogi de hae o oi keri tororo-jiru

chasing off flies
with a pestle...
grated yam soup

Kobayashi Issa
Tr. David Lanoue

Related words

*********** WINTER FOOD

*********** SUMMER FOOD

***** The Asian Lunar Calendar. Reference



Toyama Prefecture



Toyama Prefecture (富山県 Toyama-ken)
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Toyama.
Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity due to abundant water resources. The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.

Toyama is a major producer of high quality rice making use of abundant water sources originating from Mt.Tateyama.
Toyama is famous for its historical pharmaceutical industry.

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō 白河郷 and Gokayama are one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Kurobe Dam 黒部ダム
Tateyama Mountain Range 館山連峰 / 立山連峰
. Tateyama Shinkō 立山信仰 Tateyama belief .

Tateyama Mandala 立山曼荼羅
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Hell-bent for Heaven in Tateyama Mandara
Painting and Religious Practice at a Japanese Mountain

Caroline Hirasawa (Sophia University, Tokyo)

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Hell-bent for Heaven in Tateyama mandara treats the history, religious practice, and visual culture that developed around the mountain Tateyama in Toyama prefecture. Caroline Hirasawa traces the formation of institutions to worship kami and Buddhist divinities in the area, examines how two towns in the foothills fiercely fought over religious rights, and demonstrates how this contributed to the creation of paintings called Tateyama mandara.
The images depict pilgrims, monks, animals, and supernatural beings occupying the mountain’s landscape, thought to contain both hell and paradise. Sermons employing these paintings taught that people were doomed to hell in the alpine landscape without cult intervention—and promoted rites of salvation. Women were particular targets of cult campaigns. Hirasawa concludes with an analysis of spatial practices at the mountain and in the images that reveals what the cult provided to female and male constituents.
Drawing on methodologies from historical, art historical, and religious studies, this book untangles the complex premises and mechanisms operating in these pictorializations of the mountain’s mysteries and furthers our understanding of the rich complexity of pre-modern Japanese religion.
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Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in northern Japan. Hagimachi 萩町
Shirakawa  白河郷 / 白川郷 Gifu


Toyama specialities 富山 郷土料理

aimaze あいまぜ mixed radish leaves and root
radish leaves are cut finely and pickled in salt and the radish itself is cut in small stripes, boiled for a moment to remove the salt. This mix is simmered with sakekasu, miso paste and kombu dashi.
from 舟橋村

akakabu ryoori 赤かぶ料理 food with red turnips
pickles, in soups or simmered

akamama, aka-mama 赤まま red rice
made from mochigome, a kind of okowa porridge. With red beans for color. Some families also mix black beans or white soy beans. Served for weddings and festivities because of the auspicious red and white color.

ayu no kanro-ni あゆの甘露煮 sweet simmered ayu sweetfish
fish is slightly grilled and then simmered in green tea with a bit of rice wine, soy sauce, sugar and ginger.

ayu no narezushi あゆのなれ寿し
sushi with fermented sweetfish
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burakku raamen 富山ブラックラーメン Toyama Black Ramen
black noodle soup from Toyama
with roast pork, a rather salty mix from thick soy sauce.
First introduced at a shop called Daiki 大喜 in 1947.
black type ramen soup from Toyama 黒系ラーメン is now sold in four shops
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buridaikon ブリと大根のあら煮 yellowtail boiled with radish
The yellowtail from Toyama bay is all natural and not aquafarmed. It is the "King of the Fish in Toyama Bay" 富山湾の王者, when it arrives in winter together with the snow bird (raichoo). Yellowtail changes its name according to its size and is therefore a fish that "makes a good career" (shussezakana 出世魚). Names are 「tsubain ツバイソ(コズクラ)」「bukuragi フクラギ」「hamachi ハマチ(ガンド)」「buri ブリ」. Thus it is auspicious and eaten for celebrations.
The leftovers after cutting out the filets are called ZAN 残(ざん) (usually for other fish they are called ARA アラ) are boiled with seasonal radish (daikon) to make a delicious dish.
BURI is the most representative fish of Western Japan.
Gelbschwanz mit Rettich, Seriola mit Rettich

..... buri no arani, buri no ara-ni ぶりのあらに / 鰤のあら煮
boiled leftover of yellowtail
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dago だご dumplings from rice flour
dagojiru だご汁
sasadago 笹だご

daikon radish dishes
..... daikon namasu 大根なます salad
..... daikon no gotcha-ni 大根のごっちゃ煮 simmered with its leaves, miso taste
..... 大根まま rice with radish, with radish leaves too

genge no sumashijiru げんげのすまし汁 fish soup
genge is a fish from the deep sea off the coast with white meat. Kombu is also put into the soup. It is good for women who breastfeed babies.

gohei mochi, goheimochi 五平もち, 御幣餅/五平餅
made from glutinous rice and egoma, with a taste of miso.

gojiru 呉汁 warm soup in winter
Soy beans are cooked and seasoned with miso paste. With more tofu and leek.
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gondamochi ごんだもち
glutinous rice flour is used. They are then elongated to mochi and dried. Put into porridge or grilled for eating.

. Hotaruika 蛍烏賊 firefly squid .
different kind of ika is fished throughout the year in Toyama bay.
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hotaru-ika no karashi sunomono ほたるいかの辛子酢物
from 滑川市
..... ika no mochigome tsume-ni いかのもち米つめ煮 stuffed with glutinous rice and boiled
..... ika no sumitsukuri いかの黒作り dried squid, boiled in its ink
..... ika no teppoo yaki いかの鉄砲焼き grilled yari-ika, made in March only.
teppooyaki is a way of preparing meat of fish or chicken with hot red peppers miso paste, toogarashi-miso とうがらし味噌.
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ichijiku いちじくの甘煮・しょうゆ煮 figs simmered with soy sauce
Figs skin is removed and then simmered with sugar and salt in soy sauce.

imo ohagi いもおはぎ dumplings made from potatoes
imo no ohagi イモのおはぎ
in autumn. made from satoimo potatoes and sweet red bean paste.

いとこ煮 cooked beans with radish, carrots, yam, goboo, fried tofu pouches, konnyaku and other vegetables.
special food for the New Joodo sect of Buddhism.

iwashi no nuta 鰯のぬた nuta of sardines
nuta is a preparation with vinegared miso. The head, innards and bones are taken off and the fish is pickled in vinegar for a while. Then mixed with onions, grated radish, miso paste, vinegar and sugar and some yuzu juice..

jinda じんだ / 糂だ simmered vegetables
nukamiso ぬかみそ, jindamiso じんだみそ, gotomiso, goto miso 五斗味噌(ごとみそ)
Warabi fern, carrots, goboo, shiitake are cut finely and simmered sweet and hot. Later soy beans are added.
Served for religious ceremonies 報恩講の膳
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jindadora じんだどら sweet jinda

kabura goki かぶらごき turnip goki
turnips and the leaves are boiled separately and cut, ground radish is added and soy sauce poored over it.

kaburazushi 蕪(かぶら)寿し turnip sushi
prepared for the new year. Fermented fish meat with turnips.
Also prepared in Ishikawa prefecture.

kabura no yachara かぶらのやちゃら turnips salad
turnips, carrots, long yam, kanten, kikurage, mikan are covered with vinegar, sugar and salt. The ingredients of yachara are different in every home. Some use kombu.

kabusu jiru かぶす汁 soup with gazami crabs
watarigani are put in hot water and other seafood is added. Finally miso paste and cut leek is added.

kachiri,katchiri かっちり small potatoes
boiled with sugar and salt and soy sauce. When the potatoes are done, ground sesame, peanuts powder and egoma are added.

kaki no ha sushi 柿の葉寿し
sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves
the leaves are pickled in vinegar over night.

kamaboko かまぼこ fish paste
in special forms of fish in red and white and other colors for auspicious situations.
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kamouri, kamo-uri no ankake かもうり(冬瓜)のあんかけ
toogan 氈瓜 kind of gourd.
The flesh is simmered with sugar in soy sauce. It is poored over boiled chicken meat or other food.

kanmochi 寒もち"Mochi for the cold season"
koorimochi 氷餅(こおりもち), konmochi こん餅(もち), kakimochi かきもち
they come in various colors.
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kazumino onigiri かずみ野おにぎり
oya taro potatoes, kabu radish, dried zuiki taro stems and chicken meat are mixed with rice and formed to onigiri rice balls.
芋茎(ずいき) Zuiki Taro and the 随喜 Zuiki Vegetable Festival

kibi okowa きびおこわ gruel from millet
mochigome rice and millet are mixed, beans are cooked with sugar and soy sauce and added.
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masuzushi 鱒寿司 sushi from Masu salmon
In 1717 a samurai from Toyama, Yoshimura Shinpachi 吉村新八 begun preparing this round sushi with ayu from the river Jinzugawa 神通川 and rice from Etchuu 越中米. The third daimyo of Toyama, Maeda Toshioki 前田利興 (1678-1733) liked it very much and gave it as a special offering to the 8th Shogun, Yoshimune, who was quite a gourmet. Since then it is a speciality of Etchu. Leaves of sasa grass (Sasa japonica) are placed into a round vessel and salted masu salmon on sushi rice is placed on it. It is now sold in many places according to secret family recipies.
sometimes ayu is translated as Plecoglossus altivelis.
Masu-Lachs, Oncorhynchus masou

misojiru ni kyuuri きゅうりのお味噌汁 miso soup with raw cucumbers
Cucumbers are not used in other prefectures as an ingredient in miso soup.
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myoogazushi みょうが寿司
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nishin no konbumaki ニシンの昆布巻き
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sansai okowa 山菜おこわ rice with mountain vegetables

satoimo ryoori
..... satoimo no oyaki 里芋のおやき
..... satoimo no nimono 里芋・大根・いかの煮物
..... satoimo no goma-ae 里芋のごま和え
..... satoimo no dengaku 里芋の田楽

shiroebi no kakiage シロエビのかき揚げ shrimps deep fried

soba tsumanko そばつまんこ buckwheat dumplings
with vegetables like zenmai fern, carrots, sweet ebi, simmered in soy sauce and sugar. Buckwheat is formed by hand to small dumplings and simmered in the broth.

takenoko ryoori たけのこ料理 dishes with bamboo sprouts

tenkoro てんころ料理
ちぼいも chibo-imo potatoes prepared as nikorogashi (じゃがいもの煮ころがし). first boiled in the skin, then fried. Then simmered in soy sauce and sugar and mirin.

toofu no buramanju 豆乳のブラマンジェ
(柚子のマーマレードかけ) with yuzu marmelade

tsuboni, tsubo-ni つぼ煮
from the mountains of Tateyama. Perpared for the mountain ascetics.
Dried kugomi are watered and cooked with carrots. Then cooked with dashi and yam, abura-abe, sugar and soy sauce.
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wappani つぼ煮

yubeshi ゆべし with yuzu
made for festivals, served in a dish with a high stand. Kanten jelly is dissolved and soy sauce, sugar and mirin added. An egg and juice from squeezed ginger is added and all let to harden in a square pot.

zenmai no shira-ae ぜんまいの白和え fern in dressing
with tofu and carrots

Things found on the way

Shirakawa Daruma 白川だるま

Medicine sellers from Toyama 富山の薬売り


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ginkooin ra asa yori keikoo su ika no-gotoku

these bank clarks
already in the morning under flurescent light
like firefly squid

die Bankangestellten
schon früh am morgen im Fluoreszenzlicht
wie die Leuchttintenfische

Kaneko Tohta 金子兜太
Kaneko Tohta (Kaneko Toota) 1919-

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Related words

***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

***** . Folk Toys from Toyama .



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.

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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

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***** WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

. Folk Toys from #Aichi .