In the snowy mountain town of Shimizu in Tokachi on the island of Hokkaido, the Morita family has been farming for over a century. A-Net Farm produces Japanese red beans known as azuki, which are a mainstay of Japanese desserts but are a difficult crop to grow. And while most red bean paste is made into a sugar paste known as "an", this unique no-sugar added red bean paste uses fermentation to bring out the natural sweetness the beans.
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!
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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.”
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"
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.
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