JAPANESE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

Bonito — Ancient, Essential Basis of Japanese Cuisine

Exploring culinary traditions in Izu and Kochi

Diane Neill Tincher
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Published in
7 min readFeb 4, 2024

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Bonito decorated with rice and Shinto folded paper.
Shiokatsuo, an ancient type of dried bonito, is used as a New Year’s offering. (©Diane Tincher)

While hiking in the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka, I was lucky enough to visit an unusual shop. Tucked away up a hill in rural Tago, on the western coast, Kanesa Katsuobushi sells bonito. But not just any bonito, they are…

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Diane Neill Tincher
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