Niigata—an exploration of food
Here we present some journeys for enjoying the unique cuisine, sweets, and sake of Niigata Prefecture, located in the central part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, facing the Sea of Japan. In the first section, a food journalist travels around markets seeking classic Niigata ingredients and dishes. In the second section, we introduce cakes made using rice flour, developed recently in Niigata, as well as traditional snacks, as viewed by an expert researcher of confectionary. In the third section, an essayist whose life’s work has been exploring sake breweries introduces the new charms of Niigata sake. This special feature draws on the attractions of Niigata, a treasure trove of food surrounded by rich natural surroundings of sea, river and countryside.