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Trails to Oishii Tokyo

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Sun Mar 22nd, 10:00am

Today, we focus on the king of fruit, mango. Though often thought of as a tropical fruit, they are also grown in Japan. Large, delicious, gorgeous Japanese mangos are traded at incredibly high prices, and are often given as gifts. Our reporter visits a mango grower in Kyushu to learn more about the secrets behind the production of this high-end fruit. Also enjoy unique seasonings made from mango.

Today, we focus on the king of fruit, mango. Though often thought of as a tropical fruit, mangos are also grown in Japan. Large, delicious, gorgeous Japanese mangos are traded at incredibly high prices, and are often given as gifts. Our reporter visits a mango grower in Kyushu to learn more about the secrets behind the production of this high-end fruit, then enjoy unique seasonings made from mango.

Matcha is known worldwide as a popular ingredient in sweets. But originally, matcha is green tea leaves pulverized into micron-sized powder and mixed into hot water to make tea. We visit Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, a place where matcha is traditionally cultivated and produced, and learn how matcha is used in the tea ceremony, which is considered to encapsulate the spirit of Japanese culture and hospitality. Finally, we see how its unique bitterness is used to create a variety of novel dishes.

Matcha is known worldwide as a popular ingredient in sweets. But originally, matcha is green tea leaves pulverized into micron-sized powder and mixed into hot water to make tea. We visit Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, a place where matcha is traditionally cultivated and produced, and learn how matcha is used in the tea ceremony, which is considered to encapsulate the spirit of Japanese culture and hospitality. Finally, we see how its unique bitterness is used to create a variety of novel dishes.

Today we focus on the most cultivated fruit in Japan, the mikan -- a palm-sized citrus fruit that is so soft and easy-to-eat, you could eat an entire batch. In the autumn and winter seasons, a plentiful amount of mikan can be found in nearly every Japanese home. Learn more by visiting an orchard in Wakayama Prefecture, where mikan trees are seen lined up on steep hills.

Miso is a seasoning born of a fermentation process using various bacteria. It's used to make miso soup, a Japanese soul food essential to daily dining. While miso is produced all over Japan, we go to rice-producing Yamagata Prefecture to check out a traditional production method using giant, 100-year-old barrels. A visit to a Zen temple reveals the deep connection between miso and Zen training. In the ancient capital of Kamakura, we introduce inventive dishes that breathe new life into miso.

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