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Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan and Mito Kairakuen, one of the three beautiful Japanese gardens

Ibaraki prefecture is located at northeast of Tokyo along the Pacific Ocean. Ibaraki is known for Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan and Mito Kairakuen, one of the three beautiful parks in Japan. Agriculture is popular in Ibaraki as it has a lot of sunny days throughout a year. 

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Hobiki boats are famous sight of Ibaraki prefecture. Hobiki boats were no longer used for commercial fishing at Kasumigaura lake, the second largest lake following Biwa lake, around mid 1960s. But it was renewed for tourism and you can get on board during spring and fall. 

Kairakuen in Mito city is named as one of the three most beautiful parks in Japan and is known for as many as 3,000 plum trees in 100 different types that bloom in early spring. 


Natto - Mito city is known for big production of natto, fermented soybeans.

Namegata don - rice bowl with local vegetables grown in Namegata city and seafoods caught in that area

Shishi-nabe - hot pot with wild boar meat


Yuki-tsumugi is a silk-eating technique that has the longest history in Japan. It traces back to 8th century when a quality cloth was given to the government as a gift. It was used to be characterized as a strong fabric, but nowadays due to the development of woven techniques, it’s known as light and soft texture.


Kasama ware is a pottery made in Kasama area since mid 18th century. Kawama ware is durable thanks to clay that includes iron so Kasama ware has become popular for daily use. 


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Nissei Inc.

2020 2nd session Award


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