Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Over the years, Japanese cheese has evolved to win international prizes. It has a rich aftertaste and umami characteristic of all Japanese cuisine. Visit leading natural cheese factories in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan's largest dairy producer, to discover the secrets behind enhancing quality and a process that involves burying cheese in the ground. Also, meet a young cheesemaker who strives to make his small town famous for blue cheese.

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Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Japanese rice is known for its strong stickiness and sweetness. In Japan, where cooked rice is eaten without seasonings, focus is placed on the deliciousness of rice itself. In spring, planting season, farmers pray to the deity of the harvest for a good crop. In fall, people around Japan celebrate the delicious new rice. Some even have festivals! In Japan, rice is more than just food: it's connected to religious beliefs and culture. This time, rice, which continues to be loved by the Japanese.

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This time, we focus on sea cucumbers. When you see one of these bizarre-looking creatures, you may wonder who first thought of eating them! But they're actually considered a delicacy on the level of caviar and foie gras! They can be eaten raw, of course, and when dried, they sell for high prices abroad. Their dried innards are a perfect match with sake! Join us as we visit the harsh winter seas to see how sea cucumbers are caught, and to learn more about this winter delicacy.

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Today we focus on the most cultivated fruit in Japan, the mikan -- a palm-sized citrus fruit that is so soft and easy-to-eat, you could eat an entire batch. In the autumn and winter seasons, a plentiful amount of mikan can be found in nearly every Japanese home. Learn more by visiting an orchard in Wakayama Prefecture, where mikan trees are seen lined up on steep hills.

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