What are the risks of consuming this odd, exotic fish? And is the flavor worth it? In this article we visit a fugu farm, where we get to feed these adorable sea creatures, before sitting down to devour one ourselves. We’ll also learn all about the elusive pufferfish from a genuine fugu farmer – Shimojo-san – owner of the fugu restaurant and inn that shares his name .
This Shinto/Buddhist ceremony, known as Omizu-Okuri (Water Sending), is held at Jingu-ji Temple in Obama, Fukui every March 2. This is the preparatory ritual for the Omizu-Tori (Water Receiving) which takes place 10 days later at Todaiji Temple in Nara. The two rituals demonstrate the close ties maintained between Nara and Obama since Japan's earliest recorded history.
While heshiko is believed to have originated during the Edo period, it belongs to an older tradition of preserving food using salt and fermentation. These methods arose out of the necessity of delivering high quality seafood to Nara or Kyoto via the ancient network of roads now known as the Saba Kaido - or “Mackerel Highway”.
In this article, I’ll be taking you on a road trip from Kyoto to the rugged coastline of the Japan Sea, along a network of roads that have been traveled for well over a thousand years. So, sit back and buckle up, and we’ll unearth a few hidden gems along the way and indulge in some culinary delights as well.
This article explores in-depth the relatively unknown – yet easily accessible – destination of Obama. This small seaport, with so many temples and gardens it's known as “Nara by the Sea”, boasts a fascinating history, amazing scenery, and mouth-watering cuisine.
In September of 2021 I walked the historic Saba Kaido with 3 companions, along the route known as the Harihatagoe. Our journey lasted two and a half days and took us along 56 kilometers of steep mountain passes and quaint valley settlements. Along the way we got to enjoy some amazing regional cuisine, and meet plenty of friendly local folks.