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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.  

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Goya Company - Delivering Smiles Through Ishigaki Island's Taste And Music

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Goya Company - Delivering Smiles Through Ishigaki Island's Taste And Music

Goya Company was founded by Makoto Iramina, a musician and entrepreneur who's as passionate about music as he is about producing true island flavors from Okinawa.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Pengin Shokudo - Blending Cultures and Local Island Flavors

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Pengin Shokudo - Blending Cultures and Local Island Flavors

Born worlds apart, Gyoho and Airi were brought together over their love of food, traveling and their belief that fresh island flavors can heal. Their story is symbolic of the foods they create and the blend of local ingredients they use.  

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Yuzurikko - Preserving pesticide-free yuzu in Tokushima

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Yuzurikko - Preserving pesticide-free yuzu in Tokushima
Yuzurikko was founded by Sumie Misawa, a 66-year-old lady living in Tokushima prefecture, who wanted to save the precious yuzu fruit the region is famous for.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Atelier Aiakane's Indigo Blue Tea - You've never seen tea like this before

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Atelier Aiakane's Indigo Blue Tea - You've never seen tea like this before

You'll be as impressed by the beautiful aroma and taste of Atelier Aiakane's indigo blue tea as by its breathtakingly vibrant blue color.