Tokusanhin (特産品) is a Japanese term for specialty food products associated with particular Japanese regions. Tokusanhin are often showcased in ekiben and packaged as omiyage (souvenirs).
Tokusanhin are a category of meibutsu, regional specialties.
Meisho originally referred to sites in Japan famous for their associations with specific poetic or literary references. With the development of woodblock printing and newer styles of tourism during the Edo period, the term came to denote a wider range of places of interest.
Yanaizu is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 November 2019, the town had an estimated population of 3,304 in 1,269 households, and a population density of 19 persons per km². The total area of the town was 175.82 square kilometres (67.88 sq mi).
Ekiben are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on trains and at train stations in Japan. They come with disposable chopsticks or spoons. Ekiben containers can be made from plastic, wood, or ceramic. Many train stations have become famous for their ekiben made from local food specialties (tokusanhin).
Champon, also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish was inspired by Chinese cuisine.
National Route 6 is a Japanese highway from Tokyo to Sendai that goes through the cities Mito, Iwaki and Sōma. It traces the old Mito Kaidō route from Tokyo to Mito, and, for much of its 353.6-kilometer (219.7 mi) route, it runs parallel to the Jōban railway line and the Jōban Expressway.
Ankimo (鮟肝) is a Japanese dish made with monkfish liver.
Omiyage(お土産) is the Japanese tradition of travellers bringing gifts back from their destination to friends, family, and colleagues. Unlike a souvenir, it is not bought for oneself, and are typically region specific food products packaged into several small portions to be easily distributed to those who did not make the trip.
Kakuni (角煮) is a Japanese braised pork dish which literally means "square simmered".
Japanese cuisine has a vast array of regional specialities known as kyōdo ryōri (郷土料理) in Japanese, many of them originating from dishes prepared using local ingredients and traditional recipes.
Hamadōri (浜通り) is the easternmost of the three regions of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, the other two being Nakadōri in the central area of the prefecture and Aizu in the west. Hamadōri is bordered by the Abukuma Highlands to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
Miyagegashi refers to a sweet made with the purpose of selling it as a souvenir. As with most other Japanese souvenirs, the typical miyagegashi is a regional specialty and cannot be bought outside its specific geographic area. The making and selling of omiyagegashi is an important part of Japan's souvenir industry.
Wafū Sōhonke (和風総本家) is a TV program which was produced by TV Osaka and aired on the TV Tokyo network. An edited version was shown on the Netflix streaming service, using the title "Japanese Style Originator". The show also aired with English subtitles on Nippon Golden Network.
The radiation effects from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are the observed and predicted effects as a result of the release of radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichii Nuclear Power Plant following the 2011 Tōhoku 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. The release of radioactive isotopes from reactor containment vessels was a result of venting in order to reduce gaseous pressure, and the discharge of coolant water into the sea. This resulted in Japanese authorities implementing a 30-km exclusion zone around the power plant and the continued displacement of approximately 156,000 people as of early 2013. The number of evacuees has declined to 49,492 as of March 2018. Radioactive particles from the incident, including iodine-131 and caesium-134/137, have since been detected at atomospheric radionuclide sampling stations around the world, including in California and the Pacific Ocean.
The hometown tax is a system in Japan that allows taxpayers who live in urban areas to contribute to rural areas in return for a tax credit from income tax and residence tax. Its creation was announced by the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshihide Suga under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. In July 2014, Abe's then chief cabinet secretary Suga announced that they had established the preparatory office for the “local headquarters”.
There have been more than 300 limited-edition seasonal and regional flavors of Kit Kat chocolate bars produced in Japan since 2000, many exclusive to the country and not produced elsewhere. Nestlé, which operates the Kit Kat brand in Japan, reports that the brand overtook Meiji Chocolate as the top-selling confectionery in Japan from 2012 to 2014. The company's marketing campaign, which partnered with Japan Post to sell the bar in 20,000 post offices, won an award in 2010. The campaign encouraged associations of the product's name with the coincidental cognate Kitto Katsu (きっと勝つ), translated as "You will surely win", and could be mailed as a good luck charm for students ahead of university exams.
Meibutsu is a Japanese term most often applied to regional specialties.
Momiji manjū is a type of manjū and Imagawayaki. The confection is a buckwheat and rice cake shaped like a Japanese maple leaf, and is a local specialty on the island of Itsukushima (Miyajima) in Hiroshima. It is typically filled with red bean paste.
Ekiben Hitoritabi is a seinen manga series by Jun Hayase, serialized in Manga Action. It focuses on the main character, Nakahara Daisuke, as he eats ekiben, bento meals sold at train stations, as he travels around Japan by rail.