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Hokkigai, or surf clam, has a special place in the hearts of the Japanese thanks to its thick meat, unique umami and nutritional value. It's great not only as sashimi, but grilled, deep-fried and more. Over 80% of the Hokkigai caught in Japan comes from Hokkaido Prefecture. We visit Tomakomai, a port city in Hokkaido, and discover the various ways Hokkigai is prepared and eaten there, from sushi to curry! We also find out how fishermen use safe, cutting-edge fishing methods to protect the species.

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Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Our focus today is Nozawana, a leaf vegetable indigenous to Japan. This one-meter-long vegetable is often pickled, as it spoils quickly. Nozawana was first grown in Japan in a village 600 meters above sea level. It has long provided snowed-in villages with a precious source of nutrition during harsh winters. Find out more about the vegetable that went from supporting mountain villages to being loved all around Japan.

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Today we focus on ginger. Often grated, finely chopped or even pickled, ginger is an indispensable ingredient in Japanese cuisine. The pink "gari" eaten with sushi is actually pickled ginger. The spice has become known for its health benefits in recent years, as it improves blood circulation and can even be used as a disinfectant. Let's find out more about the uses of ginger in Japan.

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Trails to Oishii Tokyo is a show that focuses on Japanese food available at Tokyo's food market where every kind of fresh food is gathered from around the country.

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