For warm nabe hotpot, head to the Tohoku region.
The Tohoku region of Japan experiences severe cold in winter, but it's also the perfect season to enjoy warm hotpot cuisine. In a typical Japanese nabe dish, a large pot ( nabe ) containing various ingredients is placed on a table to cook and then shared among several people. Cooking the dish together promotes communication among the diners. Tohoku is home to colorful and interesting regional nabe dishes that use the unique ingredients of the land—dishes that are deeply involved with the history and customs of the land. We present six such nabe hotpot dishes, one-by-one, from six prefectures of the Tohoku region.