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PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Shokaku - A Local Hidden Favorite Bottled and Delivered to You

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Shokaku - A Local Hidden Favorite Bottled and Delivered to You

This hand-crafted Tosa Vinegar from Shokaku was originally brewed as an ingredient at Mr Fujiwara's sushi restaurant in Itayado (near Kobe). However, thanks to the enthusiasm of his loyal customers, who kept asking for it, Mamoru Fujiwara and his wife along with his son Hironori decided to start bottling and selling the vinegar. Within years, demand had grown to the point that the family needed to build a separate workshop to handle orders. You can now enjoy this Tosa Vinegar, which once enchanted customers at Mr. Fujiwara's small unassuming sushi shop - a local fan favorite goes global!

 

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Doi Farm - Eco-Friendly Approach to Japanese Rice Farming in the Face of Global Warming

Doi Farm Rice Cultivation
Believing that "everything is a resource," Doi Farm developed an eco-friendly approach to rice farming in Nagasaki, Japan by combining rice cultivation with raising pigs. The joint management approach allows by products, which would otherwise be discarded, to be recycled back into the farm. As changes due to global warming have put increased pressure on rice farmers in Japan, Doi Farm offers a hopeful new approach to cultivating rice, while protecting the natural ecosystem.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Morishige - Egoma Kinako Nut Balls that Defy the Odds

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Morishige - Egoma Kinako Nut Balls that Defy the Odds
Nutty, slightly sweet, and aromatic, your taste buds will be delighted by these Egoma Kinako Nut Balls from Morishige, using their specially grown perilla seeds. Morishige overcame years of struggle and losing their farm during the Great Kanto Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 to pursue their dream of producing the highest quality perilla seeds. You can taste their dedication and perseverance in these crunchy snackable treats!

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Exclusive Interview with Marunaka Shoyu - Protecting a 200 Year Old Tradition and a 3 Year Brewing Process to Create a Soy Sauce Above All Others

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Exclusive Interview with Marunaka Shoyu - Protecting a 200 Year Old Tradition and a 3 Year Brewing Process to Create a Soy Sauce Above All Others
We had the honor of sitting down with Atsuko Okabe, Executive Director of Marunaka Shoyu, to hear her story of perseverance and determination as she shares her family's 200 year old traditional soy sauce with the world. Please enjoy this inspirational and exclusive interview.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Kenchanzuke - Preserving the Art and Tradition of Pickling in Japan

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Kenchanzuke - Preserving the Art and Tradition of Pickling in Japan

Kenchanzuke's tsukemono flakes are made from the finest vegetables produced in the Izumo region of Japan. The company hopes to preserve the traditional tastes and methods of Japanese pickling and pass it on to the next generation. The commitment of Kenchazuke to quality pickles can be seen in their motto - No matter how long it takes, we want to make delicious pickled vegetables.” 

 

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Kuwanosato - Mulberry Tea That Embraces Your Heart

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Kuwanosato - Mulberry Tea That Embraces Your Heart

Kuwanosato's delicious mulberry tea is made from 100% domestically produced mulberry leaves grown and harvested on a company-managed farm in Yamanashi Prefecture, the birthplace of “Ichinose Mulberry”. The company has a clear philosophy: "Contribute to local Yamanashi, Japan, and the world with the will to live for a century and to shine in the future of the millennium"

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Konbumura - A Busy Mother Creates Flavors from the Seas of Hokkaido

Konbumura

Konbumura's nutrient-packed seaweed salad mix is made from 100% domestically harvested seaweed varieties, sourced from the cold northern seas surrounding Osatube in Hokkaido. Konbumura works with skilled local fishermen, who know the best time to harvest the different varieties of seaweed, to produce an exceptionally delicious mix of flavors. 

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Tamakiya - Over 200 Years of Tradition

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Tamakiya - Over 200 Years of Tradition

Over 200 hundred years later, Tamakiya is still in the same spot as it was first established and is currently in its ninth generation. The heart and craftsmanship of the traditional flavors still remain and the pure taste and aroma have been handed down through the generations. are still handed down today.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Honda Shoten - 100 Years of Traditional Raw Soba Making

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Honda Shoten - 100 Years of Traditional Raw Soba Making

Honda Shoten uses 100 years of traditional raw soba making methods to create their additive-free, homemade soba made from freshly ground domestic buckwheat flour. 

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Asaya Vinegar's Yamanashi 5 Year Aged Wine Vinegar

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Asaya Vinegar's Yamanashi 5 Year Aged Wine Vinegar

Japan may be famous for its rice wine, but for over 60 years, Takaaki Amamiya, the founder of Asaya Vinegar, has been focused on creating a world-class wine vinegar made entirely from Japanese grapes. In keeping with that intention, he worked day and night to make a wine vinegar that is infused with Japanese food culture.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: JA East Tokushima - Supporting Japan's Local Farmers

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: JA East Tokushima - Supporting Japan's Local Farmers
JA East Tokushima is located on the eastern side of Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan’s major islands and is famous for its 1,200km, 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route. It's also home to some of Japan's best farming grounds. Komatsushima City is famous for its okra production and boasts the oldest cultivation history in Tokushima Prefecture. This is where JA East Tokushima grows and produces the freeze-dried okra powder featured in our July Nourishing Essentials Care Package.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Ikumi Village - Unique Teas Harvested In Nature's Seasonal Cycles

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Ikumi Village - Unique Teas Harvested In Nature's Seasonal Cycles

Ikumi Village is located in the green mountainous region of ​​Shimada City in Shizuoka Prefecture. In harmony with the natural cycles of the seasons, they use traditional tea plantation farming methods that have been certified by World Heritage Tea Plantation Farmers.