Premier Wakayama Ceremony, a promotional event for Wakayama's premium foods and beverages, was held on November 27, 2015 at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. The ceremony began with a presentation by Premier Wakayama's "Partners," a group of supporters composed of well-known Japanese authors, singers, manga artists, and writers. After their presentations, participants moved to a different room to taste about 20 types of foods, drinks, and desserts from Wakayama that were beautifully prepared by the chefs of Chinzanso.
Wakayama is a prefecture located in the Kansai Region of Japan near Osaka. They are not only famous for their fruits production including oranges, persimmons, and plums (ume), but also for the fresh sea food such as tuna.
Persimmons (kaki): No. 1 production volume & production area in Japan
Wakayama's persimmons are mainly produced in areas near the Kinokawa River such as Katsuragicho and Kudoyamacho. Sushi made with persimmon leaves is a special regional dish of Wakayama that you can't miss if you ever make a visit.
Oranges (mikan): No. 1 production volume & production area in Japan
Orange production in Wakayama has a history of nearly 400 years. They were first produced in Arita around 1570. Grown in the warm climate and sloping land of Wakayama prefecture, the oranges are very sweet and rich. Some juice and jelly products using the sweetest oranges that are certified by the prefecture are chosen as "Premier Wakayama." (Image left: "Kijuku Mikan" Orange harvested after ripened on the tree. Very sweet with dark colored flesh.)
Plums (ume): No. 1 production volume & production area in Japan
Plums have been harvested in the Nishimuro regions from many years ago. Plums from Wakayama has over 60% of the domestic share. The main kind is the "Nanko" and "Kojiro." Pickled plums (umeboshi) and plum wine (umeshu) are very healthy and popular product that are loved by the Japanese people. (Image left: Different types of umeboshi lined up for display, by Bamboo Cut)
Binchotan (charcoal): No. 1 production volume
Wakayama is also known for their high quality "Kishu Binchotan Charcoal." Wakayama has a domestic share of about 50%. Binchotan Charcoals are not only used as fuel, but also for unique food products made with Binchotan powder. (Image left: Binchotan Charcoal)
If you ever have a chance to visit Wakayama, be sure to try out their delicious fruits and seafood!