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.