In search of local gourmet foods, let's go on a trip!
In Japan, there are as many unique local foods as the number of regions. Even though such foods are reasonable and easy to cook, their tastes are unforgettable for the local people for a lifetime. Behind the tastes, you can catch a glimpse of characteristics of each region and lives of the locals. Why don’t you travel from north to south in search of "local gourmet foods" as soul food?
What is a local gourmet food?
Although the definition of local gourmet food is actually ambiguous, it can be considered as foods/gourmet foods which have taken root in the community, and ordinarily exist in everyday life. While “local cuisine” includes fine dining at Japanese-style restaurants, “local gourmet foods” are for ordinary people. Tastes that are loved by local people and familiar to both children and adults have been recognized by visitors as delicious and reasonable foods desired to eat again. Now, such foods are playing an important role in revitalizing the community. In addition, being available only in the region is also one of the attractive points of the local gourmet foods. The taste developed by local people in the region is exceptionally delicious. The memory of eating local gourmet foods in your journey will remain clearly. Perhaps, a sense of taste and memories might be connected directly.
A Taste Representing the Region
Japan is roughly divided in eight regions, i.e., Hokkaido located in the northernmost part, Tohoku region, Kanto region, Chubu region, Kinki region, Chugoku region, Shikoku region, and Kyushu region. Depending on regions, climates and cultures are different. Of course, there are differences in food as well. The taste that has been loved by the local people through the times will be handed down to the next generation and will continue to root in the region. Such local gourmet food is exactly a face of the region. There are people who travel for local gourmet foods. It is fun to visit an unknow area while looking for a gourmet food which is loved by the locals. Why do not you go on a trip hungry to meet the tastes that local ordinary people are proud of.