SUMMER FOOD CHUGOKU / SHIKOKU
Known to be the world class top notch Japanese sake brewed by Asahishuzo co., Ltd. in Yamaguchi Prefecture is “Dassai Sake”. This sake is made from the belief “We brew sake for sipping, not sake for drinking, not sake for selling”. The Dassai Sake itself tastes honey sweetness that keeps one wanting more. Its refreshing taste is great as a sake and gives a good mouthfeel. It goes well with Yamaguchi’s delicious gourmet.
Back in 1875 in Okayama Prefecture, the cultivation of peaches had begun. Today, white peaches have become one of the most popular peaches in Japan. It is a privilege for the perfect weather climate and the cultivation technology accumulated over many years. It became one of the most famous peaches in Japan.
Known for the great quality as well as high reputation are the grapes in Okayama Prefecture. These grapes are the Muscat grapes. These Muscat Grapes are known to many as the “Queen of Fruits”. The Muscat grapes of Alexandria is widely famous as all over 90% of the market in Japan. Not only that, the charm lies on the fruit Pione in other names “Black Pearl”, and the ever popular Shine Muscat.
Katsuo no Tataki (Seared Bonito)
Located in Kochi is the famous specialty “Katsuo no Tataki” (Seared Bonito). In Kochi’s downtown area, there are many restaurants that also specialize in Tataki. This dish is commonly eaten with plenty of onion, ginger, Perilla Chile vinegar (Tosa vinegar) and garlic on the crispy as well as thick baked bonitos. Once the dish is covered with the desired condiments and sauce, “Tataki” is ready to eat.