[JAPAN] The Story of Inawashiro Rice in Tohoku Area

Rice is one of the world’s most important food crops. I do not know how about you, but most of the Asian people depend on rice for their food. I find there’s something interesting about rice in the Tohoku area, Japan, and I want to share with you the story of Inawashiro Rice, starts from how it is grown and how it is produced. Inawashiro itself is a town located in Yama District, Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshu, Japan. It’s the area where the rice is growing at 500 meters above sea level.

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The rice is grown only by the authorized farmers, using guidelines that carried out by the municipal administration of Inawashiro. It explains why the result of the Inawashiro Rice is based on high-quality standards. As I read from the Tohoku Facebook page, Rice Inawashiro is a new type of rice developed through fifteen years of natural trials, with distinctive characteristics as regards to the greatness and the width of the Chicco itself, which makes it ideal for the preparation of the renowned Sushi.

Inawashio area in Fukushima Prefecture

As you can see in the above image, we can see the amazing rice field in Inawashiro and also one of the processes to produce the Inawashiro Rice. “Inawashiro Tenno-tsubu” literally means “grains of rice sent from heaven”. We can see it as a further demonstration of quality and the attention to the process of production that the Tohoku reserve to this important product. 

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Of course, rice quality is influenced by numerous factors and key to determining the price a grower will receive for the harvested crop, but I will not talk details about it. However, the Japanese people believe that Inawashiro Rice in Fukushima is perfect to make sushi and riceball, and do not hesitate to cook it as a Risotto, as in the Italian recipe. To find out more about Inawashiro Rice and Tohoku, please check out their Facebook Fan Page.

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Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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