Mie prefecture boasts bonito fishing in Japan, especially Ise-Shima make the largest catches. Bonito has been eaten in various ways for many years in this area and has greatly influenced the food culture and history of this area.

Bonito is used as a soup stock called “Katsuo-Bushi” inseparable of Japanese cuisine. Nakiri district of Shima city has manufactured the Katsuo-Boshi since long ago, and their product is also presented to the Palace as well as Ise Shrine. The traditional smoking process has past down from generation to generation in Nakiri district, and you can see the manufacturing process by some of the factories.

In addition, “Tekone-Sushi” is started as a fishermen’s fast lunch on board, and locals love it as a soul food. Hamburgers using a fresh bonito are also available currently in the local Berger shops.


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    Mie Ise city

    Ise Confectionary Expo 2017

    Japan’s biggest snack & confectionary festival, Ise Okashi Expo, will take place this year from Friday 21st April to Sunday 14th May. Held for the first time in the Meiji era ...

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    Taiko temple Wisteria Festival

    At Taiko temple, “Wisteria Festival” is held from Saturday 22nd April to Sunday 7th May, that 7 to 8 kinds of wisteria bloom including Ryujin wisteria of 150 year old. The wiste...

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    Mie Ise city

    Spring Kagura Festival

    Since 1945, Kagura festival has been held twice a year, spring and fall, with the purpose of giving the public more opportunity to come in contact with the Gagaku Music. This y...

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    Mie Ise city

    Jingu Limousine

    Convenient express bus “Jingu Limousine” is running between Centrair (Chubu international airport) and Ise. This bus connects “Tsu nagisamachi”, where an express ship to Centrai...

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    Mie Shima City

    Ise-Shima, Home of Pearl

    The history of pearl cultivation in the world started here from Ise-Shima. Mikimoto Kōkichi et al., founders of current MIKIMOTO pearls succeeded in culturing pearls for the fi...

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    Mie Ise city

    Ise-Shunkei

    Ise-Shunkei is the traditional lacquerware of Ise region. Its history dates back all the way to Muromachi period (14-16C). It is said that the carpenters who built shrines rece...

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    Mie Kuwana city

    Kuwana's 'Thousand Paper Cranes'

    In Kuwana, cranes are legendary birds - prevalent in folklore that has been handed down for generations. In the Edo era, the head priest of Choenji temple, Gido (also known as...

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